Los Angeles Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts

Though most mesothelioma victims dream of being able to have their day in court, the truth is that only a small percentage of mesothelioma lawsuits are actually heard by a judge or jury. Though mesothelioma victims may end up with higher awards when their case goes to court, the process is taxing: it can be an emotional challenge to testify in front of a jury while undergoing the rigorous medical treatments that mesothelioma requires, and the adversarial environment that is necessitated during litigation is just too much for many families whose emotional reserves are already being taxed by terminal disease.

Instead, many mesothelioma victims in Los Angeles choose to settle their cases out of court. A settlement represents an agreement between the person who has been harmed and those that they have named in their claim. Guided by your mesothelioma attorney you may find that a settlement offers you the compensation that you need without the emotional roller coaster involved in a trial.

An experienced mesothelioma attorney will prepare for litigation but be prepared to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. Though the decision about whether to accept a settlement offer is entirely up to you, it is your attorney’s responsibility to advise you as to the reasonableness of any offer that a defendant asbestos company makes.

In most cases, the deciding factor in accepting a mesothelioma settlement is the ability to draw the matter to a close more quickly. Trials can take a long time, and even if you win a jury award there is always the chance that the defendant will appeal the decision, prolonging your ability to collect the compensation that you need to pay your medical expenses.

In the hands of an experienced and knowledgeable mesothelioma attorney, the facts of your case can yield a generous settlement. Determining factors in mesothelioma settlements often include:

• The Patient’s diagnosis and medical history
• The number of defendants named
• The location of your filing
• Whether there is proof or a history of negligence
• The amount of medical bills, lost wages and other expenses incurred
• The pain and suffering that the victim has endured

The more emotional and compelling a court case is likely to be to a jury, the higher the compensation offered in a settlement is likely to be. Here are some examples of settlements that have been agreed to in Los Angeles, California:

• $10.3 Million for machinist with mesothelioma exposed to asbestos during Navy service
• $18 million for man in mesothelioma-talcum powder lawsuit following exposure to talcum his father used in his barber shop
• $2.3 million to a 65-year-old homemaker diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma
• $1.3 million to an 85-year-old beautician diagnosed with mesothelioma
• $3.6 million to the family of a laborer diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma
• $4 million to the family of a Los Angeles teacher who died of mesothelioma

Though it is impossible to predict the amount that a mesothelioma victim is likely to be offered, a recent Mealey’s Litigation Report estimates that the average mesothelioma trial award is $2.4 million and the average settlement is between $1 million and $1.4 million.

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