Mesothelioma Settlements & Verdicts

In mesothelioma legal cases, compensation can come in multiple forms: mesothelioma settlements (financial offers reached out of court), jury verdicts from a trial, payouts from an asbestos trust fund, or benefits from a VA claim.

As a leading law firm with over 20 years of experience, Simmons Hanly Conroy has recovered more than $9.3 billion in mesothelioma settlements and verdicts for thousands of clients nationwide.

Call (800) 326-8900 now to see if our mesothelioma lawyers can help your family too.

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Our Record-Breaking Results

One landmark verdict our firm secured awarded $250 million to Roby Whittington, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after working at U.S. Steel for 30 years. This is the largest mesothelioma verdict against a single defendant in the history of asbestos litigation.

Partner Perry Browder, who represented Roby, said the verdict sent an important message to large corporations that they will be held accountable for exposing innocent people to asbestos.

Record Asbestos Verdict

$250 Million

The Largest Asbestos Verdict Against a Single Defendant

Verdict Award Recipient

Roby Whittington

Retired Steel Worker from Indiana

Roby’s Representation

Perry Browder

Partner at Simmons Hanly Conroy

Our Past Mesothelioma Settlement Amounts

As of March 2024, our asbestos attorneys have recovered more than $9.3 billion in mesothelioma settlements and verdicts to help victims pay their medical bills and hold the asbestos companies that caused their illness accountable.

Here are a few of the many mesothelioma lawsuit settlement amounts our firm has recovered for clients around the country.

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$13.1 Million

Occupation: Carpenter
Diagnosis: Pleural Mesothelioma

older factory worker using industrial machine

$3.8 Million

Occupation: Laborer
Diagnosis: Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Uniformed worker standing in front of pipes

$10 Million

Occupation: Boiler Tender
Diagnosis: Pleural Mesothelioma

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  • $12 million to an Illinois laborer
  • $8 million to a Texas pipefitter and plumber
  • $7 million to a California wire installer
  • $6.8 million to a mechanic in Florida
  • $5.6 million to an engineer in Missouri
  • $5.1 million to a union HVAC worker
  • $4 million to a New York general laborer
  • $4 million to an Illinois electrician
  • $2 million for a union laborer in Massachusetts with testicular mesothelioma
  • $3.64 million in settlements to a welder
  • $3.4 million to a Florida U.S. Navy veteran who served aboard the USS St. Louis, USS Dash and USS Assurance
  • $3.5 million awarded to a janitor
  • $1.36 million for a brick loader and tanker driver in Virginia with pericardial mesothelioma
  • $3.9 million in mesothelioma settlements after death to the family members of a Virginia auto mechanic and insulator’s helper
  • $2.73 million to a U.S. Navy veteran from Massachusetts
  • $2.19 million to a bricklayer and U.S. Navy veteran in Pennsylvania
  • $2.53 million in mesothelioma settlements after death to the family of a Michigan maintenance worker
  • $1.2 million for an Alabama truck driver and laborer with pericardial mesothelioma
  • $2.9 million to a U.S. Air Force veteran from South Carolina
  • $4.3 million to a boilermaker and U.S. Army veteran in Florida
  • $1.87 million for an Arizona elementary school employee with testicular mesothelioma
  • $3.45 million to a 61-year-old teacher in Pennsylvania
  • $2.7 million in mesothelioma wrongful death settlements for the family of a plasterer
  • $1 million for a medical writer in Pennsylvania with pericardial mesothelioma
  • $2.9 million to a factory worker
  • $2.4 million to a 69-year-old maintenance worker
  • $4.25 million to a U.S. Air Force veteran and welder in Indiana
  • $3.75 million to the heirs of a 79-year-old Pennsylvania laborer
  • $2.2 million to a U.S. Navy veteran and farmer
  • $2.6 million to a maintenance worker
  • $2.8 million in mesothelioma settlements after death to the family of an Illinois heavy equipment operator
  • $2.3 million for a mechanic and construction worker in Indiana with testicular mesothelioma

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These results are reflective of each individual’s mesothelioma story. Average mesothelioma settlement amounts will vary by case depending on the individual’s exposure, age, diagnosis and several other factors.

Our Recent Mesothelioma Verdicts

Simmons Hanly Conroy has also secured many notable asbestos verdicts on behalf of our clients — including the largest mesothelioma verdict against a single defendant ever ($250 million).

Recently, our mesothelioma trial lawyers have taken 12 asbestos cases to trial and were awarded more than $234 million in verdicts for our clients:

Man in a hard hat using tools at work

$60 Million

Awarded to a New York laborer diagnosed with mesothelioma in Pietro Macaluso v. A. O. Smith Corporation. Macaluso is the largest single plaintiff verdict in NYCAL history.

Image of a naval vessel at sea

$40 Million

Awarded to a Washington Navy veteran in Walter Twidwell against Goodyear. Twidwell is the largest pure compensatory verdict in NYCAL history.

Mechanic using tools on a car

$34 Million

Awarded to a California mechanic diagnosed with mesothelioma in Arthur and Janet Putt against Ford Motor Company.

Supervisor in a hard hat at work

$30 Million

Awarded to a California supervisor diagnosed with mesothelioma in Norris and Lori Morgan against J-M Manufacturing (J-MM).

Mechanic working on a tire well

$20 Million

Awarded to a St. Louis mechanic diagnosed with mesothelioma in William and Cathy Trokey v. Ford Motor Company. It is believed to be the largest compensatory asbestos verdict in Missouri.

Construction worker on a steel beam

$15 Million

Awarded to the family of a New York construction worker who passed away from mesothelioma in Munir Seen v. Kaiser Gypsum.

Longshoreman near a boat at a port

$10 Million

Awarded to a former Louisiana longshoreman diagnosed with mesothelioma in Henry Pete against two stevedoring companies and a shipping company.

Mechanic at work

$8 Million

Awarded to a Louisiana mechanic diagnosed with mesothelioma in Steven Aaron, Sr. v. Ford Motor Company.

Image of welder in action

$7 Million

Awarded to a Pennsylvania welder in Thomas McGlynn v. Jenkins Bros. This verdict marked the first time in NYCAL history a jury’s award was judicially increased.

Autobody work

$6 Million

Awarded to the family of a Missouri laborer who passed away from mesothelioma in the Surviving Heirs of Linda Behling v. Ford Motor Company.

Worker at a construction site

$3.8 Million

Awarded to the family of a Pennsylvania laborer who passed away from mesothelioma in Daniel Rugg v. Washington Penn Plastics.

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Let Our Team Fight for You

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we fight to maximize our clients’ results — and we only get paid if we’re successful in securing compensation for you.

Get a free legal consultation now to learn more about your legal options and how the firm can help with your asbestos claim.

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“Most clients don’t believe you can get anything for these cases. So, when you actually come through for them, it’s one of the best feelings. You’re changing their lives — not just theirs, but their grandkids and their family.”

Laurence Nassif, Managing Partner

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Who Can Pursue an Asbestos Settlement?

In general, you may be able to pursue settlements from a mesothelioma lawsuit if you:

  • Received a mesothelioma diagnosis
  • Are the spouse, child or dependent of the person diagnosed with mesothelioma
  • Represent the estate of someone who has passed away from mesothelioma

Even if your loved one has already passed away, you may still be eligible for mesothelioma wrongful death settlements on their behalf.

Not sure about your legal options? Get free help determining your eligibility now by calling (800) 326-8900 or filling out our contact form.

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How to Seek Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlements

Though each claim is different, pursuing asbestos settlements generally follows these steps when you work with our firm.

As part of this process, your legal team will also pursue compensation from other legal options that may be available to you, like asbestos trust funds and VA benefits.

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Contact Simmons Hanly Conroy

As a leading national mesothelioma law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy has decades of experience with asbestos litigation and a solid track record of results.

Our attorneys have the passion, dedication and experience to help clients and their families secure justice and compensation that can help with the cost of treatment.

Contact our team today to see if you have a case we can help with during a free, no-obligation consultation.

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We’ll Build a Strong Case & File Your Claim

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our attorneys will handle every step of the legal process for you — from building your case to filing your claim.

We’ll gather evidence that shows what asbestos products you were exposed to and the company responsible.

After building your case, we’ll file your mesothelioma claim within the statute of limitations or state deadlines for taking action.

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We'll Fight for a Settlement or Verdict

In the vast majority of cases, we’re able to negotiate mesothelioma settlements with the defendant(s) responsible for your illness — without having to go to court.

Although most of our cases result in settlements, we prepare every case as if it will go to trial, so we’re ready for the fight.

After evidence is presented at the trial, a jury delivers a mesothelioma verdict that decides the outcome of the case.

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See What Our Clients Say

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we stand for our clients and fight for justice on their behalf, aiming to minimize any stress during the legal process and maximize the results in each case. See what some of our past mesothelioma clients have to say about their experience working with us below.

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What Determines Asbestos Settlement Amounts?

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our attorneys’ dedication to our clients, national resources and cumulative centuries of legal experience are what drive our ability to secure meaningful results.

That said, many unique factors in each case can influence the potential value of an asbestos lawsuit settlement amount.

Factors That Affect Asbestos Lawsuit Settlements

A variety of factors can affect the potential asbestos settlement amounts in each case, including:

Strength of Evidence

Companies knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure but acted negligently by not protecting their workers and providing a safe work environment. Identifying evidence of their negligence will improve your chances at a larger mesothelioma settlement.

We’ll use our decades of experience and internal warehouse of evidence about the asbestos industry to help build a strong case on your behalf.

Medical Expenses & Related Costs

If you have an asbestos-related disease, your medical expenses and related costs usually factor into any mesothelioma settlement amounts.

This includes any medical costs that insurance may not cover, like new or experimental treatment methods, traveling to doctors, finding lodging in the area and more.

Number of Companies Sued

People are often exposed to asbestos from more than one product, so multiple companies may be named as defendants when a mesothelioma lawsuit is filed.

It’s now common to have more than 20 defendants in a mesothelioma lawsuit. If the case settles, each company will pay.

Lost Wages

If you have an asbestos-related disease, you may face financial challenges as a result of no longer being able to work.

Because you would have earned this compensation if you hadn’t gotten sick, potential asbestos settlements may include current and future lost wages.

Where the Case Is Filed

Each state has its own laws and deadlines for asbestos litigation. As a national law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy can file mesothelioma claims in all 50 states.

We’ll file your case in the court system that avoids potential complications and secures the most compensation possible.

Experience of Your Legal Team

Our mesothelioma attorneys have centuries of cumulative experience securing asbestos settlements from powerful corporations.

Our ability to successfully handle mesothelioma claims is unmatched — and asbestos companies know this, which often makes them more likely to settle than risk a battle in court.

See If You Qualify for Compensation

During a free case review, we can let you know more about your potential financial compensation options. Call (800) 326-8900 now to see if you may qualify.

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Mesothelioma Settlements vs. Trial Verdicts

When you file a mesothelioma lawsuit for a personal injury or a wrongful death, your case may end in either a trial verdict or a settlement.

Most cases end in out-of-court mesothelioma settlements because the companies that wronged you agree to pay you for your injuries.

There are two important reasons why mesothelioma cases settle before trial:

  • Trials may take a long time to resolve, and clients often need money for medical care
  • Neither side can predict the verdict of a trial, making it riskier for both parties

If the court case is decided in your favor, the verdict may result in more compensation for your injuries — but there’s no guarantee of success, and the results can be appealed.

Our Lawyers Are Here to Help!

The experienced mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy can help negotiate asbestos settlements or try your case in court if needed.

Don’t wait: Get a free consultation today to see if our mesothelioma lawyers can help your family.

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“Going up against a multinational billion-dollar company can seem daunting. But with Simmons Hanly Conroy, you get access to a compassionate team of experienced lawyers that’s leveled the playing field against these big companies time and time again.”

– Partner John Barnerd

Why Pursue a Mesothelioma Settlement?

When mesothelioma hits a family, we know how hard it hits. It drains your physical, emotional and financial well-being.

By taking legal action, you can empower yourself — and make a difference for other mesothelioma victims as well.

Hold Corporate Wrongdoers Accountable

Time and again, manufacturing and insurance companies have put profits over the lives of their workers. As a mesothelioma patient, you can join others and fight back. The more who fight, the more that can be accomplished.

  • Asbestos needs to be outlawed. It’s still legal in the United States.
  • Asbestos companies must face the consequences of their greed.
  • Only when companies are held accountable, will they safeguard their employees and consumers.

Call (800) 326-8900 now for a free case review. We may be able to help you hold the companies responsible for your illness accountable.

Cover Mesothelioma Treatment Costs

Mesothelioma cancer treatments are costly. Sadly, mesothelioma patients often drain their savings and retirement accounts trying to pay for life-extending care.

In fact, the cost of mesothelioma treatment is estimated to be over $400,000 — but there’s nothing fair about this.

The asbestos companies that put you in this position should be held financially responsible for your medical expenses — and that’s exactly what we aim to do on your behalf.

Receive Mesothelioma Compensation Faster

Because mesothelioma progresses rapidly, asbestos victims seldom have time to plan and provide for loved ones who will be left behind.

It’s in your best interest to take legal action as soon as possible after diagnosis. Doing so could increase your overall settlement and help you start receiving money sooner to cover rising medical costs and support your loved ones.

Although it’s a difficult time, you must act quickly. Many courts are sympathetic to your plight and will expedite personal injury trial dates for living victims.

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity!

State laws called mesothelioma settlement statutes of limitations limit how long you have to take legal action. These time frames vary by state and are quite complex.

Many states have a 3-year limit on filing a mesothelioma claim. Unfortunately, some states offer as little as 1 year to file a legal claim after the date of diagnosis.

If the time runs out, you will not be able to file an asbestos claim ever again. Don’t delay — contact our team today.

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Protect Your Family and Find Peace of Mind

When you file an asbestos lawsuit, what you’re saying is: “My life matters. My family matters.”

A mesothelioma financial settlement leaves a legacy for the loved ones left behind, to ease their pain and suffering and to help contribute to their futures.

Many victims find comfort just by starting the process. You deserve that too. Call (800) 326-8900 now to get started.

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“My kids are going to be taken care of. My wife is going to be taken care of. So it’s peace of mind knowing that I don’t have to worry about them down the road.”

John Stahl, Firm Client & Pleural Mesothelioma Survivor

Meet Our Award-Winning Mesothelioma Lawyers

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our mesothelioma attorneys are dedicated to getting our clients the results they deserve. Over the last 20 years, we’ve recovered over $9.3 billion on behalf of clients affected by mesothelioma.

Get to know a few of the firm’s many award-winning mesothelioma lawyers below.

Get Help Pursuing Settlements for Mesothelioma

Since 1999, Simmons Hanly Conroy has secured over $9.3 billion from thousands of mesothelioma case settlements and verdicts across the United States, including the largest asbestos verdict against a single defendant.

Asbestos companies failed to warn their employees and end-product users of the dangers of asbestos exposure. Fortunately, our mesothelioma lawyers have the resources and experience to hold these companies accountable.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our experienced team of attorneys will work to secure a mesothelioma settlement on your behalf — at no out-of-pocket cost to you or your family. We only get paid if your case results in compensation.

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Mesothelioma Case Study: Securing a $2.86 Million Verdict in Court

Although most of our asbestos cases settle, your legal team at Simmons Hanly Conroy is prepared to take your case to trial and fight to secure a verdict in court on your behalf.

In the case of our client Michael, our team presented evidence during trial that showed the asbestos fibers in his lungs came from a specific mine owned and operated by a company in New York.

As a result, a Delaware jury awarded his family with a $2.86 million verdict — the largest asbestos verdict against a single defendant in the state in over a decade.

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Mesothelioma Case Settlements FAQs

Who’s eligible to pursue mesothelioma settlements?

Generally speaking, the following parties may be eligible to pursue mesothelioma legal settlements:

  • The person diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease (like lung cancer or asbestosis)
  • The spouse, child or estate representative of the person with mesothelioma if they have passed away

During a free, no-obligation consultation, our team can review the details of your case and let you know what your legal options may be.

How much are mesothelioma settlements?

Every case is different, and a law firm’s past success is no guarantee of future results. However, a few of our many past mesothelioma legal settlements include:

  • $12 million in pleural mesothelioma settlements to an Illinois laborer
  • $8 million to a Texas pipefitter and plumber
  • $7 million to a wire installer in California
  • $6.8 million to a Florida mechanic
  • $5.6 million to a Missouri engineer
  • $5.1 million to a union HVAC worker with
  • $2.9 million settlement for mesothelioma to the spouse of an Illinois factory worker
  • $1.4 million for a U.S. Navy veteran in Florida
  • $5.6 million for a former airline industry worker
  • $2.7 million in mesothelioma wrongful death settlements to the family of a plasterer in California
  • Over $5 million to a 52-year-old USAF veteran and roofer in Florida
  • $1.3 million to a construction worker in Illinois
  • $4.7 million to a New York laborer

Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped thousands of families pursue compensation for mesothelioma.

Get a free consultation today to see if we may be able to help with your case as well.

What is the mesothelioma settlement statute of limitations?

The mesothelioma settlement statute of limitations is a legal deadline for filing asbestos exposure claims that varies from state to state.

Once this time limit passes, you will not get another chance to take legal action for your asbestos-related disease.

Don’t wait and potentially miss out on money you need. Call (800) 326-8900 now to learn more about your eligibility.

How long does it take to get a mesothelioma settlement?

How long it takes to receive a mesothelioma settlement varies from case to case.

Our attorneys understand how important it is for families affected by mesothelioma to get results quickly, so we work to get compensation in the shortest amount of time possible.

What are average mesothelioma settlement amounts?

Average mesothelioma settlement amounts can be difficult to calculate.

There are a variety of factors that can influence the amount of compensation that can be recovered in each case, including:

  • The severity of your asbestos illness
  • Your medical expenses
  • The number of companies responsible
  • Any lost wages or funeral expenses

While there’s never a guarantee of compensation in any case, we’ll do everything we can to secure the results you deserve. Get started now.

If I pass away before my case is complete, will my family receive the mesothelioma settlement after my death? 

Yes. Your spouse, family member, or estate representative may be able to receive the mesothelioma settlement after death on your behalf.

How much is the average wrongful death settlement for mesothelioma?  

There’s no clear-cut way to determine how much a mesothelioma settlement after death may be worth, and past results are no guarantee of future success.

That said, a few of our past mesothelioma wrongful death settlements include:

  • $10 million to the family of a St. Louis insulator
  • $6.3 million for the family of an Iowa asbestos worker
  • $5.7 million to the family of a Florida maintenance worker
  • $2.86 million asbestos verdict for the family of a factory worker
  • $4.4 million for the family of a woman in Illinois who suffered secondary asbestos exposure
  • $1.57 million for the family of a mechanic in Texas
  • $3.3 million for the family of a U.S. Marine veteran and installer in Ohio
  • $5 million in mesothelioma settlements after death to the family of an Illinois mechanic
  • $3.75 million mesothelioma settlement after death to the family of a 78-year-old Pennsylvania laborer
  • $1.9 million for the family of a U.S. Navy veteran and heavy equipment operator
  • $7.1 million mesothelioma settlement after death to the family of a nurse who was exposed secondhand

Call (800) 326-8900 now to see if we can help your family pursue a mesothelioma wrongful death settlement on behalf of your loved one.

What determines mesothelioma wrongful death settlement amounts?

Mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit settlement amounts are influenced by many different factors in each individual case, including lost potential income, funeral expenses, medical bills and more.

Can I still get a mesothelioma settlement if I don’t know how I was exposed to asbestos?

Yes. With an established mesothelioma law firm like Simmons Hanly Conroy, you’ll have an experienced legal team on your side working to:

  • Determine your asbestos exposure history
  • Identify the asbestos-containing products you may have been exposed to
  • Hold the manufacturers of these asbestos products accountable

“I might have to look through 10,000 pages to find one document or review hours of depositions for an admission from a defendant’s employee,” Partner Ryan Kiwala explained. “But it’s always gratifying when you find it.”

Learn more about what we may be able to do for you today with a free legal consultation.

What are mesothelioma trust settlements?

Mesothelioma trust settlements refer to financial payouts from asbestos trust funds, which are believed to have over $30 billion still available.

Asbestos companies that declared bankruptcy had to set money aside in trusts to pay current and future victims who became ill after exposure to their dangerous products.

Our firm can help you pursue mesothelioma trust settlements at the same time as we file your lawsuit. Call (800) 326-8900 now to learn more.

How much does it cost to seek mesothelioma settlements?

It costs nothing out of pocket to seek a mesothelioma settlement. Our clients will never have to pay any upfront or hourly fees, regardless of their case’s outcome.

If our attorneys are unable to secure mesothelioma compensation on your behalf, you owe us nothing.

We only get paid if and when we secure a mesothelioma settlement or verdict for you and your family.

Are mesothelioma settlements taxable income? 

Compensation from a mesothelioma settlement may or may not be subject to taxes. We recommend you consult a tax attorney regarding your specific situation.

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Chairman of Simmons Hanly Conroy

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John Simmons is a founder and Chairman of Simmons Hanly Conroy. After serving in the U.S. Army, he went on to earn his Doctor of Law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law. He has helped recover some of the biggest verdicts and settlements in asbestos litigation history and is rated as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.