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In mesothelioma legal cases, compensation can come in multiple forms: mesothelioma settlements (which are financial offers reached out of court), jury verdicts from a trial, payouts from an asbestos trust fund, or benefits from a mesothelioma VA claim.
As a leading mesothelioma law firm with a proven track record, Simmons Hanly Conroy and its attorneys have represented thousands of individuals with mesothelioma and recovered more than $7 billion in settlements and verdicts on their behalf.
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 asbestos verdict against a single defendant in the history of asbestos litigation.
Shareholder 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.
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Since 1999, our asbestos attorneys have recovered more than $7 billion in settlements and verdicts for mesothelioma victims to pay for their medical bills and hold the people who harmed them accountable.
A few of Simmons Hanly Conroy’s mesothelioma lawsuit settlement amounts recovered for our clients from around the country are listed below.
In addition to our many mesothelioma settlements, Simmons Hanly Conroy has secured many notable asbestos verdicts on behalf of our clients, including the largest mesothelioma verdict against a single defendant in the history of asbestos litigation ($250 million).
Recently, our mesothelioma trial teams have taken six asbestos cases to trial and were awarded more than $180 million on behalf of our clients. Read more about our recent results secured through the dedication and hard work of our experienced mesothelioma trial lawyers below.
Awarded to a California mechanic diagnosed with mesothelioma in Arthur and Janet Putt against Ford Motor Company.
Awarded to a California supervisor diagnosed with mesothelioma in Norris and Lori Morgan against J-M Manufacturing (J-MM).
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.
Awarded to a Washington Navy veteran in Walter Twidwell against Goodyear. Twidwell is the largest pure compensatory verdict in NYCAL history.
Awarded to a former Louisiana longshoreman diagnosed with mesothelioma in Henry Pete against two stevedoring companies and a shipping company.
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.
“Simmons Hanly Conroy was prepared. They could go back to day one, and I appreciated that. There was no guessing about it; they had the paperwork to back them up.”
–Walter Twidwell, Mesothelioma Warrior and Simmons Hanly Conroy Client
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 (the defendants) agree to compensate you for your injuries.
There are two important reasons why mesothelioma cases settle before trial:
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 asbestos settlements and verdicts.
With that being said, there are many unique factors in each case that can influence the potential value of a mesothelioma settlement.
A variety of factors can impact the potential asbestos lawsuit settlement amount in each case, including:
Strength of Evidence
It was proven decades ago that exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases. Companies that knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure and did not protect their workers were negligent in providing a safe work environment. If your legal team has evidence of a defendant’s negligence in your case, you have a higher likelihood of receiving a bigger settlement. We have decades of experience and an internal warehouse of evidence about the asbestos industry to help build a strong case on your behalf.
Medical Expenses and Lost Wages
If you have an asbestos-related disease, you may face financial challenges as a result of medical expenses and lost wages — the compensation you would have earned if you hadn’t been forced to stop working. Your medical expenses and lost wages usually factor into your settlement amount.
Number of Companies Sued
People are often exposed to asbestos from more than one product, so many companies are 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.
Sometimes companies have insurance coverage to pay asbestos claims, but this also means that the insurance provider will likely be involved in the company’s decision to settle the case or go to trial.
Where the Case Is Filed
Each state has its own laws about asbestos lawsuits. As a national asbestos law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy can help you wherever you may be in the U.S. We’ll file your case in the most appropriate court system to avoid potential complications.
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Since 1999, Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped thousands of clients across the country secure billions of dollars in mesothelioma compensation. Let us help you too — get a free legal case review today.
Each person’s claim is different, but the general steps involved in filing a claim are outlined below.
Contact Our Legal Team
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, your first step should be contacting experienced mesothelioma legal help.
As a leading 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 our clients and their families secure justice and compensation that can help with the cost of treatment.
Contact us today to learn more about your options and how we can help with your case. There are no fees or obligations to speak with our team.
We File Your Claim and Build Your Case
When you work with Simmons Hanly Conroy, our attorneys will handle the legal process for you, from filing your claim to obtaining the evidence, which can include your work history, medical records and other documentation.
“Finding an important piece of evidence, the proverbial ‘needle in a haystack,’ takes time, patience and planning,” Shareholder Ryan Kiwala said, describing how he helps build strong asbestos cases with the firm. “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 — but it’s always gratifying when you find it.”
We Negotiate a Settlement or Try the Case
The vast majority of our mesothelioma cases are resolved before going to trial. If a settlement isn’t reached, or the settlement offer is rejected, the case will continue to the trial phase.
During the trial, both sides present the testimony and evidence they have gathered. At the conclusion of the trial, a jury will render a mesothelioma verdict that decides the outcome of the case.
Although most of our cases result in settlements, your legal team at Simmons Hanly Conroy is prepared to fight on your behalf in court, taking your case to verdict and beyond to secure the results you and your family deserve.
Our mesothelioma lawyers have the resources and experience to hold asbestos companies and manufacturers accountable. These companies failed to warn their employees and end-product users of the dangers of asbestos exposure.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, our experienced mesothelioma attorneys will work to secure a mesothelioma settlement on your behalf.
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When mesothelioma hits a family, we know how hard it hits. It drains your physical, emotional and financial well-being. That’s why, when you take legal action, you empower yourself. And you can make a difference for other mesothelioma victims as well.
Time and again, manufacturing and insurance companies have chosen profits over the lives of workers. As a mesothelioma patient, you can join others and fight back. The more who fight, the more that can be accomplished.
Mesothelioma cancer treatments are costly. They can tear you down, emotionally and financially, at a time when you’re already struggling. If you can no longer work, your family suffers even more due to the loss of your income.
Sadly, mesothelioma patients often drain their savings and retirement accounts trying to pay for life-extending care. In fact, the total cost of mesothelioma treatment is estimated to be over $400,000.
There’s nothing fair about this. The 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.
Because mesothelioma progresses rapidly, asbestos victims seldom have time to plan and provide for loved ones who will be left behind.
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.
It’s in your best interest to explore your legal options and take action as soon as possible after diagnosis. Doing so could increase your overall settlement and even help you start receiving money sooner to cover rising medical costs and support your loved ones.
There are also state laws called mesothelioma statutes of limitations that place time limits on your ability to take legal action. These time frames vary by state and are quite complex.
While many states have a 3-year limit on filing a mesothelioma claim, some states unfortunately offer as little as one year to file a legal claim after the date of the mesothelioma diagnosis.
If the time runs out, you will not be able to file an asbestos claim, ever. Contact our team today to get started.
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 peace of mind just by starting the process. You deserve that, too.
In general, you may be eligible to file a claim to pursue mesothelioma legal settlements if you:
During a free, no-obligation legal consultation, our team can review the details of your case and let you know what your legal options may be. Contact us today to learn more.
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, and we will work to get you compensation in the shortest amount of time possible.
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, any lost wages, your medical expenses, and more.
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:
Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped thousands of families affected by mesothelioma pursue compensation for their asbestos-related illness. Get a free consultation today to see if we may be able to help with your case as well.
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. 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.
With that being said, a few of our past mesothelioma settlements for wrongful death claims include:
Yes — with an established mesothelioma law firm like Simmons Hanly Conroy, you’ll have an experienced legal team working with you to determine your asbestos exposure history and identify the asbestos-containing products you may have been exposed to. Learn more about what we may be able to do for you today with a free legal consultation.
If a mesothelioma patient begins the legal process but passes away before the claim is completed, a family member, loved one, or estate representative may be able to continue the lawsuit and receive mesothelioma compensation on their behalf.
Compensation from a mesothelioma settlement may or may not be subject to taxes. We recommend you consult a tax attorney regarding your specific situation.
Nothing out of pocket. Our clients will never have to pay anything out of pocket, regardless of the case’s outcome. This means 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 for you and your family.
There’s no easy way to predict whether a case will settle out of court or go to trial before a judge and jury. Most of our mesothelioma cases reach settlements, which helps our clients receive compensation more quickly. However, our attorneys are prepared to fight on behalf of our clients in court if a case doesn’t settle.