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Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Mesothelioma patients and their loved ones may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the companies responsible for exposing them to asbestos. Although many mesothelioma lawsuits result in settlements, usually without the client going to court, Bergman Oslund Udo Little is always prepared to take your case to trial if it means securing the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Key Takeaways
  • Mesothelioma compensation for victims and their families can come from several sources, including asbestos trust funds, personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, and settlements, offering financial relief for various expenses.
  • Asbestos trust funds in the U.S. have over $30 billion available for compensation, established by bankrupt companies to pay claims for asbestos-related diseases, with the process being generally quicker and simpler than lawsuits.
  • Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for mesothelioma can result in significant compensation to help cover medical bills, lost wages, and emotional suffering.
  • Settlements allow mesothelioma patients and their families to receive timely financial support without the need for lengthy litigation, with specialized law firms often securing significant compensation through their expertise and negotiation skills.
  • Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit involves a consultation with specialized attorneys, with a limited time to file starting from the date of diagnosis.  Because of this, it’s important to contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible.

How To File a Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer that develops in the tissue lining bodily organs such as the lungs, the heart, and the abdomen. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of this disease. 

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma following asbestos exposure, you can take legal action and seek compensation for your damages. Generally, pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit involves the following steps: 

Step 1: Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney at Bergman Oslund Udo Little

The first step when filing a mesothelioma lawsuit is to consult attorneys specializing in such cases. Our team of mesothelioma lawyers offers a free initial consultation so you can understand your legal options and the best path forward based upon the unique aspects of your case. 

Step 2: We Gather Evidence To Prove Your Asbestos Exposure History

One of our Washington or Oregon mesothelioma attorneys will come to your home to explain the litigation process and work closely with you. At the same time, we are very aware that this is an extremely challenging time for a family and do our best to make it as easy as possible. 

Your lawyer will gather evidence to demonstrate that asbestos exposure was the direct cause of your illness. This evidence includes employment records, witness statements, medical reports, and documentation of asbestos-containing products you encountered.

Step 3: Filing Your Mesothelioma Legal Claim

Our legal team will then prepare and file your mesothelioma claim on your behalf. Filing a lawsuit involves identifying and naming the correct defendants, procuring evidence during discovery, and submitting the necessary paperwork on time. 

Defendants in a mesothelioma lawsuit may include employers, manufacturers, property owners, or product suppliers. We will identify the responsible parties and fight to hold them accountable for putting profits over your life.

Step 4: Negotiating a Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlement

Most mesothelioma lawsuits are resolved through settlement negotiations rather than trial. Our attorneys have fought for clients since 1995 and possess extensive experience securing fair and just settlements that compensate victims for their damages.

Step 5: We Fight for You in Court

If negotiations fail to produce a fair settlement, we can take your case to court. Our attorneys are always making the proper preparations to try your case and have litigated and won numerous settlements and verdicts amounting to $1 billion. We have the resources and fortitude to present evidence and pursue maximum compensation for your losses.

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Why File an Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

Mesothelioma lawsuits allow those who have developed illnesses from asbestos exposure to seek justice against the responsible companies. A lawsuit also can: 

  • Alleviate victims’ financial burden by seeking compensation for the resulting expenses.
  • Hold manufacturers accountable for losses caused by their asbestos-containing products.
  • Ensure individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma focus on treatment as attorneys handle the legal proceedings.
  • Inspire and encourage others facing similar situations to seek justice for themselves.

What Is The Average Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlement Amount?

Mesothelioma lawsuit settlement amounts depend heavily on the unique factors of each individual case. It’s common for payouts to start at around $1 million and can range from $5 million to $10 million for cases that go to trial.

Factors Determining Mesothelioma Lawsuit Payouts

Factors that influence mesothelioma lawsuit settlement amounts include:

  • The disease or form of cancer you’ve been diagnosed with 
  • Your medical treatment costs and related expenses
  • The number of defendants implicated
  • The state where your claim is filed, since the laws and procedures vary by jurisdiction
  • Quality of the evidence collected and presented by your legal team
  • The financial, physical, and emotional impacts the illness has had on your life  

Our mesothelioma attorneys will analyze the factors of your case and ensure you pursue compensation that reflects your loss.

Deadline To File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Mesothelioma lawsuit filing deadlines vary by state and may be as soon as a few years after diagnosis or wrongful death. Missing the deadline for your lawsuit may prevent you from pursuing compensation altogether. That’s why promptly contacting our attorneys is essential to avoid missing crucial deadlines.

Bergman Oslund Udo Little: Filing Asbestos Lawsuits for Over 25 Years

Our firm has a long history of landmark settlements and jury verdicts.  We also pursue cases through the appellate courts which has resulted in expansion of the law for asbestos victims.   Here are some notable examples of our past settlements and verdicts:

  • $30 million verdict in Oregon for a deceased mesothelioma client who worked in a plant that made asbestos pipes
  • $11.2 million for a shipyard worked diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 75
  • $10 million verdict for a 79-year-old mesothelioma victim and his wife for second hand asbestos exposure
  • $8.3 million for a man diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 79
  • $6.8 million for a woman diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 37
  • $6.3 million for a man diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 61
  • $5.75 million for a brake mechanic with mesothelioma
  • $5.6 million for a man diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 58
  • $5 million for a man diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 77

Most cases resolve before trial, but it is critical to prepare every case for the possibility of trial to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. No law firm in the Pacific Northwest has taken more mesothelioma lawsuits to trial than Bergman Oslund Udo Little.  

Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuit FAQs

Who Can File an Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit?

Persons diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease after exposure can file a lawsuit. These include:

  • People exposed to asbestos through their occupation
  • Individuals exposed through secondary or environmental sources
  • Family members of those who died from mesothelioma may file a wrongful death claim 

Consult an asbestos exposure attorney to determine your eligibility and how to proceed.

We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid when we successfully recover compensation for you. This arrangement allows you to pursue a lawsuit without upfront legal fees or financial risk. We will discuss the potential legal fees and costs during the initial consultation.

The amount of compensation in mesothelioma lawsuits varies widely by case. Each lawsuit is unique, and settlements can range from thousands to millions of dollars depending on factors such as your illness’ severity and its impact on you and your family. Our attorneys have a proven track record of winning some of the largest settlements and verdicts in Washington and Oregon.

The timeline for resolving a mesothelioma lawsuit depends on factors such as the case’s complexity, the jurisdiction where the lawsuit is filed, the defendant’s response, and the quality of your legal representation. Mesothelioma lawsuits resolved through settlement negotiations often take several months, while those that go to trial often take a year or longer to resolve. 

Yes, family members can initiate a wrongful death lawsuit after a loved one dies from mesothelioma. Wrongful death claims seek compensation for the losses the deceased suffered before death and those incurred by surviving family members. A mesothelioma lawyer will determine your legal options and eligibility for filing a lawsuit.

Your attorney will handle most legal proceedings, so you don’t have to plan for extensive travel. Mesothelioma attorneys understand the hardships mesothelioma victims and their families face and will work to minimize legal process burdens. We will communicate through phone calls and other virtual means so you can focus on your health.

Get Help Filing Your Mesothelioma Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to file a mesothelioma cancer lawsuit and pursue compensation for your illness from those responsible for your asbestos exposure. We understand the challenges posed by a mesothelioma diagnosis. We will provide compassionate support and pursue justice for you and your family.

Our law firm has successfully secured substantial settlements and verdicts for mesothelioma victims and their families. To learn about your mesothelioma compensation options, contact us at our Seattle office at 206-957-9510, our Portland office at 503-447-6230, or complete our online form.

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