Mesothelioma & Asbestos Cancer Lawyers (2022)

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It’s late at night, you’re dozing off with the TV on, the screen goes dark and is soon filled with words in white lettering, as an all too serious narrator begins reading: “If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, call the number on your screen now…”

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Now it’s morning, you’re settling in with a cup of coffee, your eyes are on the newspaper but you’re listening to CNN when, once again, the all too familiar voice beckons: “If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, call the number on your screen now…”

Now you’re up and dressed. Before leaving the house, you flip over to the Weather Channel for a quick check of the forecast, but before you can get your “Local Weather on the 8’s”, you’re forced to once again endure the barely human voice: “If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, call the number on your screen now…”

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Now you’re in the car, you turn on the radio and punch in the “All News All the Time” station for a traffic report when, nestled in between ads for mortgage refinancing and mattress stores, you hear: “If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, call 1-800…”

Now the car is parked and you’re on foot, safely protected from all forms of electronic media. You’re at an intersection waiting for the “Walk” signal when your view is eclipsed by a large bus pulling over at a nearby bus-stop. On the back of the bus is a large rectangular sign with the image of a man with a weathered face and stoic expression, wearing a hard-hat, next to which you see the text: “If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, call 1-800…”

These days there’s no escaping “Madison Avenue” meso lawyers and their seemingly limitless advertising budgets.

“Scorched Earth” Campaign for Meso Victims

2009 was a banner year for attorney advertising. Marketing statistics show that attorney advertising ranked #8 in local television advertising spending. In the down economy, attorney advertising was the only category of local television advertising which experienced an increase in 2009. The law firm which spent the most on television advertising in 2009, the name of which has become synonymous with annoying mesothelioma commercials, spent a whopping $10.98 million!!

In 2009, it is estimated that there were approximately 3,000 persons diagnosed with mesothelioma nationwide. It is only when considering the amount of nationwide advertising dedicated to reaching a limited market of 3,000 people, both in terms amounts spent and resulting air time, that you get a real sense of the “scorched earth” campaign which “Madison Avenue” meso lawyers are waging.

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So who are these “Madison Avenue” meso lawyers who are saturating our airwaves, billboards and bus placards with their distasteful attempts to reach the one out of every 103,000 Americans who will be diagnosed with mesothelioma this year?

Typically, they are national firms which, curiously enough, don’t even specialize in the handling of mesothelioma cases. Instead, many of these firms handle a wide array of cases including pharmaceutical cases, tobacco cases, securities fraud cases, Chinese drywall cases, mold cases, medical malpractice cases and various forms of class action cases. Many of the firms have only recently jumped on the “mesothelioma bandwagon,” adding these cases to their diverse practices.

Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk

Any law firm with a large marketing budget can hire an advertising firm to produce a slick (usually not-so-slick) TV commercial and run demographic studies on the times and channels to run the commercials where they will have the best chance of reaching their “market.” But does possessing the so-called savvy to market legal services the same way others market “male enhancement” products qualify a law firm to represent a family struggling with mesothelioma?

Families afflicted with mesothelioma are concerned, first and foremost, with the health of their Mom, Dad, sister or brother who has been diagnosed. They want to know whether their doctors are experienced in treating mesothelioma and whether they are offering the latest and most innovative treatments which hold the best chance for survival.

Mesothelioma is different than most medical conditions a family will have to deal with. Because of the rarity of the disease and the lack of widely accepted treatment protocols among even the small number of physicians who specialize in treating mesothelioma, it is incumbent upon the family to take a much more active role in directing the medical treatment. This often involves sifting through volumes of information on surgery vs. chemo; if surgery, EPP vs. P/D, etc.

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In order to effectively represent a family afflicted with mesothelioma, a law firm must have the knowledge and experience necessary to quickly educate the family about the full extent of their medical options and assist them in getting prompt attention from the physicians who have developed an expertise in the treatments they are interested in (See our article “Should Lawyers Advise Their Clients on Treatment Options” Published inAsbestos Magazine).

From a legal standpoint, mesothelioma cases present a number of challenges which are not present in other types of personal injury cases. Most personal injury cases involve a single act or occurrence producing an immediately noticeable injury a matter of days, weeks or, at most, months before an attorney is contacted. The attorney therefore has the luxury of meeting the client when the details of the occurrence are still fresh in the client’s and witness’ minds. This makes it relatively easy to identify the one or two products or persons who are responsible for the injury.

In mesothelioma cases, you are dealing with a disease which manifests itself a minimum of fifteen years, and a maximum of 50 to 60 years, following exposures to asbestos. Each and every exposure to asbestos which occurred during this 35+ year window is an act or occurrence which contributes to the injury or disease. In some cases there can be hundreds if not thousands of exposures contributing to the disease.

In order to effectively handle a mesothelioma case, an attorney needs to obtain information from the client, as well as any living witnesses who can be located, regarding the times, places and products involved in all of the asbestos exposures which can be identified over the 35+ year period. Meeting this challenge requires attorneys who are well-versed in the literally thousands of asbestos products which were used in various jobs and applications from the 1940’s through the 1980’s.

Given the number of exposures and the number of products involved, mesothelioma cases typically involve at least 20 and as many as 100 defendants. Each of these defendants is represented by a separate defense law firm whose attorneys are paid between $200 to $800 an hour to try and prove that the disease was caused by someone else’s asbestos.

Because of a mesothelioma patient’s limited life expectancy, efforts must be made to bring the case to trial as soon as the court will allow. These efforts, not surprisingly, are met with great resistance from defense attorneys whose billable rates incentivize them to make the case drag on as long as possible so that the mesothelioma patient never sees his or her day in court. Again, meeting and overcoming these unique challenges requires attorneys who are experienced and have a proven track record in handling mesothelioma cases.

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Are “Madison Avenue” meso lawyers up to these challenges?

Can a family struggling with mesothelioma afford to risk that they’re not?

Getting Clients the Old Fashioned Way…

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Roger Worthington, Esq. (r) observing surgery of client Bill Saller

At the Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, we are proud to say that the vast majority of our new mesothelioma clients are referred to us by current and former clients as well as physicians who have been involved in their treatment. We know that these endorsements cannot be bought by a 30 second TV or radio spot, or by a billboard or bus placard. Each and every one of these endorsements was earned by a 20 year history of caring support and proven results for victims of asbestos cancer, who are the only clients we represent.

We know that families who have been affected by mesothelioma and the physicians who have dedicated themselves to treating this hideous disease are a very close and caring community. We know that you are likely as annoyed and offended by the constant barrage of mesothelioma ads from “Madison Avenue” meso lawyers as we are.

Please make sure that the mesothelioma patients you meet don’t fall victim to the late night sirens’ song: “If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, call the number on your screen now…”

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FAQs

How much compensation can you get for asbestos exposure? ›

Level 4 – for Severe Asbestosis - $42,000. Level 3 – for Asbestosis/Pleural Disease with significantly restricted function - $19,000. Level 2 – for Asbestosis/Pleural Disease without significantly restricted function - $8,000.

How much money do you get if you have mesothelioma? ›

Mesothelioma compensation is a financial award paid to patients and family members affected by mesothelioma cancer. The average settlement is $1 million to $1.4 million.

What is the lowest mesothelioma settlement? ›

Mesothelioma lawsuit settlements average $1 million to $1.4 million. Mesothelioma verdicts average $2.4 million. Actual compensation amounts vary from case to case. At trial, judges and juries consider several factors to determine the awarded amount.

What is the highest mesothelioma settlement? ›

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 asbestos verdict against a single defendant in the history of asbestos litigation.

How long does asbestos Lawsuit take to settle? ›

Although each case is different, many mesothelioma lawsuits start to award compensation in 90 days or less. Further, the entire mesothelioma lawsuit timeline may take under a year in some cases. The average asbestos settlement payout is between $1 million and $1.4 million.

How long do asbestos claims take? ›

A compensation claim for an asbestos related disease can take on average up to 18 months to complete, but more complex claims that need more evidence could take as long as 3 years. Some cases involving terminal illnesses, like Mesothelioma, where someone has limited time left can be settled in only a few months.

Do you pay taxes on mesothelioma settlements? ›

Are Mesothelioma Settlements Taxable? In general, compensation received through a mesothelioma settlement is not taxable. According to section 104 of the IRS tax code, compensation awarded in direct connection to personal injuries or sickness is not taxed.

What are the odds of beating mesothelioma? ›

Mesothelioma Survival Rate – The mesothelioma survival rates is typically 4–18 months after diagnosis, but there have been patients diagnosed with mesothelioma who have lived longer than 10 years. The current five-year survival rate for the disease is just 10 percent.

Is there any hope for mesothelioma? ›

There is currently no cure for mesothelioma cancer. However, patients may achieve long-term remission and increased life expectancy with treatment. Researchers continue to study conventional and new treatments to improve survival for patients.

What is the most money awarded in a lawsuit? ›

Technically, the case against big tobacco was the biggest personal injury settlement in U.S. history although it wasn't a single person or family suing the companies. Forty-six states worked together to sue tobacco manufacturers, and they came away with a $246 billion settlement.

What is the best hospital for mesothelioma? ›

The top mesothelioma centers in the United States include:
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital. ...
  • Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine. ...
  • Washington Cancer Institute. ...
  • The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center. ...
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center. ...
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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Is mesothelioma worse than asbestosis? ›

Prognosis and life expectancy also differ between asbestosis and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma cancer treatment is challenging, and only 23% of patients survive for three or more years. Asbestosis is a chronic respiratory condition and, although also incurable, treatment can prolong survival for several decades.

What is the life expectancy after mesothelioma diagnosis? ›

Only a small number of people are diagnosed with early stage mesothelioma. Epithelioid cell subtype mesothelioma has a better prognosis than other cell subtypes.
...
Survival by location, stage and cell subtype of mesothelioma.
StageMedian survival
121 to 51 months
219 to 26 months
315 to 16 months
48 to 12 months

Is mesothelioma always terminal? ›

Mesothelioma is a fatal disease. Even if caught early, mesothelioma is currently not curable. In very rare cases, mesothelioma can go into remission partially, meaning the cancer is still present but not active. Treatment options are available to extend a patient's life and make side effects more manageable.

How long can you live with Stage 3 mesothelioma? ›

In Stage 3, mesothelioma cancer has spread to nearby tissues, organs and/or lymph nodes. As a result, stage 3 symptoms are more prominent compared to symptoms in the earlier stages. Median survival ranges from 16 to 26 months for the most common forms of stage 3 mesothelioma.

Can you negotiate for asbestos? ›

If a buyer discovers asbestos during their due diligence period, they may try to negotiate removal costs. However, there is no guarantee that the seller will agree to any negotiations,” says Winslow. The cost of asbestos removal depends on how much asbestos is present, but it's not cheap.

How long is too long for asbestos exposure? ›

Generally, those who develop asbestos-related diseases show no signs of illness for a long time after exposure. It can take from 10 to 40 years or more for symptoms of an asbestos-related condition to appear (2).

How long does it take to get mesothelioma after asbestos exposure? ›

It can take 20 to 60 years or more for mesothelioma to develop after asbestos exposure. Most people with asbestos exposure never develop mesothelioma.

How do mesothelioma settlements work? ›

Mesothelioma settlements occur when lawyers who represent asbestos companies agree to compensate a victim who was exposed to the company's asbestos products. On average, mesothelioma settlements award between $1 million and $1.4 million. Our team can help you and your family access financial compensation.

How long after exposure to asbestos does it take to diagnose? ›

What Are the Symptoms of Asbestosis? The effects of long-term exposure to asbestos typically don't show up for 10 to 40 years after initial exposure. The most common symptoms are: Shortness of breath.

Are settlements reported to the IRS? ›

The general rule of taxability for amounts received from settlement of lawsuits and other legal remedies is Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 61 that states all income is taxable from whatever source derived, unless exempted by another section of the code.

How can I avoid paying taxes on a settlement? ›

Spread payments over time to avoid higher taxes: Receiving a large taxable settlement can bump your income into higher tax brackets. By spreading your settlement payments over multiple years, you can reduce the income that is subject to the highest tax rates.

What type of lawsuit is mesothelioma? ›

The two types of mesothelioma lawsuits are personal injury and wrongful death claims. These allow the mesothelioma patient and their loved ones to seek compensation from the company or companies that exposed them to asbestos. The average compensation from a mesothelioma lawsuit trial is $2.4 million.

Can you go into remission with mesothelioma? ›

Can Mesothelioma Go Into Remission? Yes. Although it is rare, many malignant mesothelioma patients have achieved long-term remission despite being given a poor health outlook (prognosis) at first. Remission is a term doctors use to describe how much a patient's cancer symptoms have decreased or disappeared.

Can removing a lung cure mesothelioma? ›

In the case of lung cancer or pleural mesothelioma, it is hoped that performing a pneumonectomy will prevent the spread of malignant cells to other sites in the body and hopefully cure or, at least locally, control the disease. Watch: Karen Selby, RN describes the extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) procedure.

Can a lung transplant cure mesothelioma? ›

Experts do not currently recommend lung transplantation for mesothelioma patients. They reserve donor organs for benign conditions such as severe COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, or interstitial lung disease.

Can chemo shrink mesothelioma? ›

Chemotherapy can also help to shrink or control advanced pleural mesothelioma for some time. This helps some people to live longer. You will have to be fit enough to cope with the side effects to have this treatment. You should talk this over with your cancer specialist.

Can Stage 4 mesothelioma Be Cured? ›

Treatment for Mesothelioma at Stage 4. Chemotherapy is often the best treatment option for patients with stage 4 mesothelioma. There is no cure for the disease, but chemotherapy can shrink tumors to improve the quality and length of life. Mesothelioma treatment options to extend survival are limited at stage 4.

Who is the longest survivor of mesothelioma? ›

What is the longest someone has lived with mesothelioma? Diagnosed in 1997 at age 52, Paul Kraus is currently the longest-living mesothelioma survivor in the world. He believes he experienced asbestos exposure working in a factory as a student in Australia.

Do lawyers have to win a case to get paid? ›

Lawyers who work on personal injury cases for their clients typically will not receive a fee unless they reach a successful outcome for their clients. Simply, lawyers will get paid for winning cases.

What is a good settlement? ›

A good settlement offer should not only be able to cover your hospital bills and legal fees, but it should also be equivalent to close to a years' worth of your current wages, especially in cases where your injuries may be permanent or cause some kind of disability.

What is a big settlement? ›

Large settlement can be defined as loss of ground in the downward direction due to over-excavation as a result of trenchless pipeline installation methods such as horizontal directional drilling (HDD). This can lead to the formation of voids or sinkholes above the borehole leading to borehole collapse.

Can mesothelioma spread to the brain? ›

In rare cases, mesothelioma cancer may metastasize (spread) to the patient's brain. Mesothelioma often begins in the lungs, abdomen or heart after exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a rare disease, accounting for only 0.19% of new cancer diagnoses from 2013 to 2017. Mesothelioma metastasis to the brain is unlikely.

What relieves the pain of mesothelioma? ›

Opioids, such as morphine or oxycodone, are the most common drugs used to control moderate to severe mesothelioma pain. Morphine is available in quick-acting and long-acting forms.

How many chemo treatments are needed for mesothelioma? ›

Chemotherapy for Pleural Mesothelioma

Doctors may prescribe these drugs for two to four cycles. If the tumor does not shrink after the first two cycles, your doctor may recommend that you have four cycles. If the cancer returns, your doctor may prescribe different chemotherapy drugs.

Is mesothelioma death painful? ›

Palliative Care and Mesothelioma

Palliative treatment can alleviate pain, reduce symptoms and, if started early enough, extend a patient's life expectancy. Mesothelioma patients often suffer from significant pain, muscle weakness and difficulty breathing in the end stages of the disease.

Why is mesothelioma so painful? ›

Mesothelioma tumors cause pain as they grow and push against sensitive nerves or vital organs. As mesothelioma cancer progresses, fluid buildup can lead to pain with activity, breathing, coughing and eating. Advanced or metastatic mesothelioma can cause bone or muscle pain as tumors spread throughout the body.

Which body organs does mesothelioma mainly affect? ›

Mesothelioma mainly affects the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), although it can also affect the lining of the tummy (peritoneal mesothelioma), heart or testicles.

What is death like with mesothelioma? ›

You may find that your loved one is less alert, confused, or restless. They may pull at bed covers or have visions of people and places that are not present. As death nears they may be more withdrawn and want to spend time alone. Allow them to do so as they may be mentally preparing for the end of their life.

How long do you live with Stage 4 mesothelioma? ›

Stage 4 mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that has spread to distant body parts. Patients with this advanced stage of mesothelioma live about 12 – 26 months with treatment. Immunotherapy and surgery-based plans have improved survival and quality of life for some stage 4 patients.

How long can you live with asbestos in your lungs? ›

Yes, you can live with asbestosis for years, but there is no cure for this progressive condition. Patients live an average of 10 years with asbestosis. Lung transplantation is the best long-term treatment for asbestosis, but few patients qualify for this serious procedure.

What happens at the end of life with mesothelioma? ›

Most patients die from mesothelioma in stage 4, when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body and caused extensive damage. Late-stage cancer causes organs to fail, impairs the immune system, causes malnutrition and wasting, and can even result in a coma.

How long is chemo for mesothelioma? ›

Chemo cycles generally last about 3 to 4 weeks. Chemo is often not recommended for patients in poor health, but advanced age by itself is not a barrier to getting it. There are 2 main ways chemo can be given to treat mesothelioma.

How long can you live with untreated mesothelioma? ›

The mesothelioma life expectancy without treatment for a late-stage patient is approximately six to eight months. Patients diagnosed with early stage mesothelioma may live one to two years. Factors such as the cancer's stage, treatment, cell type and the patient's overall health impact mesothelioma life expectancy.

Does mesothelioma spread quickly? ›

Mesothelioma tends to spread (metastasize) fairly quickly. Because of this, many experts consider mesothelioma to be an aggressive form of cancer. Numerous factors can affect how quickly mesothelioma progresses and the areas of the body to which it spreads.

How long does it take to settle a mesothelioma case? ›

What Is the Average Mesothelioma Settlement Time Frame? Although each case is different, many mesothelioma lawsuits start to award compensation in 90 days or less. Further, the entire mesothelioma lawsuit timeline may take under a year in some cases.

How do you feel with mesothelioma? ›

Pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the chest) symptoms
  1. Pain in the side of the chest or lower back.
  2. Shortness of breath.
  3. Cough.
  4. Trouble swallowing (feeling like food gets stuck)
  5. Hoarseness.
  6. Swelling of the face and arms.
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Can you claim for being exposed to asbestos? ›

Who can claim compensation after exposure to asbestos? Compensation for a personal injury following exposure to asbestos is available to individuals who have gone on to develop and be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease that is causing a disability.

What is the average payout for asbestosis in the UK? ›

Severe – in more severe asbestosis cases, the compensation awarded for General Damages could be between £30,630 and £84,380. Mild – in cases of mild Asbestosis symptoms, the compensation payout could be between £12,020 and £30,630.

How much money can you get from an asbestos claim UK? ›

The average compensation for asbestos claims is difficult to quantify as each case will be decided on its facts. But typically, a guide can be set out below: A young claimant with serious pain and impairment - £120,000. Lung cancer diagnosis with severe impairment for an older claimant - £90,000.

What is considered high exposure to asbestos? ›

How much asbestos exposure is harmful? There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. Even one-time asbestos exposure can lead to asbestos-related diseases such as pleural thickening, lung cancer or mesothelioma.

How do you prove asbestosis? ›

Your GP may be able to hear a crackling sound in your lungs and may recommend a chest X-ray which, in some cases, can show the scarring of asbestosis. If it's likely you have asbestosis, your GP will refer you to a hospital specialist for further tests such as a lung function test and a CT scan of your chest.

Why do people sue for mesothelioma? ›

The two types of mesothelioma lawsuits are personal injury and wrongful death claims. These allow the mesothelioma patient and their loved ones to seek compensation from the company or companies that exposed them to asbestos.

What part of the body does asbestos affect? ›

Breathing in asbestos fibres over many years eventually causes scarring of the lungs. Symptoms include: shortness of breath. persistent cough.

Is a settlement for mesothelioma taxable? ›

Are Mesothelioma Settlements Taxable? In general, compensation received through a mesothelioma settlement is not taxable. According to section 104 of the IRS tax code, compensation awarded in direct connection to personal injuries or sickness is not taxed.

Is asbestosis a terminal illness? ›

In some cases, asbestosis can lead to life-threatening complications, including lung cancer and heart failure. In severe cases, asbestosis can be fatal.

Is mesothelioma considered a disability? ›

Generally, mesothelioma is considered a 100% disability. If a veteran has multiple disabilities, their compensation may increase. In these cases, the VA calculates the degree of severity of both injuries and determines the appropriate level of compensation.

What is the life expectancy of someone with mesothelioma? ›

Mesothelioma Survival Rate – The mesothelioma survival rates is typically 4–18 months after diagnosis, but there have been patients diagnosed with mesothelioma who have lived longer than 10 years. The current five-year survival rate for the disease is just 10 percent.

Can a blood test detect asbestos? ›

The answer is yes and no. A new blood test has the potential to detect mesothelioma a decade before patients exhibit any symptoms. However, it cannot detect mere asbestos exposure. In fact, some individuals who have been exposed to asbestos never develop the malignant cancer, while others do.

Does everyone exposed to asbestos get mesothelioma? ›

Still, most people exposed to asbestos, even in large amounts, do not get mesothelioma. Other factors, such as a person's genes or having radiation treatments in the past , may make them more likely to develop mesothelioma when exposed to asbestos. Mesotheliomas related to asbestos exposure take a long time to develop.

What are the 3 main illnesses that are associated with asbestos exposure? ›

According to IARC, there is sufficient evidence that asbestos causes mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen), and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovary (8).

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