Many companies, especially construction businesses have found themselves on the receiving end due to exposing their employees to asbestos which has been linked to mesothelioma. The ramification that followed resulted in companies paying millions for victim damages.
Asbestos is like fire, a good servant but a bad monster because despite its wide use in products like building material, it can be disastrous once it is disturbed or it starts degrading, it releases asbestos fibers that has been linked to Silicosis, asbestos cancer, asbestosis and asbestos mesothelioma.
Unlike other settlements, the mesothelioma settlements are a different kettle of fish all together. This can be due to the nature of a mesothelioma lawsuit in America. To begin with, Mesothelioma begins to show its symptoms after 10 – 40 years after being exposed to asbestos.
The victims then have one to five years to file a case after the prognosis of mesothelioma. It is also worth noting that incase the victim of the mesothelioma died, their spouse or heirs can still file a case but within one to three years from the date of death of their beloved.
Though it’s hard to give the tentative figure expected from mesothelioma settlements in America, the settlements always attract substantial money in damages. The mesothelioma settlements are usually subject to factors like lost wages, mental distress, medical expenses and many others. These entire factors play a critical role in the mesothelioma settlements.
It’s also worth noting that more than 90% of mesothelioma claims are settled out of court. This can be as a result of avoiding the long court process. The defendant also at times knows that the case is favoring plaintiff hence they try to convince the victims for an out of court mesothelioma settlements.