Recently, former Tennessee State Senator Ray Albright died of mesothelioma.
Former Senator Albright was exposed to asbestos while working in the 50’s and 60’s at Combustion Engineering, where he made covers for boilers by cutting steel with a saw that released asbestos containing dust into the air.
Mesothelioma is often deadly and can affect anyone. Like, former Senator Albright, you may not realize you have been exposed until years later when you’re diagnosed with mesothelioma.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos, you might be wondering if you should go to trial or if you should settle.
Should You Settle or Go to Trial?
Average Settlement in Mesothelioma Injury Cases
According to Mealey’s Litigation Report the average trial award for mesothelioma injury cases is $2.4 million. The average settlement in mesothelioma injury cases is 1 to 1.4 millions.
Looking at these two amounts, you may think that going to trial is your best bet for a bigger settlement, but that’s not always the case. There are several factors you should consider when deciding if you should to trial or settle.
Questions To Ask Yourself When Trying to Decide If You Should Settle Or Go To Trial in Mesothelioma Case
Here are some questions you should consider when deciding if you should settle or go to trial in a mesothelioma case:
- Health Condition of Plaintiff. What is the plaintiff’s prior medical history? How severe are the plaintiff’s symptoms?
- Evidence In Plaintiff’s Favor. Is there evidence that defendant knowingly exposed the plaintiff to asbestos?
- Witnesses. Are there credible witness that can help your case?
- Legal Fees. Are your legal fees mounting?
If you or a loved one has been affected by mesothelioma, Gilreath & Associates can help. Schedule your free consultation.