Some individuals who suffer with mesothelioma and some
families who have lost family members have seeked legal
compensation for the suffering that some companies have caused
allowing this exposure to asbestos. Individual
settlements will vary depending on the merits
of each case, the local laws and other factors.
There is a debate in the US Senate for a national settlement of $140 billion to end asbestos litigation.
Listed below are some example settlements.
Russell Cook, 67, from Bridgewater, MA was a fourth
generation metal lather who come down with mesothelioma.
He was diagnosed two years ago and recently won a settletment
for being exposed to asbestos while working in the
construction industry. Since being awarded the
settlement he has turned into a philanthropist. He has
donated close to $100,000 to charities ranging from
handicapped children to local fire dept. and police dept. to
senior citizens. Mr. Cook was represented by Charles
Herd of Houston, TX.
Richard Spoor, a South African lawyer, successfully sued
Gencor and won a R460 million settlement. Gencor did not
admit liability in this settlement and the money was given to
the Asbestos Relief fund. This is a major victory for
South African miners and their families. Mr. Spoor will
strive for more mesothelioma settlements to help this group of
people, who were not provided adequate protection from
asbestos and thus are now suffering from
The family of Leo Van Hoof (who died of mesothelioma) have
won several settlements which have led to payments ranging
from $3,000 to $10,000. However the payments of these
settlements have been slow to come since many of the asbestos
companies have filed for bankruptcy protection due to numerous
mesothelioma lawsuits. Pat Van Hoof, Leo's wife was also
exposed to asbestos from washing the clothes of Mr. Van
Hoof. She has not yet been diagnosed with mesothelioma,
but is monitor for it.