Several variables are involved with the calculation of an insurance settlement or jury verdict award, so there is no real average settlement for a Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuit. These factors are so varied among plaintiffs in a Monsanto Roundup claim or lawsuit that to talk about an average settlement renders no real value. Instead, we shall explore the factors that your lawyer can apply to your Roundup case to estimate its value.
Injuries in products liability cases can include anything from bone fractures to severe burns. In Roundup cases against Monsanto, most plaintiffs’ claims suffering from cancer—most commonly non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), but other cancers, too. The particular cancer or other diseases you developed from exposure to Roundup will determine many of your medical costs, like hospitalization and medicines, for example. Complications from your illness can open up other medical expense streams. Your prognosis will enter into this calculation, too, in terms of calculating future expenses that should be accounted for in a settlement.
Often, a person who suffers from cancer, especially in its advanced stages, will miss days at work while they are being treated, or even on days when their cancer symptoms are especially debilitating. At some point, the patient may feel the need to stop working completely. The income or wages lost due to missed days, as well as any lost or diminished future earning potential constitute recoverable damages. The amount you are entitled to recover is calculated using past wage statements and taxes. Experts in the fields of economics and vocational therapy may also provide their professional opinions regarding the economic impact of your cancer as it relates to your employment and income.
The physical and emotional stress you endure in connection with your Roundup-caused cancer or other disease carries a value that will factor into your lawsuit settlement. Physical pain and suffering covers the pain and discomfort directly related to the injury—not only existing pain and discomfort, but also what is anticipated in the future as the disease progresses.
Mental pain and suffering envelopes such things as emotional distress, mental anguish, anxiety, fear, and so on. Any way in which your injury has affected you with a negative emotion has a value that works into your settlement.
When calculating pain and suffering damages, your lawyer might use one of two methods: per diem or multiplier.
When a jury feels that the defendant’s actions call for not only compensation of the plaintiff’s losses, but also a financial punishment, they will often award the plaintiff punitive damages. Punitive damages do not apply to insurance or out-of-court settlements.
Juries in several Roundup cases that have already gone to trial have awarded hefty punitive damages. One plaintiff was awarded $2 billion dollars in damages.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer due to Roundup exposure, a products liability lawyer from Newsome Melton will work tirelessly to champion your right to compensation. While we cannot give you an average settlement for a Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuit, we will negotiate with the defendants for a generous settlement. If they do not agree to fair compensation, we will take Monsanto to court and fight for maximum damages from a jury verdict.
Call Newsome Melton today at (888) 808-5977 for a free case review and consultation.