What are the terms of the settlement?
Your total payment will be around $100,000 but depending on your agreement with your attorney (they generally take a 30-50% cut) and if you had taken a cash advance against your settlement, you will get the balance.
Should you take the settlement?
It does seem that for someone whose loved one is dead (60,000 Americans died due to Vioxx), this is a slap in their face. At the same time, if your loved one was obese, was a heavy smoker, and had other illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, it will be an uphill battle to fight the case.
It also seems that most lawyers are ready to settle and move on. You may have a hard time fighting such a case.
If you were only injured (heart attack or stroke), while you are at high risk of death for the rest of your life, it is best to take the money and run.
What are the next steps?