In legal terms, a tort refers to a wrongful act that causes injury to another. By extension, a mass tort refers to cases where a party, often a company, commits a wrongful act that causes damage to multiple people.

If you’ve been hurt and you’re not the only one, you and your personal injury lawyer can help you get compensated. For more information on what constitutes a mass tort case, examples of acts that tort law applies to, and advice on where to turn if you need to make a claim, read on.

What Happens When a Mass Tort Is Committed?

When a company or organization commits a mass tort, any injured parties may sue for damages and recover compensation for their suffering. Any compensation recovered through this claim may be vital in covering any medical bills or loss of earnings endured due to the accident. Any extended medical treatment or rehabilitation can be costly, which makes recovery tough.

Mass tort lawsuits must be filed individually rather than via a class action suit. Their legal rights may not be afforded the same protections under a class action. Individual lawsuits also allow the court to examine your case’s merits more intricately, while details of your personal experiences may be lost in a class action.

Filing a mass tort claim allows your lawyer to identify tortious behavior in the opposing party and make a claim that reflects the extent of your damages. You can claim for factors like property loss, pain and suffering, punitive damages, and more. Your lawyer can advise you on your claim’s value. A mass tort lawyer can be vital when identifying what you’re eligible to claim.

Examples of Mass Torts

Many acts may justify the filing of a mass tort, depending on how many people these acts affect and the duty of care the plaintiff had at the time of the accident. The following are all common factors in mass tort filings across the United States:

  • Negligence
  • Intentionally inflicting distress
  • Product liability
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Trespass

Negligence is one of the most common factors in mass tort claims. Examples of mass torts involving negligence include asbestos, lead poisoning, and cigarettes. Conditions like mesothelioma or lung cancer due to a company’s failure to protect you from asbestos or other dangerous chemicals are grounds for making a claim.

To avoid mass tort litigation, companies are obligated to maintain safe working environments and address any potential concerns as they arise. Filing a mass tort claim allows you to seek compensation for your suffering and hold businesses accountable for dangerous mistakes.

Choosing the Right Mass Tort Lawyer for You

If you’ve been involved in a mass tort incident and are looking for advice on filing a claim, consulting an experienced lawyer should be your first step. Get in touch with our team at Craig Swapp & Associates to discuss what happened to you and how we can help you.

We’re always happy to help those who’ve suffered an injury or illness fight for the compensation they deserve. You can start with a free consultation by calling 1-800-404-9000 or filling out the online contact form below.

Written By: Ryan Swapp     Legal Review By: Craig Swapp