Mass Torts in the U.S.: Things to Know
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After you have suffered a debilitating injury, just the thought of calling a personal injury lawyer is often too overwhelming. After all you’ve been through, you don’t want to waste your time or be turned away when you need legal help.
One of the best ways injury victims like you will try to make sense of what you should do next is by heading online and searching Google for the answers to their questions. If you’ve found herself here, chances are, you or someone you love has been seriously injured, and you’ve heard that many other people have suffered injuries in the same way.
Accidents may happen every day, but when a large group of people suffer injuries or become ill due to the negligent or irresponsible actions of another party, these victims may find success in pursuing what’s called a mass tort. We go into further detail below about what a mass tort is and how you’ll be awarded if you win your mass tort claim.
A mass tort is a civil lawsuit that is filed by multiple injury victims who have similar claims against a particular individual or corporation. In many cases, injury victims will seek compensation through a mass tort in the hope of bringing the liable party to justice for misconduct or negligence.
An example could be a mass tort against a company that manufactured a defective medical device that caused debilitating injuries in more than half the people who used the device.
This is different from a class-action lawsuit, where many victims, even those who are still unnamed, are being represented by their “class representatives.” An example of a class action lawsuit could be the Apple iPhone lawsuit where consumers who purchased certain iPhones could be compensated after their aging batteries were throttled.
Since each victim’s case is treated as a separate entity in a mass tort, it is possible that you could be compensated for every single way your life has been affected by your injuries.
This would include compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial losses, as well as your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-monetary ways your life has been turned upside down.
However, it’s also possible that your mass tort could come to a mass tort settlement in which the settlement paid by the liable party would be divided equitably between the plaintiffs. Your lawyer can give you a better idea of what to expect after reviewing the circumstances of your case.
If you believe you have a potential mass tort lawsuit on your hands but you have no idea where to turn to for help, you’ve come to the right place. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a reputable injury lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates when you call 1-800-404-9000 or complete the quick contact form we have included at the bottom of this page.