When a defective product has a widespread impact on a large group of people, there are only a few ways to hold the manufacturers accountable. One of these ways is through a mass tort, a collection of cases that are similar but are recognized to have independent value. This means that each person filing a claim will be bolstered by the power of everyone else filing a similar claim, without having to sacrifice the significance of their own struggles.
Mass Tort vs Class Action
There’s often confusion about the specific differences between mass torts and class action lawsuits. The simple difference between a mass tort and a class-action lawsuit is that you need to present your individual case to receive compensation in a mass tort; you must itemize the damages you experienced due to a defective product. In class action cases, on the other hand, everyone receives the same amount from the settlement.
For cases in which victims may have vastly different impacts, such as pharmaceutical malfunctions that can cause problems ranging from discomfort to death, mass torts are often the best route. For instance, they allow victims who have experienced the loss of a loved one to receive greater benefits than victims who have injuries from which they can recover. The attorneys at Skinner Accident and Injury Lawyers regularly handle mass torts because we see the importance of compensation that corresponds to damages.
Getting Involved in a Mass Tort
Cases are designated mass torts when large numbers of personal injury cases with similar details are filed. This means that the first step to getting involved in a mass tort is by speaking to an experienced product liability attorney and filing your claim. Your attorney can tell you if there is potential for a mass tort or if there is an ongoing case. If there is an ongoing case, your attorney can advise you on how to proceed.
Mass Torts We Are Involved In
Skinner Accident and Injury Lawyers are currently accepting claims involving medical devices, defective pharmaceuticals, 3M combat earplugs, and Truvada/TFD drugs. Our attorneys are devoted to protecting consumer rights and fighting for our clients and will stop at nothing short of holding unscrupulous manufacturers accountable.
If you or a loved one has been negatively impacted by a defective product, please don’t hesitate to contact Skinner Accident and Injury Lawyers to receive a free case review. Our attorneys understand the ins and outs of defective products cases as well as mass torts and will stand with you no matter what.