Have you ever purchased a product or service that you believe has or could cause harm to you or your family? Perhaps you have contacted the manufacturer retailer or provider of the service and received no satisfaction. This is why the law permits “classes” of people just like you to band together as one to receive satisfaction from the offending manufacturer or provider of the dangerous product or service.
Companies and corporations can cause harm through negligence and be held financially liable through civil litigation. In practice, however, the immense financial resources that big companies have—and the massive legal teams they often use those resources to retain—can make it virtually impossible for an individual plaintiff to achieve the case result they deserve based on the losses they experienced.
Fortunately, it is possible in situations like this for multiple people who have all been hurt in similar ways by the same company to join forces and pursue their separate claims together through what is known as a “mass tort.” Assistance from a knowledgeable mass torts lawyer from Braddock Law can be vital to pursuing a claim like this effectively, whether you are starting one or joining one already in progress.
What is a “Mass Tort” Claim in Legal Terms?
The word “tort” is a legal term that means “a wrongful act which harms another person”. A “mass tort” is a wrongful act that harms multiple people. Mass torts typically center around defective consumer products, dangerous medications, and defective medical devices, since products of this nature generally cause harm to many patients in many different places.
It is worth noting that mass torts can differ slightly, depending on the circumstances. A typical mass tort involves a group of people with similar or identical claims sharing evidence and working together to pursue all their individual claims at once, with each claim independent from the other and each plaintiff having their damages evaluated separately from others.
Conversely, a “class action” is a type of mass tort in which group members combine their separate claims into a single joint claim, through which they seek a single lump-sum settlement or court verdict which all group members would then split equally. Mr. Braddock, a mass torts attorney, could explain in more detail how this kind of claim is more common in situations where every group member suffered harm in the same way.
Recoverable Damages Through Mass Tort Litigation
Regardless of how a mass tort is structured, everyone involved may demand financial restitution for every form of harm they sustained due to the actions of the defendant(s), just as they could in a claim made against a private individual. Both economic and non-economic losses may be included in a mass tort, including:
- Medical expenses for past and future care
- Lost wages and/or working capacity
- Personal property damage, including costs of replacing a defective product
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional stress and trauma
- Long-term effects of permanent disfigurement/disability
Estimating the value of future damages can be an essential part of achieving comprehensive recovery through a claim like this. However, doing so accurately and within applicable filing deadlines can be challenging without a seasoned mass torts lawyer’s assistance.
Speak with a Mass Torts Attorney About Legal Options
Mass torts are, as the name suggests, massively complicated cases that often face incredibly fierce opposition from named defendants and their court representatives. Even if you have many people on your side dealing with similar injuries and losses, effectively protecting all your best interests is no simple task, especially without support from capable legal counsel from Braddock Law.
A conversation with a mass torts lawyer could help you understand your rights and set you on track for the best possible resolution to your unique claim. Call today to schedule a meeting.