What is a Mass Tort?
A mass tort is a civil lawsuit that usually involves multiple injured parties and one, or very few, defendants. Unlike a class-action lawsuit, the plaintiffs in a mass tort are treated individually regarding their lawsuit and compensation, rather than being grouped into a “class”. Mass torts generally involve manufacturers of pharmaceuticals or products that are found to be dangerous and cause adverse side effects in individuals who are exposed. For example, when a pharmaceutical company makes a drug but fails to warn you of the harm it may cause, such as doubling the risk of heart attack, a Mass Tort is instituted.
Like a class action, a mass tort can represent geographically diverse plaintiffs and help reduce the cost of litigation for the plaintiffs. Seeing that each mass tort claim is an individual claim, the plaintiffs usually can’t put together their resources and litigate all of their claims as one group. However, Mult-Litigation allows plaintiff’s firms, like The Cochran Firm, to join with other nationally recognized firms and put together their resources to initiate the defendant's culpability. Because this allows, if the court approves, law firms to create different committees to work on different portions of the case, it significantly reduces the cost and labor that any one firm would spend litigating individual cases.
The most commonly known mass torts lawsuits include mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos, dangerous medical products like inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, dangerous drugs like Zantac, or dangerous products like Roundup weed killer. The Cochran Firm has successfully handled mass tort cases for clients who were negatively affected by:
- Just For Men hair dye
- Valsartan high blood pressure medicine
- 3M Military Earplugs
- The Depuy ASR hip replacement system
- Guidance Defibrillators
- Transvaginal Mesh
- Bard IVC Filters
- Cook IVC Filters
- & more
Types of Mass Torts
There are a plethora of mass torts types, but they can generally be categorized as the following:
- Injuries resulting from defective or dangerous medical devices.
- Injuries resulting from dangerous or contaminated pharmaceutical drugs.
- Injuries resulting from defective or dangerous products.
- Injuries resulting from exposure to toxic contaminations.
Say a manufacturer develops and sells a cosmetic product that contains a toxic ingredient that causes cancer, which leads to the cause of hundreds of cases of cancer. Each individual plaintiff will file their own lawsuit against the manufacturer and is required to prove three things at trial.
- The manufacturer was negligent
- The negligence led to the development of cancer in the victim
- The extent of emotional and physical pain and suffering the victim has undergone
Litigating mass tort claims requires an extensive amount of knowledge about complex litigation. To ensure that your lawyers have the amount of knowledge and understanding necessary to litigate a mass tort claim, you should choose a firm with the right experience. The Cochran Firm has the knowledge and experience in mass torts claim you deserve. With over 20 years of experience in representing mass tort claims from almost every state in the country, ranging from dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices, and defective products, we are the firm for you.
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