In mass tort cases, individuals who have suffered a similar type of harm file a lawsuit or lawsuits against one or more responsible parties to recover compensation for the harm.
These individual lawsuits are often consolidated, which can ensure that clients receive fair and full compensation. At Singleton Schreiber, our mass tort lawyers use their expertise in this complex form of litigation to help clients across the United States.
What is a Mass Tort?
Torts are wrongful acts that give rise to civil, as opposed to criminal, liability. A mass tort occurs when one or more parties cause the same type of harm to several individuals who coordinate their claims as a group. The group of plaintiffs bringing complaints may include just a few individuals — or may total hundreds or even thousands of people.
Filing a single individual tort claim against a big corporation can be expensive and time consuming. But when multiple individuals who have suffered similar injuries coordinate their lawsuits, they can pursue their claims in a more cost-effective, efficient way.
By filing multiple claims in one mass tort case, the injured parties can combine their resources and have their claims resolved simultaneously. If more than one lawsuit has been filed, these lawsuits are often transferred to a single court where the court, attorneys, and parties can collaborate to resolve each individual claim. This collaboration can help ensure each client gets the fair and full compensation they deserve.
Types of Mass Torts
The Singleton Schreiber lawyers are skilled in handling two types of mass tort cases: product defect cases and environmental/toxic tort cases. Let’s dive deeper into what each of these mean.
Mass-produced products that are defective or dangerous may include things like faulty medical devices, car or truck defects, and unsafe medications or over-the-counter consumer products. When these products are mass-produced and injure or even cause the deaths of a group of individuals, a defective product lawsuit may be appropriate.
Read more about Singleton Schreiber product defect lawsuits, including claims involving products like Elmiron, hair relaxer, Ozempic, phenylephrine and 3M earplugs.
A major industrial accident or environmental disaster can threaten your health, business, and livelihood. At Singleton Schreiber, we fight corporations whose negligence and greed cause environmental disasters that risk public health and prosperity.
Singleton Schreiber’s mass tort attorneys who specialize in toxic torts can help you recover if you have been the victim of an environmental tort. While many victims are uninsured, even those with insurance rarely recover all they are entitled to and are left with uncovered losses. We will fight to ensure that you are repaid for all you have lost.
How does a Mass Tort Case differ from a Class Action Lawsuit?
If you are familiar with class action lawsuits, you may be wondering how they differ from mass tort cases.
Unlike mass tort cases, class action lawsuits do not typically require your individual participation in the case. Rather, one or more “named plaintiffs,” represented by “lead counsel,” pursue a lawsuit on behalf of an entire group or “class” of people. The “absent” class member does not usually have to participate in the lawsuit until it is time to distribute a settlement or jury award, and class members usually have a chance to opt out of the class action.
Mass tort cases, on the other hand, involve multiple individual claims brought by each individual who suffered the same type of harm. Each person making a claim is treated as a party to the lawsuit, even if there are many individual parties making claims. There is no reason to opt out of a mass tort case because every person making a claim has already decided to file a claim, and each client has the best chance of securing fair and full compensation.
Our Mass Tort Lawyers Fight for You
At Singleton Schreiber, our mass tort lawyers are dedicated to achieving justice for those who have been harmed by corporate wrongdoers. If you have a claim in a mass tort or multi-district litigation case, contact us today for a free consultation.
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