A mass tort lawsuit, commonly known as simply mass torts, holds some similarities to class action lawsuits. The biggest difference between a mass tort lawsuit and a class action lawsuit is that the plaintiffs of mass torts are considered individuals, and these individuals file separate, personal claims against the same defendant. Unlike a class action lawsuit, which is when many people who have been harmed by the same company or corporation are legally represented as a group.
In a mass tort lawsuit, the defendant is usually a major company or corporation that has committed wrongdoing that ended up harming many people. These victims, the plaintiffs, can join together for a mass tort, however their claims will be considered on an individual basis.
You could file a mass tort lawsuit for many reasons, here are some of the most common:
- Suffering harm from an unsafe pharmaceutical medicine
- Suffering injury from unsound medical devices
- Sustained damages from a defective product
- Sustained injury or harm from environmental damage that led to toxic living conditions
In mass tort cases, plaintiffs receive separate settlements depending on the specific damages that they suffered at the hands of the defendant.
If you hire a mass tort attorney and they successfully represent your case, you will probably be awarded an amount of compensation that is different from another plaintiff’s case with the same defendant. Your cash settlement from a mass tort lawsuit could actually end up being thousands, if not millions, of more dollars than another plaintiff if you were more severely impacted by the actions of the defendant.
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