Every year in the United States, thousands of people die, and many others are harmed due to defective consumer products and toxic pharmaceuticals. Tort refers to an injury claim. A mass tort is a civil action involving numerous plaintiffs who file lawsuits for identical damages caused by the same product against one or a few defendants in state or federal court. The lawsuits arise out of the defendants causing numerous injuries through the same or similar act of harm. Each plaintiff maintains a separate lawsuit, and all the members from the same groups are treated as individual plaintiffs seeking compensation individually. Law firms sometimes use mass media to reach potential plaintiffs.
The alleged injury or harm may be due to failed medical devices, defective products, dangerous drugs, and toxic substance exposure. Tort claims can arise as a result of negligence or unintentional actions that resulted in injury. The main categories of mass torts include medical device injuries, motor vehicle defects, prescription drug injuries, product liability injuries, and toxic contamination. Examples of mass tort cases include asbestos, baby formula, defective drugs, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, proton inhibitor pumps, surgical staplers, talcum powder, and exposure to toxic substances like Ethylene oxide or contaminated drinking water. Other examples of mass torts are plane crashes, train accidents, construction disasters, and pollution. The plaintiff must prove the device, product, or drug was defective and/or one of these or the toxic substance or accident was the cause of the injury.
A mass tort lawsuit differs from a class action lawsuit. Mass tort cases are individual lawsuits with different damages to each plaintiff, whereas a class action is a single lawsuit involving multiple plaintiffs with all claims combined into one large suit with the same damages to all plaintiffs. Mass tort lawsuits are filed in multiple courts across the country, and are often consolidated into a multidistrict litigation, while a class action lawsuit is tried in a single court presided over by a single judge. Regarding compensation awards, mass tort awards differ based on the specific injuries, while class action members often receive the same payout.
Mass Tort Case Evaluation and Litigation Support
OnPoint LNC helps attorneys evaluate and prove their cases in mass torts. Our team of Legal Nurse Consultants can provide mass tort case evaluation at the outset to help you determine whether you have a viable case. We conduct the medical research and organize the medical records to give you a firm grasp of the issues. We can provide detailed chronologies, summary analysis reports, and trial graphics that can make the medical issues clear and understandable, and convincingly show the injury and damages caused by the defective product and its effects on your client’s future. Our team also locates fully vetted medical experts and consultants for your case whose analyses and deposition or trial testimony can position you to recover the maximum compensation, including economic damages analysis, pain and suffering, and life care planning.
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Call OnPoint Legal Nurse Consulting for help with your mass tort cases. From our head office in Philadelphia, we help plaintiff attorneys throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, and nationwide. We maintain long-term relationships with our clients, who appreciate the rapid response they receive from us, the quality of work we provide, and how easy we are to work with throughout the litigation process. Contact us to meet all of your litigation support needs.