What Type Of Mass Tort Can I Be Part Of?
The type of mass tort you can file will depend upon the pain and suffering you have experienced. In this post, we explain the different types that can be filed in the United States.
First, a mass tort is a suit where many individuals across multiple jurisdictions have either exactly or similarly negatively affected from one common product or service. However, these individuals can still file their own lawsuit in addition to participating in a mass tort.
Before a mass tort can go forward, permission by the court must be granted. There are several conditions that have to exist in order for the mass tort to start:
- A large number of people have to be affected by the same product
- If those people are in the same general geographic area
- If most of the people have been injured or harmed in the same or a similar manner
- If there is a common injury source for everyone involved
What Are The Different Mass Tort Types?
There are four mass tort type suits that can be filed:
Medical device injury – implants for hip replacement and breasts are two of the most notable ones filed in recent history.
Prescription drug injury/death – medications that are meant to help a person recover from illnesses have been proven to do otherwise. Two examples are Xarelto and Zofran.
Defective products – items that improperly catch fire, are choke hazards or otherwise cause injury during normal use.
Toxic environment contamination – asbestos, lead-based paint and PCBs are well known examples of mass tort suits that affected thousands due to exposure to a single contaminant.
What Is The Benefit Of A Mass Tort?
Mass tort lawsuits benefit from sharing discovery, using expert witnesses and investigation results for all involved parties. The more commonalities found strengthens the mass tort suit, which could lead to a favorable ruling for the plaintiffs.
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