A tort is an action that causes an injury, either intentionally or accidentally. In a tort action, the victim can file a civil lawsuit to get compensated for their damages. In a mass tort, one wrongful action causes many people injury. A mass tort lets all the affected individuals get compensated for their specific damages without litigating, sometimes thousands of, separate lawsuits.
At May Jungᴸᴸᴾ, we have experience handling complex mass tort cases. We have served in leadership positions on two MDLs in the last two years.
- Judge Robin Rosenberg presided in re Zantac in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
- In the US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, presided over by Judge Nancy Rosenstengel, a case involving the use of the chemical paraquat
We have extensive experience litigating mass tort cases and helping victims with their claims. During a free initial consultation, we can answer any questions you may have regarding your lawsuit and advise you on the correct course of action.
At May Jungᴸᴸᴾ, our mass torts attorneys are:
- Committed to helping victims of negligence;
- Committed to using our time and resources to seek compensation for injured victims; and
- Driven to hold companies accountable for their conduct.
If you believe you have a mass tort claim or were injured by a defective product, drug, or medical device, contact May Jung, LLP, at 202-938-3524. It is crucial that you work with a legal team that understands how to handle mass tort cases and can guide you through the process, as these are complicated legal issues.
How a Mass Torts Attorney Can Help You
Our mass torts lawyers at May Jungᴸᴸᴾ are personal injury lawyers who concentrate on all of their cases dealing with mass torts.
- Multiple victims in similar situations; researching findings from other cases in the same mass tort to benefit current clients; and
- Meeting deadlines and courtroom specifications specific to each client’s mass torts lawsuit.
Mass torts often involve multiple plaintiffs and can take longer to resolve than other types of personal injury claims. However, filing a mass tort case with May Jung can save you the expenses associated with a single-victim claim.
The mass torts process typically goes as follows:
- A review of medical records and other documentation for all victims is conducted to determine injuries and damages;
- injuries and harms experienced by all victims are consistent, indicating a defective product, drug, or disaster is likely the cause;
- individual cases are consolidated into one mass torts case; and
- the case is either settled or taken to a jury trial.
If you want to talk about a mass tort case with a lawyer who knows what they’re doing, get in touch with May Jung. We’re happy to meet with you over the phone, on FaceTime or Zoom, or in person, whichever you prefer.
How is a Mass Tort Different than a Class Action Lawsuit?
A mass tort is a legal case in which a group of people claim they have been harmed by a product or action. In a mass tort, each victim is treated as an individual with individual damages.
A class-action lawsuit is filed on behalf of a group of people who have been harmed in a similar way. The group is represented by one person, the class representative, who provides evidence that their experience is representative of the other members of the class.
Any settlement is divided equally among the victims in a class action lawsuit, although a mass torts lawsuit allows each victim to request compensation proportionate to his or her level of injury.
What are the Most Common Types of Mass Torts?
Mass torts encompass a wide variety of injurious substances, devices, and events. The most prevalent types of mass torts are:
- Dangerous products. One of the most common types of mass tort claims are from dangerous and defective products. If manufacturers don’t ensure their products are safe and provide adequate information, and something goes wrong on a large scale, then injured consumers can hold the manufacturer responsible.
- Toxic substance exposure can lead to mass tort claims if it results in injury or illness. Paraquat exposure is a common example. People may suffer toxic exposure to chemicals at work, at home, or from pharmaceutical drugs. They may also be exposed to toxins from dangerous and defective products;
- Large-scale catastrophes. These are disasters that occur at apartment complexes and industrial plants, causing injuries to dozens or even hundreds of people;
- Defective drugs and medical devices. Defective drugs and medical equipment may cause unintended, risky side effects or harm to patients whose patients were not warned by the manufacturer or physicians; and
- Natural disasters. Insurance companies that refuse to pay out lawsuits as a result of natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes can be held accountable by mass tort litigation.
Compensation Available in Mass Torts Case
As mentioned before, mass torts allow victims to recover compensation for their specific losses, rather than class action suits. Although every mass tort case is different, typical losses that can be compensated for include the following:
- The impact of the injury on your relationships;
- Disability and disfigurement;
- Transportation costs related to the injury;
- Current and future medical bills;
- Lost work time and loss of earning capacity;
- Long-term care and physical therapy;
- Mental and emotional damages; and
- Physical pain and suffering.
For each mass torts lawsuit, the time it takes to obtain a settlement varies. Before releasing any monetary awards, speak with an experienced mass tort lawyer to learn more about how and when funds are released after a successful mass torts lawsuit.
Contact an Experienced Mass Torts Attorney Today
The best way to find out if you have a mass tort lawsuit is to contact May Jungᴸᴸᴾ’s dedicated mass tort lawyers. Our mass torts attorneys will review your case and advise you of your legal options.To schedule a free initial consultation, call 833-MAY-JUNG or contact us online.