You’ve probably seen recall alerts for defective products, commercials about dangerous medications, and cases in the news where someone was harmed by the actions or behaviors of someone else. The victims in these cases are those who suffered injury due to no fault of their own. And while no amount of money can undo the pain that you’ve suffered, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Basically, you may be owed compensation from the at-fault party to repay you for the money you spent or the costs you’ve incurred due to your injury.
Defective products, dangerous medications, the negligent actions or behaviors of someone else can all cause accidents and injuries and sometimes even death. And the effects of these injuries can be devastating, emotionally, physically, and financially. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product that did not work as it should have, the negligence of someone else, or a dangerous medication that caused a serious adverse event, or even wrongful death, you should know, the law is on your side.
The Law is On Your Side
The law says that manufacturers have a duty to ensure the products and medications they design, make, market and sell are safe and work as expected. When manufacturers fail their duty, patients and consumers who suffer harm are generally entitled to seek compensation for their injuries and losses.
If a group of patients or consumers are injured by the same medicine or product, or medical device, they can seek compensation through the court system via mass tort litigation. A tort is a civil wrong as opposed to a criminal one, so instead of incarceration, the guilty party pays compensatory damages to victims. Sometimes, additional punitive damages are also awarded. Punitive damages are ordered as a punishment for wrongdoing and to dissuade other persons or entities from engaging in the same types of behaviors.
Manufacturers have a high duty to consumers and patients, and the law typically stands on the side of the injured. Anyone who is injured by a product or medicine has rights, but you typically have to defend those rights to get justice. You can do this through a lawsuit. When many lawsuits are filed for similar injuries and questions of fact, the cases may be consolidated to one court in a class action or mass tort litigation.
Mass Tort vs. Class Action Litigation
While both class action and mass tort litigation typically involve a group of plaintiffs, mass torts provide for plaintiffs to be heard individually. In mass torts, the amount of damages in each case is determined by the specific circumstances of that case. Whereas, in class action litigation, the cases are combined, and any damages that are awarded by the court are divided among all plaintiffs. The damages determined in mass tort litigation go only to the plaintiff, not to the group.
Individuals and attorneys in mass tort litigation work as a collective that is more efficient and often more effective than an individual. But be aware, litigation can take years to resolve. As such, the law firms that focus on mass tort cases must have the capital needed to support expenses including the costs of travel, research, teams of investigators, expert witnesses, and the tools required to collect and organize evidence and information. Mass torts may have hundreds or even thousands of cases, and the law firm will have to have the resources to support all of them. While any personal injury law firm can file a lawsuit, experienced mass tort litigation firms typically have a better understanding of how to achieve the best results possible.
Mass Tort Attorneys vs. Other Types of Attorneys
It’s not enough to focus on one area of the law, mass tort attorneys must have in-depth knowledge of the litigation issues as well as deep experience litigating mega corporations and industry giants, experience litigating in challenging jurisdictions, and knowledge of how to effectively and efficiently share resources and work together with other litigants to establish causation, liability, and damages.
If you were injured by a product or medication and you are seeking justice through the courts, you want a firm with experience, drive, and dedication to help you get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. You want a firm with a long, successful record, and one that has built a reputation for putting the needs of the client before all else.
We Stand Ready to Fight for You Today
We are aggressive negotiators and skilled litigators who have fought for the rights of those who suffered injury due to dangerous medications, defective products, and someone else’s negligence. We have spent decades helping clients get the compensation they need and deserve for their injuries and losses, and we stand ready to fight for you.
For more than 20 years we have resolved complex mass tort injury cases with major victories, thousands of settlements and billions of dollars in awards. We are dedicated to being a voice for the injured and holding those responsible for your injuries liable by law. And we ensure you receive the maximum compensation available for the injuries you sustained including for costs associated with your injury, such as for home modifications, assistive technologies, and transportation to and from medical appointments, as well as for:
Current and expected future medical expenses
Lost wages or loss of earnings
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium
If you have been injured or your loved one killed by a defective product, dangerous medication or someone else’s negligence, contact us today to learn more about the law, your rights, and whether you are eligible to seek justice and significant financial compensation for your injuries and losses.