Tort law is a legal concept that covers a wide range of civil wrongs, from negligence to intentional harm. Mass torts are a subset of tort law, involving a large number of plaintiffs with similar claims against one or more defendants. While mass torts and traditional tort law have many similarities, there are also some key differences. In this article, we'll explore the differences between mass tort and traditional tort law. At its core, the term “tort” simply refers to an injury lawsuit.
Traditional tort law involves a single plaintiff suing a single defendant for an act of negligence or intentional harm. The plaintiff must prove that the defendant was responsible for their injury in order to receive compensation. In contrast, mass torts involve multiple plaintiffs with similar accusations against the same party or parties. Each plaintiff is represented by an attorney of their choice, and lawsuits go to trial individually rather than in a group. The terms “class action lawsuits” and “mass grievances” are often confused and interchanged; however, they are actually quite different.
Class action lawsuits involve multiple victims of injuries or plaintiffs lumped together in a single lawsuit. All members of the group must be informed of the lawsuit and should be given the option of excluding themselves or hiring their own lawyer in class action lawsuits. A motion to act as a plaintiff must be filed with the court on behalf of the entire class before a class action lawsuit can be initiated. In contrast, mass torts generally involve manufacturers of pharmaceutical products or products that are considered dangerous and that cause adverse side effects, injuries, or even wrongful death in people who are exposed to the product or have used it. Unlike a class action lawsuit, plaintiffs in a mass tort are treated individually when it comes to their lawsuit and compensation, rather than lumping them into a class. Mass torts are generally more complicated than class action lawsuits, since they don't necessarily follow standard legal procedure.
If you think you have a tort class action lawsuit, it can be difficult to know where to start. Price Benowitz's mass tort lawyers have knowledge of scientific and medical evidence, allowing them to understand complex technical issues in order to provide effective mass tort cases. When filing this type of claim, especially in connection with pharmaceutical litigation, it is important to have an experienced lawyer. It is common for several lawyers from several firms to collaborate to work on these cases. The whole process can take many years.
Case management is essential in situations involving massive grievances, as there are many lawyers and many victims involved. Many negligent acts can result in massive tort litigation, often related to dangerous products or harmful business practices. Below, we list some common types of mass torts:
- Defective products
- Poisonous drugs
- Medical malpractice
- Environmental contamination
Either party can lose at any time and the case can be resolved at any time. Because of the danger, mass tort lawyers often wait to file a lawsuit, unless they are sure that the plaintiffs have strong arguments. It is important to note that there is no set time frame for determining the duration of all of these measures or even if all the measures need to be taken. Sometimes, mass tort cases take longer than individual lawsuits because the issues are more complicated and there are multiple plaintiffs. However, the potential benefits of sharing evidence and the costs of litigation often outweigh the additional time needed to resolve a class tort lawsuit. In addition, sometimes cases can be resolved or dismissed before the relevant trials are held.
Your lawyer will need to analyze a significant amount of documentation, including plaintiffs' statements and claims for the injuries you allegedly suffered, in order to determine if you have a case, not only for you but also for each and every plaintiff. In conclusion, mass torts differ from traditional tort law in several ways. Mass torts involve multiple plaintiffs with similar accusations against one or more defendants while traditional tort law involves one plaintiff suing one defendant for an act of negligence or intentional harm. Additionally, each plaintiff in a mass tort is treated individually when it comes to their lawsuit and compensation while all members of a class action lawsuit must be informed of the lawsuit and should be given the option of excluding themselves or hiring their own lawyer.