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A tort is a civil wrongdoing a person or company commits that results in harm to another. A mass tort is a wrongdoing that affects multiple victims. A mass tort action is a legal process that combines the claims of numerous plaintiffs into a single lawsuit. This makes the process much faster, economical, and more efficient. Mass torts can end in compensation for all plaintiffs who joined the action. If you think you might be able to join an ongoing mass tort, contact our Las Vegas injury attorneys.
If you’ve become the victim of a defective consumer product, bad drug, or environmental hazard, you likely qualify to join a mass tort against the defendant. These are issues that are bound to affect a large number of people if allegations are true. For example, if you suffered food poisoning from a batch of tainted meat, there are likely many other consumers who also ate the tainted product and contracted an illness. Joining a mass tort makes sense if you are one of many with the same complaint.
Instead of hundreds of plaintiffs bringing claims against the same defendant for the same or similar issues, they can simply join a mass tort. This centralizes the cases in a multi-district litigation (MDL) that will occur in one courtroom, under a single judge. The legal process is thus streamlined for a more rewarding experience for all involved. In a mass tort, each plaintiff has an individual claim and a separate trial. This differs from class actions, in which the courts give only one trial and do not individualize plaintiffs. Recovery in mass tort actions is often much higher than in class actions.
It may be worth your while to join a mass tort if you are one of many victims, if you are located near other victims, if your injuries are similar to the injuries of other plaintiffs, and if all claims center on a common cause, such as a single product or environmental disaster. These are a few of the elements the Nevada courts will consider when giving permission for a mass tort action. An attorney can help you understand whether you’re eligible to join or file a mass tort. If the tort is successful, you could receive compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
There have been several infamous mass tort actions over the years. One example is the injuries and illnesses that Agent Orange caused military members while in Vietnam back in the 1970s. Another is the mass tort regarding asbestos exposure, a hazardous mineral scientists discovered was a carcinogen. Today, there are numerous mass torts underway throughout the U.S. Consulting with an attorney can give you information about ongoing mass torts, and whether your current harms qualify you as a plaintiff. There are currently mass torts regarding the following products:
Many pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer products are involved in current mass tort actions. It’s up to you to speak with an attorney and file your own claim. If you aren’t sure whether you qualify, reach out to us. Our Las Vegas lawyers have experience representing clients in mass torts, and we can help you take the first step.