TYPES OF MASS TORTS
The Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott Trial Lawyers are skilled in handling two types of mass tort cases: product defect cases and environmental/toxic tort cases. Let’s dive deeper into what each of these mean.
Mass-produced products that are defective or dangerous may include faulty medical devices, automobile defects, or unsafe pharmaceuticals. When these products are mass-produced and injure, or even take the lives of, a group of individuals, a mass tort lawsuit may be in order.
Environmental/toxic torts refer to injuries or fatalities that a group of individuals experience after being exposed to a toxic hazard. Pesticides, diesel fuels, oil spills, and asbestos are a few examples of these toxic hazards
HOW DO MASS TORT CASES DIFFER FROM CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS?
If you are familiar with class-action lawsuits, you may be wondering how they differ from mass tort cases.
Unlike mass tort cases, class action lawsuits do not typically require your individual participation in the case. Rather, one or more “named plaintiffs,” represented by “lead counsel,” pursue a lawsuit on behalf of an entire class of people. The “absent” class member does not usually have to participate in the lawsuit until it is time to distribute a settlement or jury award. And class members usually have a chance to opt-out of the class action.
Mass tort cases, on the other hand, involve multiple individual claims brought by each individual who suffered the same type of harm. Each person making a claim is treated as a party to the lawsuit, even if there are many individual parties making claims. There is no reason to opt-out of a mass tort case because every party making a claim has made the individual decision to file a claim.
This collaboration can ensure that clients secure the fair and full compensation they may be entitled to. At Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott trial lawyers, our mass tort lawyers are experts in mass tort lawsuits.” with “This collaboration ensures that each client has the best chance of securing fair and full compensation. At Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott, our mass tort lawyers are dedicated to working hard for our clients so that corporate wrongdoers are held responsible.