Mass Torts in Tampa, FL
What is a Mass Tort Claim?
When many people are injured in a similar way by the same product, their cases can usually be heard together due to the fact that the damages for each of the victims will be very similar. These cases are called mass tort claims. Some mass torts develop out of disasters such as environmental spills, hotel fires or plane crashes, but more commonly these torts involve medical device or dangerous drug cases.
In circumstances where a product has caused significant injury or death to a large number of victims, the company responsible for the release of that product onto the market must be held accountable. When these injured victims come together to bring their individual cases against the responsible party not as a class action suit, but rather as a mass tort, the strength in numbers of people suffering similar injuries from the same corporate entity(ies) to have their cases heard together could be beneficial. If you or a loved one has been injured in such a case, it's important to have the proven representation of a skilled attorney from our firm.
Mass tort litigation is a challenging and multifaceted area of the law that arrives numerous legal claims arising from the same event or source. Many times, pursuing litigation in a collective manner is the approach that is taken, and examples of this include tobacco, breast implants, asbestos and lead paint cases.
Mass Torts & Class Actions
It is important to make the distinction between mass torts and class actions because each mass tort plaintiff has a unique claim that will result in distinct damages. Mass torts will be schedule separately and each plaintiff will receive an individual trial. On the other hand, class actions are usually filed when not all of the injury victims (plaintiff) can be identified.