A tort is an intentional or accidental wrongful action that causes an injury. In a tort action, an injured victim can file a civil lawsuit to recover compensation for their damages.
In a mass tort, a single wrongful action causes many people an injury. A mass tort allows all affected individuals to seek recovery for their specific damages without filing separate lawsuits.
Mass torts are complex and are not handled by every law firm. At May Lightfoot, PLLC, we understand how mass torts are litigated and spend a majority of our practice helping victims with their mass torts claims. Our mass torts attorneys can answer any questions you may have regarding your claim and advise you on the best course of action during a complimentary initial consultation.
At May Lightfoot, PLLC, our mass torts attorneys are:
- Committed to helping victims of negligence fight for the justice they deserve;
- Dedicated to using our time and resources to pursue compensation for injured victims; and
- Driven to hold negligent companies responsible for their actions.
If you believe you may have a mass tort claim or if you were injured as a result of a defective product, drug, or medical device that you think has caused widespread harm, contact May Lightfoot, PLLC at (202) 919-6463. These are complicated legal issues, and it is imperative that you work with a legal team that understands how to handle mass tort cases and can guide you through the process.
How a Washington D.C. Mass Torts Attorney Can Help You
At May Lightfoot, PLLC, our mass torts attorneys are personal injury attorneys who focus part or all of their practice on handling mass torts. Duties of our mass torts attorneys include the following:
- Representing multiple victims in similar cases;
- Studying results from other cases in the same mass tort to benefit current clients; and
- Meeting deadlines and courtroom requirements unique to each client’s mass torts litigation.
Mass torts often take longer than other types of personal injury claims because they involve multiple plaintiffs. However, filing a mass torts case with May Lightfoot, PLLC, can save you the expenses associated with a single-victim claim.
The mass torts process typically goes as follows:
- Your medical records and other important documentation are reviewed along with other victims to determine the nature, severity, and extent of any injuries and damages;
- There is a determination of consistent injuries and harms experienced by all victims indicating a defective product, drug, or disaster is likely the cause;
- The individual cases are consolidated into one mass torts case; and
- The case is litigated and settled or taken to a jury trial.
To discuss the mass torts process and your potential mass torts case with a knowledgeable attorney, contact May Lightfoot, PLLC., in Washington, D.C. We are glad to meet with you initially by phone, FaceTime or Zoom, or in person, whichever you prefer.
How is a Mass Tort Different than a Class Action Lawsuit?
A mass tort is different from a class-action lawsuit. The number of victims in a mass torts case is typically smaller than in a class-action lawsuit. In a mass torts case, each victim is treated as an individual with individual damages.
In a class-action lawsuit, there is one large group of victims collectively known as the class. This group is represented by only one member of the class, the class representative who files a lawsuit and represents the interests of all the other victims. The class representative provides evidence that his or her experience coincides with the experience of the other members of the class.
In a class-action lawsuit, any settlement gets divided evenly between all the victims. While a mass torts case allows each victim to seek compensation for their individual injuries. Mass torts allow each victim to pursue compensation proportionate to his or her level of harm and losses.
What are the Most Common Types of Mass Torts?
Mass torts cover a broad range of injury-producing substances, devices, and events. The most common types of mass torts include:
- Dangerous products. Dangerous and defective products are one of the most common types of mass tort claims. Manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe and provide adequate information to their consumers, and if they fail to do so on a large scale, injured consumers can hold these entities responsible;
- Exposure to toxic substances. Mass toxic torts are a specific type of mass torts claim that involve injury or illness due to chemical or toxin exposure. Exposure to Paraquat is a common example of this. People may suffer toxic exposure through chemicals at work, home or develop complications due to toxins in pharmaceutical drugs. Dangerous and defective products may also expose plaintiffs to these substances;
- Large-scale catastrophes. These are man-made disasters such as fires and explosions at apartment complexes and industrial plants that injure dozens or even hundreds of people;
- Defective drugs and medical devices. Defective drugs and medical devices may cause unintended, dangerous side effects or harm to patients that the manufacturer failed to warn consumers or physicians about; and
- Natural disasters. Insurance companies who fail to pay out claims following natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes can be held accountable through a mass tort lawsuit.
Compensation Available in a Washington D.C. Mass Torts Case
As previously mentioned, unlike class actions, mass torts allow recovery for each individual claimant’s specific damages. While every mass torts case is different, victims of mass torts claims can typically recover compensation for the following losses:
- Disability and disfigurement;
- Current and future medical bills;
- Long-term care and physical therapy;
- Transportation costs related to the injury;
- Lost work time and loss of earning capacity;
- The impact of the injury on your relationships;
- Mental and emotional damages; and
- Physical pain and suffering.
The time it takes to get a settlement varies for each mass torts case. There are often regulatory requirements that need to be met prior to the release of any monetary awards. Speak with an experienced mass torts attorney to learn more about how and when funds are released after a successful mass torts case.
Contact an Experienced Washington D.C. Mass Torts Attorney Today
The best way to learn whether you have a mass tort claim is to reach out to the dedicated mass torts attorneys at May Lightfoot, PLLC. Our experienced and knowledgeable mass torts attorneys will review your case at no cost and advise you of your available legal options.
Contact May Lightfoot, PLLC, in Washington, D.C. today: (202) 919-6463.