Have you been injured, defrauded, or otherwise harmed by a product, service, action, or pharmaceutical drug? You may not be the only person to have suffered at the hands of a company or corporation. Depending on the harm that was done by the defendant, you may be entitled to compensation by joining a class action lawsuit or mass tort lawsuit.
In fact, you may be able to receive thousands — sometimes millions — of dollars in damage fees to make up for how the defendant wronged you, and potentially the other plaintiffs. Therefore, knowing the differences between a class action and mass tort is essential to deciding how best to pursue a legal case. Continue reading to learn more about these types of lawsuits and how they may be able to help you.
To understand what mass tort litigation is, it’s important to know what a tort is, and how it differs from a class action lawsuit.
Mass tort lawsuits and class-action lawsuits are very similar types of litigation. Both types of legal cases consist of a group of people who have been harmed or injured by a person, company, or corporation, and wish to sue in legal courts to receive justice and be compensated.
The group of people who have been injured are called plaintiffs, and the person, company, or corporation who has harmed them are called defendants.
Tort is just a formal word for a wrongful action that results in injury. Whether the injury was on purpose or by accident, and whether the injury was physical, emotional, financial loss or damage to property, you have the right to bring your case to court. By opening a legal case, you can win money and receive justice for the wrong that was done to you.
Knowing that a tort is the legal way of referencing an action that has caused you harm, a mass tort therefore refers to a wrongful action that has caused harm to many people.
In the court of law, individuals have the right to sue the entity that caused you harm, whether it’s a person, company, or corporation. This entity is called the defendant. In a mass tort lawsuit, all of the individuals who have been wronged in the same way by the same defendant come together to collectively seek justice for their various injuries. Click to the next slide to learn more about these types of lawsuits.