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    Mass torts are a type of personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, these suits arise from a single act of wrongdoing or negligence that causes widespread damages.

    Mass torts often involve plaintiffs who live in different legal jurisdictions.

    Most mass torts are one of the following:

    Toxic Torts – Injuries and deaths caused by exposure to toxic substances such as asbestos, pesticides, diesel fuels or other polluting materials.

    Disaster Torts – Injuries and deaths caused by large scale events such as bridge collapses, aviation accidents, chemical spills and train accidents.

    Dangerous or Defective Products – injuries and deaths caused by a dangerous or defective products such as unsafe pharmaceuticals, faulty medical devices or automobile defects.

    Mass torts cases are challenging in part because of the number of plaintiffs and the potential for future plaintiffs to emerge. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a large-scale accident or as the result of widespread negligence, contact us at Ankin Law Office. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to handle both class action and mass torts cases.

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    Mass Torts and Class Action Lawsuits

    Mass torts are similar to class action lawsuits yet not exactly the same. In class action lawsuits, a single suit is filed on behalf of a group of “similarly situated” plaintiffs. Class action plaintiffs sign away their rights to individual lawsuits when they join the class. With mass torts, multiple similar cases are combined into a single trial, but each case is treated individually. The benefit of mass tort lawsuits is that plaintiffs can save time and money by pooling legal resources.

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    The lawyers at Ankin Law Office are highly experienced in negotiating and litigating personal injury claims. With the help of our attorneys, you are more likely to get the settlement you deserve.

    Mass Torts/Class Action FAQ's

    In a class action lawsuit, the court will appoint one of the plaintiffs to be the lead plaintiff. This person is responsible for hiring the class action lawyer; making sure the claim is filed; working with the class action lawyer to collect and present evidence, and give testimony; attend all court hearings and proceedings; and review and accept any proposed settlements. Lead plaintiffs must be able to represent the interests of all the plaintiffs involved and are usually awarded money for their involvement in the class action as the lead plaintiff, as well as the injury they incurred.

    In a civil case involving injury caused by negligence, the plaintiff (victim) must show that the other party (the defendant) acted negligently. Proving negligence requires that the plaintiff establish the defendant owed him a duty of care, breached that duty, and as a result caused the plaintiff injury. Examples of this include a car accident caused by a defendant running a red light and slamming into a car passing through the intersection; a patron slipping on fallen fruit at a supermarket and breaking her arm; and an unrestrained dog biting someone, unprovoked.

    When a class action lawsuit is filed, it is considered one case brought against a company or person with several claimants who have been injured. The injury does not have to be a physical one. Class action lawsuits have been filed against companies for excess fees, improper billing and fraudulent acts. If you choose to join a class action lawsuit, you will not be able to file a separate lawsuit against the company for the same act.

    A tort is considered intentional when the harm caused by another person’s actions was the motivating factor. This usually applies in situations involving a criminal act. An example of an intentional tort would be a woman who was brutally attacked by an ex-boyfriend. Other types of cases that may fall under intentional tort include bullying, fraud, invasion of privacy, sexual abuse/assault and false imprisonment.

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