Chicago Mass Torts Lawyer
Mass tort lawsuits allow victims of the negligent acts of corporations to recover damages against the liable party. These type of claims involve large groups of injured people, and as such, have the power to prevent future harm by raising awareness and holding the at-fault party accountable. At Ankin Law, our mass tort attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to handle these complex and challenging cases.
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What Is a Mass Tort?
A mass tort is a negligent act that causes harm to a number of people, rather than a single individual. A mass tort action is not a single lawsuit. Instead, it is a combination of injury cases brought by multiple plaintiffs against a single defendant for the same act.
Mass torts are similar to class action lawsuits, but there are a few key differences. 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.
Mass tort litigation is used in situations where a class cannot be certified to bring a class action lawsuit. They typically involve multidistrict litigation, as plaintiffs may not all reside in the same location.
Types of Mass Tort Cases
- Toxic Torts – Injuries and deaths caused by exposure to toxic substances such as asbestos, pesticides, diesel fuels, or other polluting materials. These exposures often happen in residential areas or in the workplace.
- Disaster Torts – Injuries and deaths caused by large scale events such as bridge collapses, aviation accidents, chemical spills, and train accidents. Typically, a corporation or business/government entity is held liable in these cases.
- Dangerous or Defective Products – Injuries and deaths caused by a dangerous or defective products such as unsafe pharmaceuticals, a faulty medical device, or automobile defects. A designer, manufacturer, distributor, or marketing team may be held responsible for product defects that cause injuries.
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How Much Will I Get from a Mass Tort Lawsuit?
Mass tort claims are handled as a group of individual injury lawsuits. The damages available in a mass tort claim, then, are the same as those provided to plaintiffs in personal injury claims. The exact value of a mass tort case will depend on the extent of the injuries suffered by the individual plaintiff.
Damages in a mass tort claim generally fall under three categories:
Economic Damages in Mass Tort Cases
Economic damages are tied to the direct financial costs of an injury, and are therefore easy to quantify. These costs include medical bills, prescription medication costs, long term care expenses, and lost wages.
Punitive Damages in Mass Tort Cases
Punitive damages are rarely awarded in injury claims. However, when a defendant’s contributing actions are especially negligent or intentional, punitive damages may be enforced to prevent future similar acts from happening.
Non-Economic Damages in Mass Tort Cases
Non-economic damages are harder to quantify, as they don’t have direct ties to a financial cost. Instead, these damages are typically calculated as a percentage of the value of the economic damages allotted to a plaintiff. Non-economic damages include things like emotional injuries, PTSD, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Did a negligent company cause you harm? Check out our Mass Tort Knowledge Center for helpful resources and more information about how you can recover compensation.
What is the difference between a Mass Tort Lawsuit and a Class Action Lawsuit?
Class action lawsuits are designed to bring one single suit against a liable party or entity. The plaintiffs in these claims are considered a “class,” and they each share a portion of the damages awarded in the claim. Mass torts, on the other hand, are an accumulation of injury lawsuits brought by similarly injured victims against a liable party. While the cases are brought together, they are evaluated as their own lawsuit in regard to damages.
What is a Bellwether trial?
A Bellwether trial is a test trial brought against a single party, usually used in mass tort actions. The Bellwether trial uses a case pulled from a larger pool of claims that represents the typical plaintiff of the group. Bellwether trials are considered test cases because they are used to predict how future litigation will go against the defendant.
When Do I Need to Hire a Mass Torts Lawyer?
If you believe you have grounds for a mass tort case, contact an attorney with Ankin Law to review your case. Mass torts typically involve large damage awards and require sufficient evidence to prove your claim. An experienced mass tort lawyer can identify whether you have grounds for a claim, if your case is a part of a larger set of claims, and how much your case is worth.