Mass Tort litigation is a fairly new area of law which has been created out of advances in production and distribution of products.
A Mass Tort is when many people are injured in a similar fashion by the same product. Since the victims experienced a similar situation, it allows their claims to be heard together.
Mass Torts can be distinguished from other personal injury claims by three distinctive features. First, a Mass Tort involves large numbers of claims that are linked with a single product or company like OxyContin claims and Tainted Tissues claims. Second, despite the number of claimants, there are factual and legal issue commonalities. Third, there is a value interdependence between the different claims.
Some examples of Mass Tort litigation include product liability claims, large business antitrust claims, and large scale manmade disasters (e.g., apartment fires, industrial plant explosions, airplane crashes).
When a product that is released to the public turns out to be dangerous and causes serious injuries, the injured deserve to be compensated for resulting medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Mass Torts is one of the few areas of legal practice which requires a great deal of financial backing and a large support staff to handle the cases. Handling multi-plaintiff claims requires the assistance of numerous mass torts attorneys, paralegals, and a large support staff. Morgan & Morgan has the financial strength, knowledge base, and extensive resources to locate the experts required to litigate Mass Tort claims.
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Recovery in a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Woman was widowed when her husband died from lung cancer. The total award after apportioning damages based on assignment of fault was $46.3 million.
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In a case against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, attorneys Keith Mitnik, Greg Prysock, Joe Taraska and Katy Massa recovered a $40 million tobacco litigation verdict on behalf of the husband and daughter of a woman who died after smoking two packs of cigarettes a day for 36 years.
Failure to perform a timely C-section resulting in serious injury.
Medication overdose of a 26 week premature newborn against a hospital.
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Recovery for national class of poultry workers.
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