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What Is a Mass Tort?

You may be wondering, “What is a mass tort?” However, you may have at least seen examples of mass torts on television. Commercials discussing legal action taken against companies and government agencies that committed one or more acts of negligence that caused illness and injuries air throughout each day. Two examples of mass tort legal actions concern the Bayer herbicide Roundup and the Marine Base called Camp Lejeune. 

In both cases, a class of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit seeking monetary damages for the serious health consequences suffered because the defendant committed one or more acts of negligence. In the Roundup case, the mass tort action claimed Bayer exposed property owners to dangerous toxic, cancer-causing chemicals. The Camp Lejeune mass tort alleges the United States Department of Defense exposed soldiers stationed at Camp Lejeune to water contaminated with harmful substances.

At Morgan and Morgan, our mass tort attorneys help clients determine whether they should file an individual lawsuit or join a mass tort lawsuit that covers the same legal issues. We stay on top of the developments of every mass tort lawsuit to help our clients decide if the time is right to join other plaintiffs. To learn more about filing or joining a mass tort lawsuit, schedule a free case evaluation with one of the experienced lawyers at Morgan and Morgan.

How Do Mass Torts Differ From Class Actions?

Most people are familiar with the concept of a class action lawsuit. These kinds of lawsuits make the front page when they end with large settlements or jury awards.

Mass torts, though similar, aren’t as well-known among the general public. But the distinction between the two forms of litigation could be critical if you’re considering taking legal action against a company. How do mass torts differ from class actions?

Both mass torts and class action lawsuits involve multiple plaintiffs suing a single entity (usually a business or company). However, they differ in one significant respect: In a class action lawsuit, all of the plaintiffs in the class are represented collectively by an attorney or group of attorneys, while in a mass tort, each plaintiff is represented separately.

Both approaches come with advantages and disadvantages. An experienced attorney can explain how each option is likely to benefit you and advise you on which to choose when both are available.

If you’re interested in learning more about the differences between mass torts and class action lawsuits, contact Morgan & Morgan to schedule a free case evaluation.

Why File a Mass Tort?

The logic behind a mass tort is strength in numbers. Because many plaintiffs’ injuries are consolidated into one lawsuit in a mass tort, the plaintiff may have more success when facing a large and powerful defendant like a drug manufacturer or a chemical company.

Another benefit of a mass tort action is that it saves plaintiffs time and money in litigation. Plaintiffs share the findings of discovery, the testimony of expert witnesses, and the fruits of an attorney’s research rather than paying for them independently.

These small, consolidated efforts can mean a bigger win for everyone. Contact Morgan & Morgan for more information about your mass tort case.

What Damages Are Available in Mass Torts?

Mass torts, like standard personal injury cases, allow you to recover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, ambulance costs, medical equipment costs, transportation to and from medical appointments, and caregiver costs, among others. On the other hand, non-economic damages include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental distress, and others.

Why Morgan & Morgan?

Most other law firms know about Morgan & Morgan because of our size, reputation, and winning track record. As a law firm, we have worked diligently to ensure we always protect the best interests of our clients. We also have a strong reputation as negotiators in and outside the courtroom. Our personalized and proactive approach, as well as our positive outcomes,in many cases for our clients, has created a reputation that other attorneys are well aware of. 

Morgan & Morgan is the largest personal injury law firm in the nation with a strong track record of recovering the best results for victims that insurance companies, their adjusters, defendants, and defendants' attorneys are all familiar with. We have an extensive network and vast resources that help us pursue justice on behalf of our clients and we do not back down when typical tactics are applied.

In many cases, simply hiring a Morgan & Morgan lawyer shows that you mean business and that you won’t back down if someone is trying to push you around in a legal case. We advocate constantly on behalf of victims and work as hard as we can to get you justice. When you choose Morgan & Morgan to represent you, the other side will know right away that justice will soon be served.