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What is a Mass Tort?
Mass torts broadly refers to any legal mechanism designed to safeguard the rights of a large number of individuals who may be located in various legal jurisdictions, and have been harmed by the actions or negligence of a single entity, often a corporation or manufacturer. While the harm inflicted may vary in nature, the actions or products of the responsible entity are at the core of the issue. Common examples of mass tort cases include use of prescription drugs resulting in injuries to a large number of patients for which those drugs were prescribed as well as frequent failure of medical devices like artificial hips, surgical mesh and IUDs.
While mass torts are similar in nature to class action lawsuits, there are two key differences:
Typically a large number of plaintiffs are represented in both mass tort and class action lawsuits, but in each instance the plaintiffs are treated differently. In class action lawsuits, plaintiffs are treated as a collective, and one lawsuit is filed on behalf of all plaintiffs. In mass tort cases, plaintiffs are seen as individuals and numerous lawsuits are consolidated to strengthen the argument that damages are owed to all affected individuals.
The second difference is that in class action lawsuits, the settlement or verdict is typically shared amongst the plaintiffs on an equal basis. In mass tort lawsuits, it is acknowledged that the plaintiffs may have suffered different degrees of injury or damages, and thus are compensated accordingly.
The attorneys of Flint Cooper have litigated countless mass torts over the past 20 years. Current cases being litigated include, but are not limited to:
- Camp Lejeune – Between 1953 and 1987, water wells at Camp Lejeune, a US Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, were contaminated with industrial compounds such as trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene and vinyl chloride, due to poorly maintained waste disposal systems. Many who resided on base during this time reported various health issues, including birth defects in their children, infertility and other serious medical conditions. Read More…
- Chemical hair straighteners – The widespread use of these products began in the early 1970s, and it wasn’t until the 2010s that concerns were raised about the potential health risks associated with their use. Studies have since shown that women who use chemical hair straightening products are twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer, and three times as likely to develop uterine or endometrial cancer. Read More…
- Suboxone – This drug is prescribed to patients suffering from an opioid use disorder by suppressing withdrawal symptoms. Indivior, the manufacturer of the drug, is accused of illegally suppressing generic competition, overcharging for the drug, and not disclosing information regarding the risk of severe tooth decay or loss associated with Suboxone. Read More…
- Tepezza – This drug is prescribed to improve the symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). Studies now show that 10% of patients who have been treated using Tepezza may have suffered permanent hearing damage, deafness and or tinnitus. Read More…
- NEC – Some baby formulas based from cow’s milk have recently been linked to an increased risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a potentially fatal gastrointestinal disease. If your infant has suffered from NEC after receiving bovine-based formula, you may be eligible to pursue an NEC baby formula lawsuit. Read More…
- Ozempic – The use of Ozempic or other medications that contain semaglutide has been linked to an increased risk of severe gastroparesis, intestinal blockage and gallbladder or biliary diseases. If you have used these medications and become ill, then you may be eligible for an Ozempic lawsuit. Read More…
What is the Statute of Limitations for Mass Torts?
A statute of limitations is the length of time within which a lawsuit must be filed. The statute of limitations typically begins to run at the time of the alleged injury or at the time an individual discovers what or who was responsible for their specific injury. After the applicable statute of limitations passes, individuals are forever barred from filing suit. Factors that influence the statute of limitations for a mass tort include: the state where the damages occurred, the type of mass tort claim, when you discovered or should have reasonably discovered your injury and the state’s rules on injuries that could not have been discovered immediately.
You will need to ensure that you are adhering to the limitations that have been set for your specific case. The best way to determine the statute of limitations for your claim is to contact a mass tort attorney as soon as possible.
Compensation in Mass Tort claims
If you have sustained injuries or incurred losses and believe that you may have a claim, you may be wondering what types of compensation you are eligible for. In mass tort claims, victims can often recover damages including medical expenses, lost income, emotional distress, pain and suffering and even funeral expenses.
Why Choose Flint Cooper?
At Flint Cooper, our mass torts division is spearheaded by Trent Miracle, a highly experienced litigator and seasoned veteran in the world of mass torts and multidistrict litigation. Possessing over 25 years of experience, Trent has handled a wide range of mass tort cases, and has secured over $1 billion in settlements. Choosing Flint Cooper ensures access to exceptional counsel and unparalleled advocacy.
Flint Cooper applies its knowledge and experience to win trials, not just collect settlements, further strengthening its reputation of providing clients around the world with exceptional counsel and unparalleled advocacy.