Most people have heard of “class action” lawsuits but often confuse class actions with “mass tort” lawsuits. There are important differences between the two and both are very different from routine personal injury lawsuits.
Class actions are lawsuits where a single lawsuit is filed by a representative of a “class” of individuals with a common injury caused by the same defendant. Individuals in the class are given an opportunity to join the single lawsuit and all individuals are treated as a single plaintiff. You may have received notifications for various class actions, and you may have even experienced receiving pennies on the dollar (if any) all too common in class action recoveries.
In mass torts, individuals with various injuries caused by the same defendant bring individual lawsuits and continue to be treated as individual plaintiffs. Common mass torts involve dangerous drugs or defective medical devices that produce a variety of injuries. Individual lawsuits across the country are transferred to a single court and each case continues to be managed individually. When fighting large pharmaceutical and medical corporations, mass tort plaintiffs can have the advantage of maintaining their individual cases along with the benefit of the strength of the group.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drug or a medical product it is important to consult a lawyer that concentrates in complex litigation and is experienced in the differences between class actions and mass torts. The lawyers at Cellino Law have decades of experience with successful recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for mass tort individuals and their families. If you believe you may have a mass tort claim, call the attorneys at Cellino Law today at (800) 555-5555 to learn how we can help.