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If you think you've been wronged in some way--hurt by a defective product, swindled out of money by a company that broke a promise--then the legal system allows you to take the company or individual who wronged you to court. But what happens when many people have similar or identical claims? Often the courts will combine these cases together into what is known as a mass tort. Similar cases usually have similar outcomes, so a mass-tort litigation allows courts, plaintiffs and defendants to effectively and efficiently resolve disputes.
Common types of mass-tort litigation lawsuits related to:
- Mesothelioma and asbestosis
- Defective drugs and defective medical devices
- Products liability
- SUV rollovers
- Toxic exposure
Mesothelioma & Asbestosis
For decades, asbestos was used as insulation in buildings and as a fireproofing material. But it's a dangerous substance. Even just a single exposure to asbestos can cause a pair of lethal health conditions: Asbestosis and mesothelioma. While the conditions are treatable, they are ultimately deadly.
If you've been exposed to asbestos and are starting to show signs of asbestosis or mesothelioma, talk to a personal injury lawyer or mass tort attorney with experience representing asbestos-exposure victims. Your attorney can help you determine the source of the exposure and recover money for your medical treatment, pain and suffering.
Defective Drugs & Medical Devices
Patients assume medication and medical devices will help them get better. But some drugs and medical equipment are defective and can put a patient's health in even greater danger. The manufacturer or your healthcare provider may be responsible responsible for any injuries you suffer as a result of these defects.
If you are suffering from side effects that may be caused from a medication, such as Actos, Yaz, Fosamax, Pradaxa, or Paxil, or defective medical device, you need a mass tort attorney who specializes in defective drugs and/or defective medical devices. He or she should have experience with the unique and sophisticated issues related to medical liability.
Defective products aren't just a waste of money. They can often cause accidents, serious or fatal injuries, and chronic health problems. Products liability lawsuits can stem from defects that arise as part of the manufacturing process as well as poorly designed products that never should have been distributed in the first place.
Product-liability related mass tort lawsuits include:
- SUVs, which post a rollover risk
- Faulty tires
- Electrical equipment that poses a fire risk
- Defective building materials
- Tainted food
Why Hire a Mass Tort Attorney
If you think you're a potential plaintiff in a mass tort lawsuit, contact a mass tort attorney as soon as possible.
Your mass tort lawyer should have experience representing other victims of the same company or product. He or she will be familiar with the evidence that needs to be collected, as well as the possible arguments the company may put forth as it attempts to defend itself. You have the best possible chance of success when using mass tort attorneys who have previously handled similar lawsuits.
There is time limit to file a lawsuit (known as the statute of limitations), so you'll want to act quickly.
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