There are several types of mass torts, and you have probably seen advertisements or received mail about some of them. Alternatively, an accident or injury may occur, and you may think “I cannot be the only person this happened to.” You are probably correct, and your injuries could be the basis for a Los Angeles mass tort.
When many people suffer injuries in the same way or because of the same defendant, it may support a mass tort, such as a class action lawsuit or a case consolidated by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). A Los Angeles mass tort lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you learn more about your options, determine if others had a similar experience, and represent you through this process.
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Understanding Mass Torts in Civil Court
Mass torts help prevent massive backups in the civil court system, as well as allowing injured parties to pool their resources to build a case. This is important since the defendant in these cases is often a large corporation or organization. It might be very difficult for one victim to gather evidence and prove a product had a dangerous defect, but many working together may be able to secure the proof.
Mass torts generally come in the form of:
- Class action lawsuits: Everyone suffered very similar injuries and losses, and will likely split a settlement equally.
- Multidistrict litigation: Everyone’s losses vary significantly, but the cases are combined for discovery, pre-trial motions, and several bellwether trials.
Some examples of mass torts we can help clients navigate include:
- Drug injuries from recalled or dangerous medications
- Defective medical devices
- Mesothelioma and lung cancer because of asbestos exposure
- Sex abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America
- Many other current and future mass torts
If you believe you may qualify to join a mass tort, or wonder if your injury case may support a new mass tort, reach out to a Los Angeles mass tort lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today. A member of our team will be glad to speak with you about your case.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Takes a Unique Approach to Mass Tort Cases
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we believe all injury victims deserve compensation based on the specific facts of their cases. You should not have to experience further damages by having to pay for your medical care, lost wages, and other costs incurred because of your initial injuries. Those liable for your injuries should pay for these costs.
To this end, we may be able to work with you to seek and secure compensation in your personal injury case. If we discover there are additional victims of the same company, product, or organization, we may be able to join or form a mass tort.
When it comes to managing mass torts, our team takes a co-counsel approach, bringing additional resources and support to the table. We may be able to prove liability, document losses, and navigate any type of litigation in pursuit of an award in your case.
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Recovering Compensation in a Mass Tort Case
It is difficult to know how much your mass tort case may be worth because there are many factors that play a role in it. For example, class action proceeds are generally split among all victims. MDLs, on the other hand, could end in a settlement offer, or you could go to court and present proof of your unique damages.
Your payout may also depend greatly on the injuries you suffered and the expenses you incurred. Some potentially recoverable losses include:
- Current and future medical treatment and care
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages, including future wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Wrongful death losses, if a family member passed away
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Time Limits May Vary for Filing a Los Angeles Mass Tort
If you received notice of a mass tort or believe you may qualify to pursue compensation in one, or if you suffered an injury and wonder if you have a case, we encourage you to reach out to us as soon as possible following your accident. In general, you likely only have a limited time to take action.
Even if it turns out you do not need to take legal action immediately, the sooner we get started, the easier it may be to document your losses and prove your case. California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1 sets the time limit on most injury cases at two years from the date the injuries occur. However, there are also other rules that apply in these and other types of cases.
Your Los Angeles mass tort lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will be able to explain how the deadlines set under California civil codes apply to your case and ensure you meet any time limits, as long as they know about your case in time.
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Los Angeles Mass Tort Lawyer Q&A
Do mass tort cases need an approximate number of people to sue the company in question in order to win damages?
The key with mass torts is that there are hundreds or thousands of people who are similarly injured from the same product or event, and rather than tying up the defendant in perpetual deposition and discovery, they consolidate all of the discovery into one case. Multi-district litigation (MDL) is the name for this. The cases share discovery, and it makes it far more efficient for both the plaintiffs and the defendants to get to a resolution.
How does insurance play into mass tort cases? Will they provide me with care for my medical needs caused by the faulty device/product during the lawsuit?
For the most part, insurance is not going to provide you any payments until your case is resolved. When a case is settled, then you get proceeds. The mentality is that if they give you money while your case is pending, then you just keep going on with the litigation. The fact that you have financial burdens will help facilitate a settlement. That is why pre-settlement funding has come in handy in certain situations, although it is very expensive money. If you can avoid it, you should avoid it. But in a lot of situations where people need it for wheelchairs or vans or medical treatment, then it could come into play because you know it will be used conservatively while you wait for your case to settle. The insurance is not going to provide payments while the case is pending. Normally in a mass tort case, you are suing a large company. Insurance usually is irrelevant, because you are going to collect from the assets of that company in addition to the insurance.
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At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our personal injury and mass tort attorneys serving Los Angeles do not shy away even when a case looks tough. If we believe your case has merit, we will likely offer to handle it with nothing upfront from you or your family. We will only take our fee once we reach a settlement or secure an award for you.
You can reach a member of the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm mass tort team serving the greater Los Angeles area now at (800) 794-0444. We offer free mass tort case consultations and may be able to go to work building a case for you today.