Mass Torts are large, complex cases involving thousands of plaintiffs, multiple defendants, and various courts around the country. These procedural vehicles allow the New Orleans mass torts attorneys at Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix to help large numbers of people who have suffered damages because of the same defect or accident.
Most people have heard of a class action lawsuit, but not everyone is familiar with the differences between class action and mass torts litigation.
Both mass torts and class actions lawsuits arise when a large number of people suffer injuries or other damages because of a single cause, such a single defective product, a disaster, an unfair business practice, etc.
With mass torts, each plaintiff’s case is handled on an individual basis. In a class action claim, however, one or two of the injured parties will act as representatives for ALL those who suffered damages.
Mass torts litigation allows us to achieve justice quickly and economically for large groups of people. Some of the most common types of mass torts are:
Consumer Products: Any type of consumer product, or parts of a consumer product, in which a defect leads to injuries to many people. This can include everything from defective power tools to dangerous children’s toys to defective airbags in a particular type of car.
Medical Devices: Every day, medical devices are used to help people with a wide range of injuries and illnesses. When these devices are defective, it can result in further treatments and more costly medical bills.
Pharmaceuticals: Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause serious injuries when they are defective or fail to carry appropriate warnings.
Disasters: A large-scale disaster such as a train accident, plane crash or building collapse in which many people suffered injuries or damages can result in a mass tort claim.
Toxic Torts: These cases stem from large groups suffering from injuries and diseases after being exposed to toxic chemicals, whether at home or in the workplace, as a result of environmental contamination, consumer goods or prescription drugs
Cases we’re currently reviewing include:
Actos: A 2006 study of the diabetes drug Actos found that patients who took the medication for more than a year were at a 40 percent higher risk of developing bladder cancer.
Testosterone Replacement Therapies: Treatments for low testosterone have been linked to increased risks of stroke, heart attacks and even death.
Mass tort lawyer Dawn Barrios is recognized as a leading attorney in product liability mass torts. She played a role in state and national breast implant litigation in the 1990s, has been appointed to many litigation committees in mass tort cases, and was appointed Lead Plaintiff’s Counsel in multi-district litigation involving an education testing company.
Our complex litigation law firm has played an integral role in the mass torts claims involving defective Chinese drywall, GM ignition switches, Actos, Vioxx, and testosterone replacement therapy. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact us today for a free case evaluation.