When a person is injured by a product or the actions of someone else (a “tort”), a personal injury lawsuit often follows. The media often sensationalizes tort cases, since the facts are usually interesting and jury verdicts sometimes reach into the tens of millions of dollars. The personal injury lawyers at Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins have helped many injured plaintiffs recover for their injuries, often times in excess of one million dollars or more.
While representing a single plaintiff in a single tort case is a relatively uncomplicated process, what happens when many people are similarly injured by a single product, act, or event? In these cases, the situation extends beyond a simple personal injury lawsuit. In fact, a special area of law has developed to address these situations – mass torts.
Mass tort litigation allows a large number of plaintiffs, who share similar injuries caused by the same product, to have their cases heard and tried concurrently. One of the most common sub-categories of mass tort litigation is a class action lawsuit. However, mass torts cover a much broader range of claim types than just class action. Mass torts allow different plaintiffs with unique injuries to maintain their individual lawsuits yet combine resources to pursue their individual claims.