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Mass Tort vs. Class Action Lawsuits: What's the Difference?

Mass Tort vs. Class Action Lawsuits: What's the Difference?

Many people are familiar with the term “class action lawsuits” because it can sometimes be mentioned on the news. However, they might not know precisely what it means. Likewise, they might confuse a class action lawsuit with a mass tort lawsuit. However, these are somewhat different types of lawsuits.

A class action is a lawsuit filed on behalf of an entire group of people who share the same set of injuries, damages, and circumstances. When a large number of people are negatively affected by the same issue, a class action reduces the number of individual court cases that could be brought against the responsible party. This is one of the primary purposes of a class action lawsuit.

For example, if a company overcharges a group of people in a similar way for a similar product, those people could collectively file a class action lawsuit, and the courts will determine the outcome of everyone's claim through the one class action claim. Although class action lawsuits can be effective for initiating corporate change, the people involved often split the resulting settlement, which usually leaves them with much less compensation than they deserve for their damages. 

Mass Tort Lawsuits

Mass tort lawsuits, on the other hand, are handled in a different way. These lawsuits reduce the number of individual cases, but they refer to a much broader category of claim types. Class action suits are actually a type of mass tort claim.

In many cases, mass torts are brought when consumers are injured on a large scale by defective drugs or products. Since drugs can cause a wide range of problem for different individuals, all cases rarely fit into a single class.

In mass tort litigation, an attorney or groups of attorneys can represent numerous injured parties in their individual cases. One attorney's investigation can apply to all the cases in the group. An extensive network of legal professionals can combine their resources, information, and ideas to ensure all claimants receive just settlements.

Mass torts tend to be more complex than class action lawsuits because they don't necessarily follow standard legal procedure. Because of the many claims brought into court, it can be hard to determine settlements and compensation.

If you or a loved one were harmed in a similar way to many other people, you might be eligible to participate in a mass tort lawsuit. Discuss your case with our skilled Greenville personal injury attorneys today. We might be able to get you compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact us at (864) 408-8890 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.

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