Mass Tort Lawyer in Las Vegas
What Is a Mass Tort?
A mass tort is a type of civil action in which multiple injured/affected people (known as “plaintiffs”) seek financial compensation from a single defendant. Mass torts are similar to class action lawsuits with several key differences. In a successful class action lawsuit, all plaintiffs are awarded a single settlement or verdict to which each plaintiff is entitled a share. In a mass tort, each plaintiff can recover their own settlement/verdict; each plaintiff in a mass tort is treated as an individual with their own set of damages. Because of this, mass torts tend to consist of a smaller group of plaintiffs than most class actions.
The purpose of a mass tort is to limit the number of lawsuits that pass through the civil court system. A number of people may suffer harm as a result of a single defendant’s negligence. For example, when a pharmaceutical company manufactures and distributes a defective drug, many people can sustain injuries or fall ill, but they will likely experience different degrees of harm. A mass tort allows all affected individuals to seek recovery for their specific damages without having to file separate lawsuits.
If you believe you may have a mass tort claim—or if you were injured as a result of a defective product, drug, or medical device that you believe has caused widespread harm—we encourage you to reach out to Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith right away. These are highly complex issues that don’t always follow standard legal procedure; it’s important that you work with a legal team that understands how to handle mass tort cases and that can guide you through the process.
Contact us online or call (702) 505-8115 today to request a free consultation with our Las Vegas mass tort lawyers. We can help you understand your options and what to expect from the legal process.
How Do You Know If You Have a Mass Tort Claim?
Nearly all mass tort claims deal with defective products, including defective or dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. Mass torts can also involve toxic contamination; these are commonly referred to as “toxic torts” and may involve poisoning by hazardous substances, pollutants, and chemicals. However, just because you have been injured by a defective product or harmed by toxic exposure, this does not mean that you necessarily have a mass tort claim.
Here are a few ways to tell if you might have grounds for a mass tort claim:
- You sustained injuries, harm, and damages as a result of a defective product or toxic exposure that affected numerous other people
- The people affected by the defective product or toxic exposure were harmed/affected in different ways or under different circumstances
- Each individual case will not likely fit into a single class, making a class action lawsuit impractical or ill-advised
The best way to learn whether you have a mass tort claim is to reach out to an experienced and knowledgeable mass tort attorney who can review your case and help you determine the best way to proceed.
Damages in Mass Tort Claims
As previously mentioned, unlike class actions, mass torts allow you to recover specific compensation for your unique damages. The factual circumstances of your situation will determine what types of damages you may be entitled to recover. However, many plaintiffs in mass tort claims find that they are able to recover compensation for certain damages as a result of being harmed by a defective product, dangerous drug, or toxic exposure.
Common damages in mass tort claims include:
- Costs associated with all current and future medical expenses
- Lost income/wages, including future earnings
- Lost or reduced earning capacity (disability)
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
If you have been harmed by a defective pharmaceutical drug, dangerous medical device, or exposure to a toxic or harmful substance, reach out to Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith today to learn how we can help you work to recover a fair settlement or verdict.
Why Choose Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith?
Mass torts are complex; not every attorney understands how to successfully handle these types of claims. But at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith, we have been representing clients in complicated personal injury matters since 1985. Our Las Vegas mass tort attorneys can answer any questions you have and advise you on the best course of action during a free initial consultation. When you choose to work with our firm, an attorney will be personally involved in your case from the very first consultation. We are committed to dedicating all of our time, efforts, and resources into helping victims of negligence and wrongful actions fight for the justice they deserve and the recoveries they are owed.
While a lot of attorneys are not willing to go to trial, at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith, we are not afraid to aggressively represent you in the courtroom. We have a large, diverse staff with an extensive collective background in many different areas of law. Several of our attorneys even have past experience representing insurance companies, which they now use to aggressively advocate for victims of negligence and wrongful insurance company tactics. Here at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith, we will go the distance for you.
Call our mass tort lawyers in Las Vegas today at (702) 505-8115 to schedule your free case evaluation.
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