When people hear the words “mass tort”, they envision the legal thrillers they’ve seen on cable or in the movies. They envision a group of plaintiffs filing into a crowded courtroom, waiting to hear the jury’s verdict. In reality, it doesn’t often happy this way. While there are numerous plaintiffs, most of these cases never see the inside of a courtroom. Your Arkansas personal injury lawyer will work throughout the case to negotiate a settlement with the defendant.
Many of these cases don’t involve a question of whether the defendant is liable. When you have dozens (or hundreds) of plaintiffs all alleging the same thing, there has to be some evidence of wrongdoing. It usually comes down to a question of how much the defendant is willing to settle for. Since there are many plaintiffs, your mass tort lawyer in Arkansas must consult with dozens of people before they accept a settlement. They also have to make sure the settlement is enough to take care of all their clients.
Here, we will discuss the most common types of mass tort actions. This should give you a much better idea of what kinds of cases mass tort lawyers in Arkansas handle. If you think you may qualify to file as part of a mass tort case, make sure to call us right away. The statute of limitations still applies in these cases. If you miss the filing deadline, you’ll lose your chance to pursue damages.
One of the most common types of mass tort cases we handle involve dangerous products. If you’ve ever seen those stories on the news about a product recall, you should know what we mean. While many of these cases involve children, a lot of them involve regular, everyday products.
Almost all of our dangerous product cases involve one of the following:
It’s important to remember that, just because you received a recall notice or bought a dangerous product, you aren’t automatically entitled to damages. If you weren’t injured, you have no standing to sue. If all you want is a judge to require the defendant to change their product design or add a warning label, you wouldn’t join a mass tort case. This is something we could include in our demand for relief. But you can’t receive damages if you weren’t injured.
Lately, most of the mass tort cases we handle involve dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. It is hard to turn on the television today without seeing a commercial for a new prescription medication. At the end of the commercial, the voiceover reads off a dozen dangerous side effects of the drug. They do this because they’re trying to protect themselves from getting sued down the road.
Any new drug is going to have some negative side effects. However, some drugs that have been released in the last twenty or thirty years are downright deadly. Some cause cancer while others can cause blood clots. It makes you wonder if it’s worth taking these medications. The side effects are usually worse than the condition they are meant to treat.
When people get sick or even pass away as a result of these dangerous drugs and devices, we step in. Our goal is to pursue the drug or device manufacturer for damages. These cases tend to take a long time because there are so many plaintiffs involved. However, they need to be filed – otherwise, these giant corporations won’t be held accountable.
Some of the cases we handle involve large-scale catastrophes. This could include anything from a plane crash to a fire at a multi-unit apartment building. Sadly, many of the victims in these cases do not live to tell their story. We typically represent the family of loved ones who were hurt or killed in these catastrophes.
One of the issues with these cases is that each defendant points the finger at the other. The airline points to the airport who provided air-traffic control. Or they bring the manufacturer of the plane in as an additional defendant. While these cases can take a long time to resolve, they usually involved very large payouts.
If you think or one of your family members have a mass tort case against a defendant, you should call our office right away. You can make an appointment to meet with one of our experienced Arkansas personal injury lawyers. This gives our associates a chance to determine if you have a case at all. We can also determine if you should file a traditional personal injury lawsuit or if you qualify for a mass tort action.
Since we offer our clients a free, initial consultation, you don’t have to worry about paying us upfront. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with someone who can answer any of your questions. This free consultation also gives you a chance to see what your case may be worth.
Call today and schedule a date and time that works for you. The defendant is going to have a whole team of lawyers working for them. You don’t want to go up against them all by yourself.