Los Angeles Mass Tort Attorney
If you’ve been hurt by a defective product, you are probably not alone. Many people in your area may have suffered the same fate, and you can band together to hold negligent manufacturers accountable. Through a mass tort lawsuit, sometimes known as multidistrict litigation, you can all sue the company together.
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we have the knowledge and skill to follow through on these complicated lawsuits. With decades of experience, our team can help guide you through this process, helping you seek the financial compensation you deserve.
For a skilled, mass tort lawyer in LA, call our firm today at (888) 200-9431.
What Is a Mass Tort Lawsuit?
Mass-produced products go out to many consumers. When those products are defective, they can also harm many of these buyers. If each of these injured parties filed a lawsuit, the system would be overwhelmed. Neither the courts nor the manufacturer could handle that many cases. They simply wouldn’t have the time.
It’s possible to fold multiple claims against a company into a mass tort civil case. The court holds a single trial, but that trial represents multiple plaintiffs. If the plaintiffs win, they are compensated individually. There is no need to split the damages among one another.
How Do We Handle Mass Torts?
Our team can comb through your medical history, proving your injuries were not the result of the product, not a preexisting condition. When we see many clients who’ve suffered similar injuries from that same product, we can collapse those claims into a multidistrict litigation suit.
Before moving forward with a mass tort, courts and attorneys determine if it is worth the time and effort. To that end, they can conduct one or more “bellwether” cases.
These trails serve as a “test” to see how well a multidistrict trial will perform. If, for instance, the plaintiff wins in a bellwether case, this gives attorneys confidence in the mass tort claim.
Our team pours all of its energy into a bellwether case. The trial may serve as a test for future litigation, but it is still a real, legal trial. It matters to you, and we know that. You still need compensation for your damages, and we take that responsibility seriously. We are here to provide help, and our firm will work hard on your bellwether case, regardless of any future plans.
Compensation in a Mass Tort Case
Remember, the rewards in a multidistrict case are individualized. You are suing over your specific situation, and your unique needs require compensation. Your lawsuit could repay any money you spent on treatment including visits, treatments, prescriptions, and surgeries.
If your injury forced you to miss work, you could have that missed income replaced. When recovery interrupted your career path, making you miss promotions or other opportunities, you may be able to receive money for this missed, potential income.
If any property was destroyed during the accident, you could be reimbursed for your repairs or replacements. This applies to any property, from a broken CD collection to a burned-down home.
You may also be entitled to “non-economic” damages. This money directly compensates you for your pain and suffering. For each day you were in pain, you could receive money.
If the manufacturer’s actions were overtly malicious, you may also be able to collect punitive damages. This is a payment strictly used to punish a defendant. In a defective product case, the manufacturer may be guilty of willingly releasing a product without providing proper warnings. If our team uncovers such unscrupulous behavior, we can ask the court to award you punitive damages alongside any other compensation you receive.
Mass Torts vs. Class-Action Lawsuits
Multidistrict litigation is often confused with class-action cases. Here are some ways in which the two are different.
Distribution of Damages
In a class action suit, plaintiffs share compensation equally.
Mass tort suits treat each plaintiff individually; the plaintiffs are simply putting their suits together to save time. The winning plaintiffs are each compensated for their specific damages.
Mass torts normally happen with plaintiffs in close proximity.
Class action suits can have plaintiffs from all over the country.
Class action suits can have hundreds of plaintiffs. A person states their intention to be included, fills out the paperwork, and officially joins the suit. From there, the suit moves forward without much involvement on their part.
Multidistrict litigation is a collection of unique lawsuits. The suits are lumped together, but each plaintiff is actively involved in seeking their compensation.
Our team will give personal attention to each client in a mass tort. You are important to us, and we will guide you through every step in the process. We will never overlook you for the sake of the collective.
If you’ve been hurt by a defective product, call Custodio & Dubey LLP today for help. We may be able to match you with other Los Angeles clients and launch a mass tort lawsuit against the negligent manufacturer. Call us today at (888) 200-9431, or contact us online.