What is the Difference Between Mass Tort Cases and Class Action Lawsuits?

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Corporations, conglomerates, and other powerful interests can cause harm. When negligence, oversight, or similar factors negatively affect a large number of people, multiple lawsuits are possible. Mass torts and class action lawsuits are both ways in which a large group of plaintiffs can be represented in a single case.

What is Mass Tort?

A mass tort is a type of action brought against a corporation by several plaintiffs who have suffered a similar or identical act of harm. With mass tort cases, the victims are typically in a similar group. This may include people on specific medications, those who use the same products, and people living in the same geographic location.

Product liability claims and defective medication claims are typically handled through mass tort. These claims often involve multiple plaintiffs.

What is a Class Action?

A class-action lawsuit is a type of action brought against a corporation on behalf of several plaintiffs who have been defrauded, mislead, or otherwise harmed. Class action lawsuits are filed by one or two individuals and seek compensation for all members of the class, regardless of their knowing participation. You must opt-in to receive any of the damages.

Class action lawsuits seek to set precedent and change laws and policies. They do not always result in compensation for individual class members.

We can Help

If you have been injured by a defective product or a dangerous medication, you may have a right to take legal action. It is possible that the action to which you are entitled has already been taken. It is also possible that you will get the ball rolling. Brown & Brown is here to help in both situations.

Experienced, thoughtful, and effective, our attorneys are here to review your claim and help you understand your rights and options. Call us today at 314-333-3333 or 618-888-8888 to schedule a free consultation and learn more. Brown & Brown is a personal injury law firm with offices in St. Louis and Illinois. We serve men and women living throughout the greater St. Louis region.