Injury and Accident Attorneys Serving St. Louis, Nearby Missouri, and Nearby Illinois
When a group of individuals has been harmed or injured by a particular product, the mass tort attorneys at Brown & Brown, LLP have the knowledge, skill, and experience to pursue justice and compensation through a legal process known as mass torts.
What Is a Mass Tort?
Mass tort is a single wrongful act (tort) that injures many victims, resulting in numerous plaintiffs suing one or more defendants who acted negligently. In the majority of these cases, plaintiffs sue because of injuries caused by one common product, such as:
- A dangerous or defective medical device
- A dangerous pharmaceutical drug or medicine
- A dangerous or defective consumer product
If there is a determination by the court that the various lawsuits have enough commonalities to constitute a mass tort, all of the cases will be transferred to a single court and assigned to the same judge.
Mass Tort – Dangerous Medical Devices
All medical devices are subject to approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Every year, companies spend millions of dollars in research and development for their products. When products fail to receive approval by the FDA, these companies stand to lose billions of dollars.
This situation instills a powerful incentive for companies to do whatever is necessary to push their products to market, sometimes risking the safety of those who buy them. When companies value profits over consumer safety, the results can be devastating.
Mass Tort – Dangerous Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have an obligation to conduct exhaustive research to uncover potential side effects before any product is sold to the public. However, instead of helping people overcome disease and illness, some drug manufacturers have actually caused harm.
Prescription and over-the-counter drugs seriously injure thousands of people every year. In some cases, the effects can be fatal. When patients take medications, they trust that the drugs they are taking will not harm them. It is an unfortunate fact that the negative effects of some over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceuticals are not apparent until the damage has already been done, including:
- Damage to internal organs
- Heart attack
- Hemorrhages leading to stroke
Dangerous drug recalls can protect some individuals from harm, but it is too late for those already affected. If you have suffered from the use of dangerous drugs, you need a skilled lawyer with the knowledge and resources necessary to pursue the full compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, possible lost wages resulting from your injury and your pain and suffering.
Are Mass Torts the Same as Class Action Suits?
A mass tort is not the same thing as a class action suit. In a class action claim, all plaintiffs are treated as a single plaintiff while in mass tort cases, every plaintiff in the lawsuit is treated as an individual. As a result, class action lawsuits generally result in a single judgment, while a mass tort claim can result in unique judgments for every individual.
Contact Our Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation In St. Louis & Illinois, IL
If you’ve been harmed by a dangerous drug or defective medical device, you deserve compensation for your injuries and diminished quality of life. Contact the experienced mass tort attorneys of Brown & Brown, LLP today in St. Louis, Missouri, at the 3s: 314-333-3333 / 573-333-3333 or in Illinois, at the 8s: 618-888-8888.