Huntsville Mass Tort Attorney
A tort is a civil claim in which one person suffers an injury due to the actions of another individual or entity. In some cases, the single action or product of a party causes injuries to several or even many people. When this is the case, their claims may be joined together in a mass tort action. Mass torts help speed the legal process and make it possible for all those injured by a single action or product to receive the compensation they deserve. If you think you may be able to join an ongoing mass tort, contact the Huntsville mass tort lawyers at Conchin, Cole, Jordan & Sherrod for more information.
Examples of Mass Torts
Mass torts involve a large number of people who have been injured by a party. They all deserve compensation for their injuries, but their compensation may vary depending on the damages each suffered individually. There are many ways in which the damages may have occurred.
Examples of damages that may result in a mass tort include:
- Pollution from a factory makes many people in a town sick.
- The BP explosion of the Deepwater Horizon injured many people and resulted in a mass tort.
- A pharmaceutical product causes harm to people who took the drug
- A defective medical device, such as a metal on metal hip replacement that had severe medical complications.
- A pesticide sprayed on farms caused injuries to farm workers and those living nearby.
- A chemical leak by a company contaminates the groundwater making many people sick.
- A company’s product catches fire, causes damages and burn injuries for people who bought the product.
In these cases, many people would share similar injuries brought about by the actions or products of a company. The compensation needed by each individual may be different in each case and require individual attention. Speaking to a mass tort attorney in Huntsville can help you determine if you qualify for compensation from a mass tort.
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Proving the Case in a Mass Tort
In many cases, proving the company is responsible for the injuries of can be difficult. Linking a particular chemical or medication, for instance, to the harm people have suffered, often requires a great deal of research, expert testimony, and collection of data. This can be an expensive and lengthy process, during which no one is collecting any compensation.
Once it is proven that the actions or product of a company created the circumstances that caused injuries to many people, it must then be proven on an individual basis that the injury they suffered was a direct result of the company’s product or action. At each step, attorneys for the company will fight to disqualify claimants from being included in the mass tort.
Finally, once a person’s injuries are accepted as part of the mass tort, the extent of their damages in medical costs and other expenses must be proven as well. The entire process can take years.
Getting compensation for a mass tort usually requires an experienced and dedicated attorney who will be willing to stick it out through the entire process to get those who have been injured the compensation they deserve. The Huntsville personal injury lawyers at Conchin, Cole, Jordan & Sherrod are here to help you. Contact us today.