Most of us are familiar with the concept of class actions suits — claims filed for a group of people who have suffered similar wrongs, usually because of a product that failed or otherwise caused them harm. It's a kind of wholesale lawsuit. Many of our drug and medical device suits at Cutter Law P.C. are class action suits.
Class action suits are actually a one-size-fits-all subset of mass torts. Mass torts are a looser concept in which one size does not have to fit every plaintiff. A mass tort is a set of separate lawsuits, alleging injuries that are not the same and asking for damages proportionate to each plaintiff's situation. Many times, mass torts from one firm are linked to similar suits at other law firms across the country.
For these reasons, mass torts are usually a lot more complicated than a simple class action. While many lawyers are capable of pursuing a class action suit, a much smaller number are qualified to deal with the complexities of a mass tort.
Cutter Law, Serving Sacramento And Oakland
At Cutter Law P.C., many of the defective and dangerous products our attorneys monitor can lead to class action suits, to mass torts or to individual suits:
How do you know which approach is best for your case? You talk to us. Generally, the type of case depends on the amount of necessary information and the amount of money that is at stake. Class action suits tend to lead to relatively smaller settlements. Mass tort settlements are often for larger amounts. Individual cases often arise from dramatic circumstances where the information is best presented on an individual basis; they are often the kind of cases that lead to large settlements or jury awards.
We invite you to call our offices and discuss your case with one of our mass tort lawyers. Call us in Sacramento or Oakland at 888-285-3333. If you need a particular question answered, you may wish to use our online email form.