Mass Tort Claims

Mass Tort Lawyer in Midland

What is a Mass Tort Claim?

When a manufacturing issue or gross negligence causes widespread harm to a great number of people, they may all band together to create a powerful lawsuit known as a mass tort. A mass tort involves a group of plaintiffs taking civil action against a single or several defendants for a wrongful act or infringement that caused injury – physical or sometimes financial – to them. The victims must share a common product from which they all received injury and become plaintiffs during the trial against the negligent party.


Do you need to file a mass tort or opt into one? Contact our firm right away.


How to File a Mass Tort

As it would be unreasonable for thousands of people to come to one courtroom to engage in a civil trial, a single lawyer must file for a mass tort action before the case is accepted. The individual legal advocate will then speak and act upon the behalf of everyone in the mass tort. A judge will review the claims, which include the number of plaintiffs, the location of the plaintiffs in relation to one another, and whether the suffered injuries are similar.

Three of the most common mass torts are:

  1. Consumer product claims: Plaintiffs sue together based on a product that caused them all harm. For example, a defective airbag manufactured by one company could lead to injuries all around the world.
  2. Pharmaceutical claims: This mass tort is based on injury caused by doctor-prescribed and over-the-counter drugs. A lack of testing generally leads to the need of a mass tort in reaction to damages.
  3. Catastrophic accidents: When someone’s negligence or recklessness causes a disaster that injures scores of people, a mass tort can be created to seek compensation. An example would be a train derailment caused by inadequate railway maintenance or allowing too many passengers to ride.

If you and a number of other people have been injured on account of a purchased product, the Dean Law Firm can help you file a mass tort action that effectively holds the liable party responsible. With more than two decades of experience representing the injured in Midland-Odessa, we are prepared to help you seek the restitution you deserve.

Opting Into a Mass Tort Claim

It is entirely possible that the ailments you are suffering from are not unique to you. Others around the world could potentially be afflicted by the same problems, especially when a drug or other mass-produced product is to blame. When this is the case, you will need to opt into a preexisting mass tort before it goes to trial.

Usually a mass tort opt-in is advertised through:

  • Television commercials
  • Radio advertisements
  • Printed articles
  • Social media sites

If any discrepancies arise between your own personal claims and those of the mass tort, you are subject to be rejected from participation. As this could also jeopardize the credibility of the greater claim, it is important for you to check with the attorney handling the case beforehand to ensure you can be a member of the same mass tort.

Note: Missing the deadline for a mass tort does not always disqualify you from opting into the lawsuit. Before you dismiss your chances, be sure to consult with a professional mass tort attorney in Midland, Texas for more details.

Personalized Attention on a Grand Scale

Here at the Dean Law Firm, we believe that personalized attention for every client not only makes the process more manageable, it is also an incredibly effective way to understand our clients' perspectives. Just because a mass tort involves multiple clients – sometimes ranging in the thousands – does not mean that the case deserves any less dedication. Having a comprehensive understanding of each case is the first step in building a solid argument, and we take the necessary time to understand our clients’ needs and goals.

Our firm is dedicated to client success in a wide range of cases, including:

The legal process can be overwhelming, but we are ready to guide you through each step with honesty, compassion, and an exceptional understanding of consumer protection law. We offer free consultations and services in Spanish, so don't wait to contact us!

The first step to justice begins by calling the Dean Law Firm at (432) 214-8125 today.

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