Mass Tort Attorneys
If you sustained an injury or illness due to someone else’s negligent or intentional actions, contact Law Offices of Gary Green immediately to discuss your case. We can review the circumstances to determine whether you’re eligible for a mass tort lawsuit against the at-fault party. You might be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
It’s your legal right to hold people, businesses, and other parties accountable for their wrongdoing. Mass tort cases often involve large corporations, such as drug manufacturers. When they knowingly provide the public with a dangerous medication, they should be held liable for the victims’ resulting injuries and losses.
At Law Offices of Gary Green, our team of mass tort attorneys has decades of experience representing clients and helping them seek the justice they deserve. We tirelessly work to meet your needs and attempt to reach the best possible outcome in your case. To find out whether you qualify for a mass tort lawsuit, do not hesitate to call us at 888.442.7947 for a free consultation.
What Is a Mass Tort Lawsuit?
“Tort” is a legal term that refers to an injury or harm caused by someone’s negligence or carelessness that could be grounds for a lawsuit. When an accident victim gets hurt due to another person’s negligent actions, they can file a personal injury claim. However, if more than one person sustains similar injuries by the same party, they could pursue a mass tort lawsuit.
People often confuse class actions and mass torts. Some think these terms are interchangeable and involve the same type of case. Although they share similar goals, there are significant differences between the two.
During a class action lawsuit, there are specific requirements you must meet, such as:
- Enough plaintiffs throughout the country should exist to pursue the case all together instead of individually.
- The circumstances must involve a common question of fact or law.
- The representative of the class must have the same or similar injuries as other members of the class.
- The representative should protect the interests of all other plaintiffs involved in the case.
Class action lawsuits use one or a few people to represent the entire group of people harmed by the same party.
In a mass tort lawsuit, the plaintiffs can present their cases to one judge. These factors must exist to qualify for this type of case:
- Every plaintiff has a similar injury;
- The case involves multiple plaintiffs.
All plaintiffs can join together to work on the circumstances of the case that apply to everyone. However, each person would work on certain parts of the case separately if they’re different from other plaintiffs, such as the severity of an injury.
Common Types of Mass Tort Cases
Various scenarios could qualify you for a mass tort lawsuit. At Law Offices of Gary Green, our mass tort attorneys have experience taking on the negligent parties who are responsible for causing injuries in the cases below.
Camp LeJeune Drinking Water Contamination
At Camp LeJeune and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina, two on-base water wells were shut down in 1985 when it was determined they contained hazardous chemicals.
Zantac (ranitidine) is a medication popularly used for the treatment of heartburn. It works by decreasing the amount of acid in the stomach to treat and prevent various conditions, such as heartburn, ulcers, and GERD. Unfortunately, researchers discovered a dangerous chemical in the drug called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
Long-term exposure to NDMA could lead to various forms of cancer and other health problems, such as:
- Digestive tract cancers
- Liver failure
- Lung (non smokers)
- Prostate (64 or younger)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested the manufacturers of Zantac and ranitidine to withdraw all lots from the market on April 1, 2020. If you took the drug and developed any of the above conditions or experienced another unusual side effect, you might be entitled to compensation from one of these companies:
- Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
- Perrigo Company PLC
- American Health Packaging
- Denton Pharma Inc.
- Denton Pharma dba Northwind Pharmaceuticals
- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
- Appco Pharma LLC
- Golden State Medical Supply Inc.
- Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Novitium Pharma LLC
- Amneal Pharmaceuticals
- Precision Dose Inc.
- Aurobindo Pharma USA
- Lannett Company Inc.
Talc is a mineral used in various consumer products, including baby powder. Many people use it to reduce friction because it keeps a person’s skin smooth and dry. However, multiple studies have shown that talcum powder, baby powder, and other products containing talc can become contaminated with asbestos.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen. Researchers discovered a possible link between talc-based products and the risk of ovarian cancer in women. They believe that the particles enter the body and cause inflammation of the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus. Continuous exposure to the asbestos in talcum powder could eventually lead to:
- Endometrial cancer
- Vaginal/vulvar cancer
- Fallopian tube cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Uterine cancer
Multiple companies could be held liable if you developed cancer from using any of these talc-based products:
- CVS Baby Powder
- Rite Aid Baby Powder
- Clubman Pinaud Powder
- Johnson & Johnson Absorbent Body Powder and Shower to Shower Baby Powder
- Colgate-Palmolive Cashmere Bouquet
- Gold Bond No Mess Powder Spray, Body Powder, Extra Strength Body Powder, and Medicated Powder
- Angel of Mine Baby Powder
- McKesson Baby Powder
- Nivea Pure Talc
Catholic Church Abuse
Sex abuse by religious institutions and their members occurs more often than people realize. In fact, many dioceses around the country were named in lawsuits for the sexual acts committed by priests and other church members. Multiple institutions were forced to file bankruptcy to handle the onslaught of legal cases against them.
If you suffered childhood sexual abuse or abuse as an adult by someone in the Catholic Church, you might have the opportunity to pursue a mass tort lawsuit. All states have a statute of limitations, which is a strict timeframe for seeking legal action against another party. However, many states have extended the statute for sex abuse cases or provide a period when people can initiate a lawsuit regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.
Members of the military must deal with exposure to loud noises constantly. Explosions and gunfire are common during training and combat. 3M dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs are supposed to block out these sounds so soldiers don’t suffer hearing loss and other severe problems. Unfortunately, a design flaw created an inherent danger, preventing these earplugs from functioning correctly.
The defective earplugs have resulted in various hearing-related medical problems, such as:
- Nerve damage
- Temporary and permanent hearing loss
- Damage to cells and membranes in the inner ear
According to a Department of Veterans Affairs report, over 60,000 military members from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have a hearing-related disability. A mass tort lawsuit against the manufacturing company could result in the compensation you need to pay for the necessary medical treatment of your injury.
Roundup was a popular herbicide used by maintenance workers, farmers, gardeners, agricultural workers, and other people in need of a product to manage weeds. After applying the herbicide, the leaves absorb the active ingredient glyphosate and pass it to other parts of the weed. This prevents it from creating the specific proteins it needs to flourish. Instead, it dies.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified this toxic chemical as probably carcinogenic to humans in March 2015. They found sufficient evidence of an increased risk of cancer from regular exposure. The most common diseases and medical conditions they believe Roundup could cause are:
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Respiratory illnesses
The Environmental Protection Agency classified the herbicide Paraquat for restricted use, meaning licensed applicators are the only people allowed to use it. The manufacturing companies were aware of the dangerous ingredients in their product but failed to warn the public.
Parkinson’s disease is a common adverse effect of frequent exposure to toxic substances in the herbicide. A study found that farmers and agricultural laborers developed the disease at a rate 2.5 times higher than individuals who never used Paraquat.
After releasing the results of the study, 32 countries banned the product. However, the United States has yet to issue a recall. Instead, only certified applicators can use the herbicide.
Philips CPAP or BiPAP Sleep Apnea Devices
Some sleep apnea devices have been found to emit gasses that may cause cancer into a patient’s body. If you used a CPAP or BiPAP device and were diagnosed with cancer, Law Offices of Gary Green can help.
Eye Drop Recall – Eye Drop Lawsuit 2023
EzriCare and Delsam Pharma artificial tears recalled due to drug resistant infections.
Compensation You Could Pursue in a Mass Tort Lawsuit
The compensation you’re entitled to will depend on the circumstances of your situation and the state in which you reside. Laws vary from state to state, but plaintiffs in mass tort cases could seek various losses, such as:
- Past and future medical bills
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
At Law Offices of Gary Green, our mass tort attorneys can review the details of your case to determine your potentially compensable losses. We will work hard to try to recover the maximum available compensation, so you’re not forced to pay for anything out of pocket.
Law Offices of Gary Green will remain in your corner and advocate for your rights. We believe in fighting for the justice and compensation our clients throughout the U.S. deserve. You should not face the negligent company alone. We will stay by your side throughout each step of the process until the end.
If you suffered injuries and believe you might qualify for a mass tort lawsuit against the at-fault party, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. One of our mass tort attorneys will be happy to meet with you and determine whether we can help. Call us now at 888.442.7947.