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November 24, 2020

What’s the Difference Between Mass Torts and Class Action Lawsuits?

When you’re hurt by a medication, medical device, or another product, you may not have been the only one. You may have been one of hundreds or even thousands of injury victims, and all of you may have grounds for a lawsuit in Orange County.

You may have seen commercials talking about mass torts or class action lawsuits against certain companies. But what’s the difference between mass torts and class action lawsuits? If you’re not sure, talk to the lawyers at Kohan & Bablove LLP for guidance on your potential claim.

What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?

When a single group is responsible for hundreds or thousands of injuries, there may be grounds for a class action lawsuit. In these cases, it may not be practical to file hundreds of lawsuits against a specific company. For example, if hundreds of people were injured by the same faulty airbag in their car, they may have grounds to sue as a group, or class.

Typically, a class action lawsuit means the members of the class have similar experiences and similar facts in their case. Because the details are so similar, filing a single class action lawsuit means all parties involved can settle their claims at once.

How Does a Mass Tort Differ?

A mass tort lawsuit may sound similar to a class action lawsuit. Both involve multiple injury victims suing one or a few defendants in a complex case. The biggest difference is the damages you may receive.

In a class action lawsuit, all victims typically receive a set portion of compensation from the at-fault party. In a mass tort claim, your damages are taken into account. For example, if you suffered severe lifelong damages because of your injuries, you may receive more compensation than someone who suffered a more short-term illness.

Get Answers from a Lawyer in Orange County

When you’re hurt by a big company or organization, you may be eligible to work together with other injury victims for your losses. But what’s the difference between mass torts and class action lawsuits, and what’s best for your recovery?

At Kohan & Bablove LLP, we understand it can be a tough choice, and you may have more questions than answers. Luckily, we can help. Start with a free consultation about your options for joining a mass tort or a class action lawsuit by calling 1-844-404-2400 or by completing the online contact form below.