A mass tort is civil litigation in which numerous plaintiffs with similar claims join a single action; mass torts are sometimes handled as class action lawsuits, although not all mass torts are class actions. Mass torts and class actions can be especially effective in cases that involve major corporations, such as auto makers or pharmaceutical manufacturers, or circumstances in which exposure to a toxin has harmed multiple people.
For more than 40 years, the Kiley Law Group has advocated for injury victims through individual claims and mass tort cases. Our Boston-based attorneys have recovered more than $400 million on behalf of clients across Massachusetts. Please call us today at 888-979-9323 for a free, no-obligation consultation if you believe you or a loved one suffered harm due to the negligence of another person or organization.
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Types of Mass Torts
Advantages of Mass Tort Cases
Compensation in Mass Torts
Steroid Injections and Meningitis
Defective Motor Vehicles
Mass torts often relate to product liability issues, toxin exposure or consumer fraud. Dangerous pharmaceuticals and defective motor vehicles or faulty motor vehicle parts are common sources of product liability mass torts. Toxic exposure torts may relate to environmental exposure to a toxin or direct exposure to a harmful agent. Consumer fraud may involve deceptive financial practices or fraudulent claims about a product.
When multiple people suffer harm due to an unsafe product or toxin exposure, they may be able to seek compensation for resulting damages through individual claims or a mass tort. If you suffered harm or a loved one died due to another’s negligence, please contact the Kiley Law Group today for a free consultation. Our attorneys can help you understand your legal options and pursue the financial security you and your family need to move forward.
Mass torts can be beneficial to plaintiffs in a number of ways. Bringing together multiple parties with similar claims can help achieve a more timely resolution, and it allows plaintiffs to share resources.
These cases can be especially effective when large corporations are involved. Bringing together a number of claims can lead to change in a corporation’s practices, remove from market harmful medications and other products, and stop pollution that has the potential to harm others in the future.
Damages in mass tort and class action claims may include money to help victims cope with:
Rehabilitation and long-term therapy
Lost wages or loss of earning ability
Pain and suffering
If the injuries resulted in death, family members may be able to recover additional compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, and loss of benefits.
Actos is a popular diabetes medication that, after receiving FDA approval, was found to increase a user’s risk of developing bladder cancer. Although evidence of the risks of Actos emerged as early as 2004, Actos manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals failed to update the Actos warnings until 2011.
If you developed bladder cancer after being prescribed Actos, it’s important to discuss your circumstances with an attorney. The Kiley Law Group offers free consultations, and our attorneys can help you understand your best options to recover the compensation you need to cope with treatment costs and move forward.
Fen-Phen is a drug combination of fenfluramine and phentermine used to treat obesity. The drug, and specifically fenfluramine (also marketed as pondimin), was discovered years after its availability to consumers to cause life-threatening heart valve problems and pulmonary hypertension.
Fen-Phen is no longer widely available, but its effects may still present themselves in former users. If you or a loved one suffered cardiac problems after taking Fen-Phen, please contact the Kiley Law Group today for a free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney.
A popular prescription blood thinner, Pradaxa led to internal bleeding and other adverse effects in thousands of users. In hundreds of instances, the side-effects of Pradaxa have been linked to death.
If you suffered internal bleeding or a loved one died due to complications related to Pradaxa use, please contact the Kiley Law Group today. Our attorneys have extensive experience in mass tort and product liability cases, including those associated with dangerous prescription medications.
Contaminated steroid injections from a New England facility that compounds medications were tied to an outbreak of fungal meningitis, a noncontagious but potentially life-threatening condition. Tens of thousands of people may have received contaminated injections, and nearly 200 instances of meningitis infections were reported.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with meningitis after receiving a steroid injection, you should discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. Time to take action is limited, and the Kiley Law Group can help you understand your options and pursue the compensation you need for resulting medical expenses and other damages.
Prescription treatments for low testosterone, also marketed as “low T,” have become increasingly popular in recent years. Yet some of these medications have been shown to heighten the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Brands of low-testosterone drugs include Androgel, Androderm, Axiron, Fortesta, Testim and Testred, though there are many others. If you suffered heart problems, or a loved one died due to cardiac problems, after a prescription testosterone treatment, please contact the Kiley Law Group today. There is significant pending litigation involving testosterone therapy medications.
Transvaginal mesh is a surgical mesh that was widely used to treat pelvic-organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, it was found to have a high failure rate and increase the risk for complications including organ perforation.
If you or a loved one suffered complications related to transvaginal mesh, it’s advisable to talk with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Litigation against major transvaginal mesh manufacturers is already underway. Please contact the Kiley Law Group today for your free consultation.
Defective motor vehicles and faulty vehicle parts are the subjects of millions of recalls annually. Sadly, these recalls often arrive after thousands of people have been injured or lost their lives. The problem may be with the car itself, or with components such as brakes, tires, air bags, seat belts or fuel systems.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed due to a defective vehicle or faulty component, our attorneys can help you pursue the financial peace of mind you need. We have more than 40 years of experience representing injury victims, including those harmed by vehicle defects. Please contact us today for your free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney.
When the negligent or unlawful release of a toxin results in harm to innocent people, they may pursue compensation for damages through a form of tort often referred to as a “toxic tort.” These cases may stem from instances in which the environment is polluted with toxic substances that contribute to health problems, either through a single event (such as a chemical spill) or through years of contamination (such as illegal dumping of toxic substances). Toxic torts can also apply to instances of occupational exposure to harmful substances in which those exposed were not made aware of the risks.
Chemicals often cited in toxic tort cases include asbestos, benzene, beryllium, lead (from paint), sulfur dioxide and trioxide, and various pesticides. If you believe you suffered harm or a loved one died as a result of exposure to a toxin, the Kiley Law Group may be able to help you pursue the compensation you need and stop others from being harmed. Please contact us today for a free consultation.