Mass tort lawsuits involve multiple plaintiffs suing an individual or business for damages. Mass tort lawsuits commonly involved consumer fraud, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, and defective automobiles. Many benefits come with joining a mass tort action. All of the plaintiffs’ lawyers can share information during the discovery phase. You will need your lawyer to protect your individual interests, however. If you are considering joining a mass tort lawsuit in New York City, you need a lawyer who will represent your personal interests. Contact the skilled New York City mass tort lawyers at Pulvers Thompson today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Mass Tort Cases Involving Medical Devices
Medical science and technology have advanced significantly in the last 60 years. Researchers and medical device manufacturing companies have revolutionized healthcare and medicine, making many great strides. Medical devices play a huge role in helping us maintain our health. Unfortunately, most medical device manufacturing companies are for-profit companies. In some cases, they put their desire to earn profits above the safety of those who rely on their devices.
Medical device manufacturers have a track record of trying to rush their products to market before ensuring they are safe. Loopholes in the federal drug administration’s approval process make it easy for drug and medical device manufacturers to sell unproven and untested medical devices to patients and their doctors.
Even when it becomes clear that a medical device is dangerous, the FDA does not always force the company to stop selling the product. As a result, thousands of patients become exposed to these hazardous devices and suffer injuries. In many cases, injuries arise after these devices are implanted in patients by their surgeons. Patients are left acting as test subjects even though they assume that the devices are safe. Patients end up sustaining severe and even fatal injuries from unreasonably dangerous or defective medical devices.
The following medical devices are currently under scrutiny:
- Penumbra catheters
- Defective pacemakers
- Defective hip replacement systems, such as DePuy and Stryker metal implants
- Boston Scientific Greenfield IVC filters
- Cook IVC filters, including Celect, Gunther Tulip, Celect Platinum, Celect, OptEase, and TrapEase devices
- Bard IVC Filters, including G2, G2 Express, Denali, and Recovery devices
- Abdominal hernia and transvaginal mesh, including Celect, Ethicon Physiomesh, Bard Polypropylene, Ethicon Physiomesh, Atriums ProLite, and Kugel Mesh
What is a Mass Tort?
A mass tort is a personal injury lawsuit that involves multiple plaintiffs. Plaintiffs are the parties seeking damages from the defendant who caused their injuries. Mass tort lawsuits are different from class-action lawsuits, however. Even though both types of lawsuits involved multiple injured parties, they are different types of lawsuits. Mass tort lawsuits do not group the plaintiffs together as in class-action lawsuits. Instead, in a mass tort action, each plaintiff pursues his or her case. Mass tort lawsuits often involve:
- Defective medical devices
- Defective or unreasonably dangerous prescription medication
- Roundup weedkiller
- 3M Combat Arms Earplugs
- Juul Vape Pens
- Defective automobiles
- Any other unreasonably dangerous or defective product
The central federal court will consolidate the separate personal injury lawsuits into one legal action in a process known as multidistrict litigation (MDL). One judge will oversee the mass tort case that could involve hundreds or thousands of individual personal injury lawsuits. This process allows the judge overseeing the mass tort case to become familiar with all of the facts of the case, which will be similar.
One of the main benefits of engaging in a mass tort lawsuit is that it allows the plaintiffs to pool their resources. Bringing product liability claims is an expensive process and pooling resources to aid all plaintiffs in using expert witnesses and investigators during the discovery process. Plaintiffs’ lawyers will share their resources and any helpful information they gained during the discovery process. Nonetheless, each plaintiff pursues his or her individual claim and will be entitled to an individual result or damages award.
Our Mass Tort Services
The personal injury lawyers at Pulvers Thompson have decades of experience representing clients in mass tort cases. We understand how devastating an injury caused by a dangerous product or defective medical device can be. Succeeding in Mass tort claims or class action lawsuits can make a huge difference to our clients, allowing them to pay their medical bills and secure their financial future.
Additionally, holding companies that produce defective products accountable for the injuries they cause is an important part of our legal practice. Our aggressive legal approach has helped us recover our clients millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. Many mass tort cases do not reach the courtroom because the parties agree to settle. However, should a trial become necessary, you can rely on our courtroom-ready attorneys to fight for you in court. When you hire Pulvers Thompson to represent you in a mass tort case, you can expect our lawyers to do the following:
- Carefully review all of the circumstances that led to your severe personal injuries
- Negotiate aggressively with insurance companies and large corporations on your behalf
- Consult with leading personal injury and accident experts, including scientists, engineers, specialist, and other experts who can help us understand the technical aspects of your case
- Push back against the defense team’s attempt to shift the blame for your injuries to you
- Identify any relevant scientific reviews or studies that support your personal injury claim
- Pursue the most amount of compensation possible in light of your present and future damages
Contact a New York City Mass Tort Lawyer Today
If you have become injured from a defective product or drug in New York City, you are not alone. Contact the experienced mass tort lawyers at Pulvers Thompson today to schedule your free initial consultation. Successful plaintiffs are entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering. We will discuss the details of your case with you and advise you of your legal options.