Mass Torts: What is Happening Now?
If your law firm is currently looking for mass tort cases to add to your practice areas list, you should examine which cases are increasing in popularity and have plenty of time left to file. Mass torts often have an ideal period in which claims should be filed during. If you attempt to take on new cases after this period, you may find it impossible to become involved during the litigation phase.
As a mass tort attorney, your obvious goal should be to take on new plaintiffs before they can seek aid from another law firm. Since mass torts are civil claims involving numerous plaintiffs going up against one or more major corporate defendants, the plaintiff’s location is less significant than in other types of personal injury cases. Having local clients will make correspondences and travel plans much easier, however, so this is something to keep in mind as well.
The largest area for mass tort litigation currently is personal injury. More personal injury claims are going mass tort than ever since legal clients have more ways to access information about the symptoms, injuries, and negative medical conditions they are experiencing. It’s also easier than ever to research and get in touch with personal injury lawyers who accept these types of cases.
Common areas of personal injury law which require mass tort litigation include:
- Product liability
- Survival/Wrongful death
- Negligence/Imputed negligence
- Pharmaceutical litigation
- Defective medical device liability
- Defective auto part liability
Dangerous drug/pharmaceutical cases as well as defective medical device claims are two areas where some of the largest mass torts occur. This is largely because these cases receive a lot of media attention and often include hundreds of plaintiffs who’ve suffered due to a medical device or drug that was falsely advertised. Pharmaceutical corporations are also some of the largest financial powerhouses in the medical industry. This causes these cases to make news headlines.
Specific drugs and/or medical devices that are currently involved in large mass tort cases include the following:
- Bard/Cook IVC Filters
- Bair Hugger Surgical Blankets
- DePuy Hip Replacements
- Physiomesh Hernia Mesh
- Transvaginal Mesh
If your legal practice is looking to become involved in mass torts, you’ll need to follow each individual set of cases closely as well as approach every claim with the interests of your clients in mind. Mass tort litigation can be complex and may involve a great deal of organization as well as travel, but overall, these types of claims can be a major asset to any personal injury firm while helping clients who need legal assistance.
You’ll also want to organize and manage every mass tort case utilizing personal injury case management software that’s created specifically with mass torts in mind. Case Pacer is one such example and allows your firm’s lawyers and paralegals to create, export, and print mass tort documentation with ease as well as manage every detail of every client’s case.
To find out more, get in touch with a Case Pacer representative today to find out how we can help your law firm achieve and even go beyond your law firm’s mass tort goals.