As consumers, whenever we purchase a product like a car or medication, we have the right to expect the manufacturer took the requisite precautions to ensure their product is safe. When that doesn’t happen, consumers can suffer grave harm. If you were injured due to a faulty product, you are not alone. A mass torts lawyer can help you hold the negligent product manufacturer accountable for damages.
Being injured after using a consumer product can make you feel alone. But the truth is that defective consumer products like bad medicine injure people like you every day. When that happens, you and the other victims could seek justice through a mass torts case. Van Law Firm’s dedicated mass torts team wants to help you and other victims get the compensation you deserve.
What Is a Mass Torts Case?
When a big company like a drug manufacturer or automaker releases a defective product on an unsuspecting public, the result is usually extreme damages for large swaths of victims. Although all these victims may not have the same losses, their original injuries were all caused by use of the same defective product. A mass torts case groups these victims together to demand damages from the product maker.
It should be noted that a mass torts case is not the same as a class action suit. Both types of cases involve multiple plaintiffs holding product makers accountable for defective products. Mass torts cases differ from class action suits in several important ways. In a class action case, the plaintiffs’ damages are so similar that the proceeds of any verdict or settlement is split evenly among all the injured parties. However, the damages in mass torts cases vary between the plaintiffs.
Therefore, a mass torts lawyer makes a specific and unique case against the product maker on behalf of each plaintiff. Because of this, the amount of any damages awarded will be allocated based on individual economic and non-economic damages. The same thing will apply to the other plaintiffs.
What Defective Products Lead to Mass Torts Cases?
Any defective consumer product can lead to a mass torts case if those defects cause widespread injury or loss. In addition to defective consumer products, long-term proximity or exposure to toxic environments (e.g., asbestos in a workplace or leaching chemicals into a water supply) or defective medicine (e.g., aspirin, blood pressure medication) also commonly lead to mass torts cases.
Mass Torts Lawyers from Van Law
Mass torts cases can be complicated. They almost always involve a company that knows full well that losing a mass torts case will cost them millions in damages and result in one of their best-selling products having a ruined reputation in the public eye.
Almost any company facing this kind of a threat will fight to the very end to avoid liability. Van Law Firm understands this. We have experience fighting for victims’ rights in mass torts cases. Currently, our firm represents clients in one of America’s largest mass torts cases: The Zantac Case.
The Zantac Recall
Zantac is a heartburn and antacid medication that was available over the counter for years. It was one of the most popular prescription drugs in the country until several studies found that Zantac’s active ingredient, ranitidine, was an unstable compound. When this compound breaks down, it transforms into NDMA, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified as highly carcinogenic.
All the time that Zantac users were treating their heartburn and upset stomachs, they were ingesting a substance that potentially causes several different types of cancers, including:
- Liver cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Brain cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Breast cancer
- Throat cancer
- Lung cancer (for non-smokers)
Accordingly, the FDA issued a Zantac recall in April 2020. Zantac had already been on the market since 1983 by the time of that recall. There were thousands of potential victims by then. The mass torts attorneys at Van Law Firm are proud to represent victims of Zantac. If you think you may be one of them, please contact our office to discuss your case at no cost.
What Are the Damages in a Mass Torts Case?
Mass torts and product liability cases can cause an incredible amount of damage for the victims. The medical bills from treating victims in a product liability case like Zantac can reach the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Additionally, victims may not be able to work for an extended period while being treated. All these financial losses meet the legal requirements for recoverable damages in a mass torts case.
Being a victim of a faulty product and undergoing the required medical treatment almost always causes unimaginable stress, mental anguish, and/or pain and suffering. Although there is not a hard “dollar amount” for this, you are entitled to compensation for these “non-economic damages.” Our mass torts attorneys will seek the maximum amount of economic and non-economic damages for all the clients we represent in mass torts cases.
What Damages Will You Receive in a Mass Torts Case?
The first thing to understand about damages in a mass torts case is that you can only collect them if your attorney can win the case. While we can’t guarantee an outcome, we can promise you that the mass torts attorneys with our firm will do everything we can to achieve a winning outcome for you.
With that said, the damages in a mass torts case can vary widely between plaintiffs.
Your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering in a product liability or mass torts case will be completely unique compared to those of the other victims. To get the best estimate on the potential value of your case, contact us. We speak several languages, and we can do a home visit if necessary. Remember, the mass torts attorneys at Van Law Firm are here to help.
Are Mass Torts Attorneys Expensive?
The question of our legal fees is usually foremost in mind for many of our clients. Considering that many of them are already buckling under medical bills and lost wages, this is perfectly understandable. However, the attorneys at Van Law are here to help our clients by holding negligent product makers responsible in mass torts cases.
We take mass torts cases on a contingency arrangement. That means you don’t pay us unless our mass torts attorneys get a win in court or collect a settlement in your case. So, now that you know you don’t have to worry about our fees, there is nothing holding you back from calling us. The mass torts team at Van Law Firm wants to fight for you. Just reach out to us.
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