Class Action Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may consider filing or joining a class action lawsuit, a complaint brought by one or many claimants representing a larger group of similarly injured people.
Actually, class action lawsuits for mesothelioma victims and families are very rare; instead, most opt to file an individual claim to receive financial compensation.
Mass Tort Litigation
Though mass torts are commonly confused with class action suits, they’re very different. While both legal actions combine multiple cases into one trial, a mass tort still treats each plaintiff as an individual with their own damages and circumstances; in a class action, all plaintiffs are lumped together and given the same award.
Mass torts are designed to save time and money by pooling legal resources for similar cases, while leaving each case separate. Mesothelioma mass torts are far more common than class actions. Speak with your lawyer to see if a mass tort makes sense for your case.
Opting Out of Class Action
You may be asked to join a class action suit, which can waive your right to file an individual lawsuit of your own. After consulting with their attorneys, many victims and families decide to opt out of a class action suit.
Not only is it difficult for a large group of claimants to agree on settlement terms, it’s also possible that you could win a larger award based on your individual case. Discuss your options with a qualified mesothelioma attorney to understand how to best pursue the financial compensation you deserve.