Difference Between Single Plaintiff, Mass Tort & Class Action?
Single Plaintiff Lawsuit
A single plaintiff lawsuit typical results when there is only person injured. For example, if you were rear-ended on the highway and suffered head and neck injuries, Arnold & Itkin would file a single lawsuit on your behalf against the person or people responsible for the accident.
Mass torts usually result when several individuals are injured by a single accident or dangerous product. For example, if several people were injured by dangerous medicine, with each person suffering a different type of injury, a mass tort claim could be an option when pursuing compensation from responsible parties. In a mass tort, several named plaintiffs join together in a single action.
Parts of the case that apply to all plaintiffs (in our example, evidence showing how the dangerous medicine got to the patients) would be worked on jointly in a single courtroom. Parts of the case that were unique to each person (type and severity of injury) would be worked on separately. If victorious, each plaintiff would receive a unique verdict or settlement based on his or her own circumstances.
In a class action suit, one or two named plaintiffs act as representatives for numerous unnamed parties. If the claim ends in a successful verdict or settlement, all named and unnamed claimants will be treated similarly.
Before making any decisions about which type of claim will be best for you, please speak with Arnold & Itkin. We will carefully review your case and, with your input, determine the best type of claim to file. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to obtain financial compensation for your injuries.