Boynton Beach Mass Tort
Most people in Boynton Beach are familiar with the term "class action" but may not know the term "mass tort." A mass tort, like a class action, is a civil action. Like a class action, it involves multiple plaintiffs - individuals who have been harmed - against a defendant corporation or several defendant corporations. In other words, in both cases, there is a product or a drug or a defect that has caused injury or some other type of harm to several people.
The difference between a mass tort and a class action is in the way the plaintiffs - those who have been harmed - are treated by the court. In a class action, all the plaintiffs are collected into a single group or "class" and are treated as a single plaintiff. In mass torts, each individual is treated separately.
Anyone who believes they may be involved in a mass tort in Boynton Beach should contact a personal injury attorney firm like Frankl & Kominsky. Mass tort litigation is complex and challenging, requiring the skills of tenacious attorneys who will try to work hard on your behalf.Why File a Mass Tort?
There are several advantages of filing a mass tort suit instead of filing individually. Because plaintiffs are bundled together for pre-trial proceedings, mass torts can save time and money. In other words, instead of each plaintiff separately going through pre-trial proceedings, they will be consolidated into a single pre-trial process. This allows Boynton-based plaintiffs to work with other plaintiffs locally and around the country to share the expense for these proceedings. The cost of investigations, discovery, and other proceedings can also be shared among the plaintiffs, and is ruled on in one proceeding, rather than multiple, individual proceedings.
If a Boynton plaintiff joins a mass tort and the pre-trial proceedings are heard outside the local jurisdiction, the claim will be sent back to the local Boynton jurisdiction for the actual trial. At that stage, the individual will have to prove the ways they were damaged by the defendant.What are Some Types of Mass Torts?
There have been multiple high profile mass tort cases in the United States which Boynton Beach residents likely are aware of. For example, asbestos suits and silicone implants both led to mass tort actions. Today, the top mass tort actions in the United States are as follows:
- IVC Filter.
- Bair Hugger surgical blankets
- Stryker and other hip implants
- FLQs (fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs)
- Abbott Freestyle Test Strip
- Chinese Drywall
- Granuflo Dialysis
- Stryker Hip
However, these are just a few examples of the types of mass torts Boynton Beach residents may face.Seeking Legal Help
If you or a loved one in Boynton Beach have suffered damage from a faulty product, pharmaceutical, or defect that may make you eligible for a mass tort suit, call Frankl & Kominsky for a free consultation. Call Frankl & Kominsky for a free consultation at (561) 609-1948, or fill out our online form. We serve clients in Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, and throughout South Florida. We are fluent in Spanish and Creole.