What the most common types of mass tort cases?

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The most common type of mass tort lawsuits are product liability actions. A product liability suit claims that a product was either defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed, and as a result caused injury or damages to the consumer.  One well-know example of a mass tort claim is lawsuits against the asbestos industry claiming that asbestos companies failed to warn of …

What are the types of product defects?

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There are three possible types of product defects in products liability cases. ~ Design Defect: The whole product was designed poorly or not properly tested and all the products will likely be defective and dangerous. ~ Manufacturing Defect: The product was designed properly, but there was an error in the making of the product. Usually not the products will be …

How does a class action defective drug lawsuit work?

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Due to the large number of people injured by pharmaceuticals each year, there are often numerous people who wish to take legal action against a manufacturer for a particular drug.  Instead of having multiple courts hear hundreds of individual cases, the court may certify a single class action lawsuit of similarly situated plaintiffs. The class action suit can be joined …

What should I do after a dog bite injury?

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If you are injured by a dog bite, it is important to seek medical attention and get the proper care for your injuries as soon as possible.  Be sure to thoroughly document all medical treatment and expenses associated with your injuries.  Next you should try to gather all the relevant information you can, including the pet owner’s contact and insurance …

What is a defective product liability claim?

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If you’ve been injured or harmed by a product you used you may have a products liability claim for a defective product. While state laws can vary in the particulars of what you must show, products liability law generally requires that you prove all of the following “elements” in your claim in order to prevail and recover for your injury: …

What is a Letter of Protection?

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Sometimes an accident victim does not have health insurance, and while they may have PIP or medical payment coverage for medical bills, those benefits may not be sufficient to cover all medical expenses following a serious accident.  In addition, auto insurance companies will not reimburse medical expenses as they are incurred, but instead wait until recovery is complete and all …

How Do I Prove Pain and Suffering After an Accident?

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“Pain and suffering” is a legal term that refers to the wide range of injuries that someone may suffer as the result of an accident.  While there is the obvious pain from physical injuries, an accident victim may also suffer from less visible emotional distress like persistent fear, anxiety or depression, inconvenience, and even loss of enjoyment of life after …

Should I Take Pictures of My Wrecked Car After an Accident?

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Yes, pictures of your damaged vehicle can be an extremely valuable tool that may be used in negotiating a settlement with the insurance company, or later in litigation if your claim is not settled.  You may be able to use pictures of your wrecked car to show how severe the accident was and demonstrate the extent of the injuries you …

How long do I have to report an accident?

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The short answer is that you should report a car accident as quickly as possible.  While the first priority is attending to the medical needs of everyone involved, the next step is to report the accident to your insurance company as soon as you can.  Many companies offer 24 hour claim service and several now have mobile apps you can …