Mass tort law is an aspect of personal injury law which involves cases with a large number of plaintiffs that share a common claim against a common group, company, or manufacturer. The most common types of personal injury mass torts involve pharmaceutical drugs, defective medical devices, and dangerous products. Mass tort claims make it infinitely easier for a law firm to help multiple clients at once and ensure action is taken to remove a defective or dangerous product from market.
Like many of the most complex types of civil lawsuits, mass torts can take years to fully settle. This is because most cases have strict deadlines that need to be followed. Also like most types of civil lawsuits, civil torts sometimes award settlements that offer both punitive and compensatory damages. These damages are rewarded to help victims recover as well as deter the defendant from repeating the same mistake.