At Penn and Seaborn, we have experience handling individual personal injury cases, mass torts, and class actions. However, these are three very different types of lawsuits. Below are all three types of lawsuits explained in detail:
Single Plaintiff Lawsuit
A single plaintiff lawsuit typical results when there is only person injured in an accident. For example, if you were rear-ended on the highway and suffered head and neck injuries, the attorneys at Penn and Seaborn 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 the 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 the level of his or her own unique 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 an Alabama personal injury lawyer at Penn & Seaborn. We will then carefully review all the facts in your case and, with your input, determine the best type of claim to file on your behalf. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to obtain financial compensation for your injuries.