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June 1st, 2020
Here at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped many Louisianans who have been injured through no fault of their own due to the carelessness of others. This is true whether the at-fault parties were distracted drivers, negligent property managers, or the manufacturers of harmful consumer products.
We call ourselves personal injury lawyers, but another word you may have heard tossed around in relation to your injury claim is “tort.” So, what is a tort, and how is it different than a personal injury claim?
A tort is any wrong committed against someone that causes injury or harm, and that can be tried in a civil court. That sounds a lot like a personal injury, but the definition of a tort is a bit wider.
All personal injury lawsuits are torts, but not all torts are personal injury lawsuits. There are three main types of torts.
When we talk about torts here, we typically mean mass torts surrounding defective products or drugs that have caused significant harm to users. For example, claims against the manufacturers of feminine hygiene products containing talcum powder that may increase a user’s risk of ovarian cancer are considered mass torts.
Unlike a car accident where you were the only victim, or a multi-car pileup where many people contributed fault, a mass tort is a single action that harms many people.
When you are part of a mass tort, you are still treated as an individual. This means the court will hear about how you, specifically, were injured by the product or drug. In a class action, just one person from the whole group stands in as everyone’s representative.
When a large group of people have been harmed by the same defective product or drug, coming together in a mass tort can help improve their chances of getting the compensation they deserve.
One member of a mass tort can use any of the evidence gathered as part of the mass tort in their own trial, but the success of their case isn’t tied to someone else. That means the opportunity for compensation is greater than in a class action, where you could potentially receive only a small amount of money or no money at the conclusion, and never go in front of a judge yourself.
Most of the cases we try are negligent torts, and we’ve perfected the process of both compiling evidence that proves you were not at fault for your own injuries and calculating the full damages you are owed for the defendant’s negligence.
There are four key things we’ll prove throughout your case.
Suffering an injury that wasn’t your fault, and knowing you have no way to pay your bills until you can get back to work, is a horrible feeling. Believing you have no way to hold the people who caused your accident responsible and have no choice but to go into debt is worse. But we want you to know that isn’t the cause.
When someone injures you, even unintentionally, you can file a negligent tort claim, otherwise known as a personal injury lawsuit, to get the compensation you need from their insurance.
And at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, our No Fee Guarantee® means you pay us nothing, unless we win. Even your initial consultation is free.
Don’t put off getting the help you need; contact us today to discuss your claim.