How to Build a Mass Tort Practice
Case Works can help create and execute the strategies necessary to grow your practice to include both a personal injury and mass tort practice with services tailored to meet your firm’s specific needs. We handle the administrative and functional details, leaving you free to spend your time and energy focusing on your clients’ cases and advocate for a winning settlement or verdict in court.
In a class action lawsuit, all members of the class file as a single entity. Once the class has been certified, anyone who can be considered part of the class can come forward. Class actions can be filed over a wide variety of issues, and a single verdict is rendered for all plaintiffs.
Greater financial compensation may go to lead plaintiffs or those who suffered greater damages. There might be some negotiation over how much compensation different class members receive.
This is not the case in mass tort litigation.
Instead, each plaintiff must prove damages related to the issue at the center of the lawsuit. Instead of a blanket win or loss, some plaintiffs might win, while others may not. Mass tort cases tend to be concentrated on more limited areas of litigation and are often geographically centered.
Most mass tort cases focus on product liability and environmental hazards, to name the most common. Some other areas of mass tort litigation include:
In contrast, mass torts focus on the message of the lawsuit and the power of collective settlement pressure rather than the characteristics and accomplishments of the attorney or firm. Clients are receptive to a strong message communicating that compensation is a possible outcome and using contingency-based fees can make attracting clients easier.
Your firm can handle client acquisition independently or utilize lead acquisition companies, but it’s the review and intake that follows the acquisition that’s often more tedious and established the real value of the case. When you’re new to practicing mass torts and even if you’re a well-established and therefore busy firm, a smart choice is to use a mass tort case development and management service to greatly reduce your administrative workload.
By outsourcing the burdensome but necessary administrative and organizational tasks that accompany mass tort preparation, you can significantly increase your availability to take on a greater number of clients. This will enable you to potentially force defendants to settle through collective negotiating power or more outstanding liabilities Case Works can handle client communication, medical records review, curing deficiencies, and preparing filings, allowing you to focus on trial or settlement.
In many ways, mass torts are the same as personal injury lawsuits. In a personal injury lawsuit, you work with a single client to establish a case proving their injury due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. When you win, you both benefit financially.
A mass tort case generally follows the same process, but when you represent more clients in a single case, you can end up with a much bigger payout. It’s similar to taking on multiple injury cases but filing them all at the same time with a shared legal issue, typically having to do with an entity’s negligence, wrongdoing or liability
When you’re new to mass torts, the initial steps of gathering leads and identifying and acquiring eligible clients can seem intimidating. However, this quickly becomes less daunting with experience, and it’s made much easier at the beginning when you work with a case management firm to help you retrieve and review medical records, communicate with clients to retrieve pertinent information, correct inconsistencies, and organize documents for filing.
Most of the unfamiliar parts of the process can be handled by a third party. This leaves you free to identify the damages and build a strong case, just like you already do when working with a single personal injury client.
All these factors combine to make transitioning to a mass tort practice a natural and financially lucrative next step after you’ve developed experience in the realm of personal injury law.
Before you start your practice, make a detailed plan, including the following:
Hiring or outsourcing
Case management services
Long-term practice goals
You’ll need to devise an effective advertising strategy to fuel client acquisition. Depending on the scale of your transition, you should also consider rebranding your practice. Your online presence, website, and the appearance of your firm will need to inspire confidence in potential clients that you run a successful and knowledgeable mass tort practice.
It’s a mistake to simply attempt to begin practicing mass tort litigation without any consideration for how you market your firm. You invest time, money, and effort into researching leads, advertising, and communicating with clients about the potential for compensation. Without marketing that inspires confidence in your mass tort abilities, you risk potential clients walking away to another firm with a stronger marketing strategy that makes them appear more credible.
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Toxic Tort exposure
Successful mass tort lawsuits often reach settlement numbers in the millions and even billions. These cases frequently involve medications, medical products, and chemicals that result in devastating illnesses and injuries and chronic and often life-threatening diseases like cancer.
We stand apart as a case management firm because we specifically tailor our services to meet the unique needs of mass tort practices. Whether your firm is large, small, solo practitioner, already a mass tort player, or just beginning the transition, Case Works provides custom services to meet your current needs helping you grow your practice.
Case Works offers experience and robust service delivery in all areas of the administrative side of litigation. For some clients, Case Works handles all aspects of administration, from case development to filing. Other clients might opt for assistance with specific administrative needs.
The services provided by Case Works address case management issues, time management issues, and cost and metrics issues. Following are some specific services offered by Case Works:
Coordinating client diagnostic services
Client management and communication
Firms that work with a mass tort case management service typically see increased client engagement and a reduction of attorney time and costs as resources are more efficiently utilized. You can also expect to save additional time and expenses on training or hiring new staff who are capable of handling the complexities of mass tort litigation as your firm grows this new area of practice.