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Johnson & Johnson—Powder Fiasco

In recent years, multiple juries have found Johnson & Johnson liable for using contaminated talc in their powder products, which caused cancer in consumers. In July, a jury awarded $4.69 billion to plaintiffs. However, other juries have found tainted talc and cancer claims against Johnson & Johnson unfounded. These types of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson can be very confusing for injured consumers who are unsure where and how to start the process. If you believe you may have been affected by Johnson & Johnson or a similar situation where a mass tort lawsuit may be warranted, you should know your rights.

Class Action/Mass Tort

These types of lawsuits can come from many different legal issues, such as train accidents, faulty medical devices, chemical exposure, defective products, etc. In these large lawsuits, like J&J talc cases, the process tends to be complicated and time consuming. The defendant is probably a large entity, there are multiple plaintiffs with same or similar claims, and the filing requirements can differ depending on location of the accident, injuries sustained, etc.

The First Step is to retain local counsel. Local counsel can serve multiple purposes in large lawsuits. Once you retain a local personal injury attorney, your counsel can help determine if your injuries and case against an entity is similar to others wishing to file. Then, your local counsel may refer your case to a law firm who litigates mass tort cases. The mass tort or class action law firm can be located in a different state and working on similar cases for plaintiffs in different areas. The local attorney and referred law firm can work together to achieve better results for the client.

In these cases, the number of plaintiffs and the distance between the law firm and plaintiff may play a role in length of time the law suit takes to settle and can make constant communication with plaintiffs difficult. Your local counsel can serve as a conduit to ensure you are sufficiently involved and your case is efficiently resolved.

Attorney Fees

An initial worry a client may have with retaining attorneys from different law firms, is believing they will be responsible to pay double the bill. This is not true. The attorneys will enter into an agreement to share the responsibilities and the fee, which must be approved by the client. The total fee must be reasonable and is split between the lawyers in accordance with their agreement and the work they’ve each done. Instead of two fees, the lawyers will split total fee in accordance with their agreement.

For example, in personal injury cases, depending on length and density of the case, a client fee agreement may be 67/33—the attorney’s fees are 33 percent of the settlement award. The two attorneys will then split the 33 percent, each a portion of that. Though, if the case is unsuccessful the attorneys will receive nothing and the client will not be responsible for payment.

If you have suffered injuries from an entity or defective product, your case may be a mass tort. Whether your lawsuit is a mass tort or an individual case, the Law Office of William W. Hurst will ensure your case is litigated to its fullest extent so you earn the compensation you deserve.

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FAQs
Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney