Class Action Lawsuits
A class action lawsuit is a personal injury lawsuit filed against an entity (for example, a manufacturing or retail corporation or an employer) by members of a group, or class, who have been damaged by that entity. A class action lawsuit may also combine numerous suits against the defendant. Class action lawsuits can address product liability, toxic exposure, fraud, and any other issue involving liability.
The Purpose of Filing a Class Action Lawsuit
The purpose of filing a lawsuit in this manner is twofold:
1. To increase the chances of obtaining a settlement. A class action lawsuit can benefit a plaintiff, who, alone, would not have enough power to defeat a powerful corporation. However, these types of lawsuits combine the power of the plaintiffs, producing personal injury damages that are divided among members of the class.
2. To streamline the litigation process. Instead of litigating each plaintiff’s case against the defendant, a class action lawsuit deals with all the plaintiffs’ charges at one time. This saves considerable time and money in the litigation process.
How do I know if I should file a class action lawsuit?
First, consider whether or not there are enough other individuals in your group who have similar complaints. This is because a class action lawsuit must involve a designated number of plaintiffs with similar grievances against the same entity. Also consider that you are not guaranteed a sizeable settlement. If you are not sure about whether filing a class action lawsuit is your best option, hire an attorney for guidance in your decision making process.
Why to Hire an Attorney
Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is essential in any decision to file a class action lawsuit, since corporations, too, have powerful attorneys working on their behalf. Having an attorney on your side will assure that you are not taken advantage of and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Locate an Experienced Attorney near You
If you are a member of a group that has been harmed by a large corporation, you may be eligible to file a class action lawsuit to obtain damages for your injuries. Hiring an attorney is the best way to make sure this is the best option. Use ImpactLaw to locate an experienced attorney in your area.