Class action lawsuits provide harmed people with many benefits, such as allowing large groups of similarly affected people to come together and file a lawsuit against the same company. This provides strength in numbers for all of the people harmed, typically by large corporations, or businesses that have a vast reach.
These types of lawsuits support individual claimants who would otherwise not have the means to pursue a claim on their own. But when groups of people harmed by the same company come together and file as one group, they have the opportunity to hire an attorney to seek justice from the negligible party.
What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
When a group of people who have been injured in a similar manner file a single lawsuit to seek compensation as a group, this is known as a “class action lawsuit.” You may also hear these types of cases referred to as “multi-district litigation” or “mass tort litigation.” Often, these cases are filed against manufacturers whose negligence caused injuries to consumers.
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Why Do People File Class Action Lawsuits?
Class action lawsuits can give your seemingly small claim more opportunities when combined with other similarly affected people. In turn, class action lawsuits help the courts by not having to hear every single small claim that comes their way. People can file these types of lawsuits for a variety of reasons that cause harm, such as:
- Defective medication
- Illegal business practices
- Employee discrimination
- False advertising
- Breach of contract
There are many ways you can benefit from a class action lawsuit, and working with class action lawsuit lawyers can make this daunting process far more manageable.
What Are the Benefits of Class Action Litigation?
When you pursue litigation during a class action lawsuit, it will not cost you nearly as much as if you attempted to file an individual claim. That is because all of the plaintiffs are splitting the costs equally. This helps to cut costs for all parties. Plaintiffs will likely also pay on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no fees unless you win the case.
After you spend thousands going up against a large company, your claim could end up only being worth a few hundred dollars. Class action lawsuits help victims avoid this risk.
How Can I Get Compensation with Class Action Lawsuits?
Once you have started a litigation process with the lead plaintiff taking legal action with your group’s attorney, the road to potentially earning financial compensation is easier for you and your loved ones.
Depending on the case’s judgment, the plaintiffs may receive awards for financial compensation. While class action lawsuits may include many plaintiffs, that does not stop each member from receiving damages. For instance, in the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit, the victims can receive monthly compensation up to $3,000, depending on their disability rating and other factors. Veterans who experienced the most serious disabilities can also receive extra monthly compensation.
When looking into financial compensation, it is important to consider when to sue the business with your fellow plaintiffs. That is because there is a risk of the company or defendant going bankrupt. You may want to try to join a class action lawsuit sooner than later, as the first group of plaintiffs to file may be the only ones who receive compensation.
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Is a Class Action Lawsuit Worth It?
Even in cases with minor damages, it may be worth your time, money, and resources to join a class action lawsuit. If you have minor injuries or other damages from a large company’s negligence, these issues can affect many other people, too. A class action lawsuit can allow you to pursue financial compensation for your damages.
Additionally, the cost of hiring an attorney for your lone damage against a large company might not make sense financially.
Through class action lawsuits, going to court with multiple plaintiffs fractionalizes the cost compared to filing on your own. The court will still hear your voice and issues, regardless of how small your damages are. You and your attorney can begin to consider other affected party members and build a class action lawsuit.
How Do Class Action Lawsuits Work?
A class action lawsuit combines many claims into one, making the entire process much smoother and quicker for all parties involved. There will only be one judge operating under one courtroom.
During a class action lawsuit, the group of harmed people will assign their lead plaintiff to file the lawsuit on behalf of all party members. This lead plaintiff can also work alongside their lawyer during litigation and can communicate updates back to the entire group.
The lead plaintiff, or the class representative, allows the other party members to have a passive role throughout the litigation. This is efficient for the group’s attorney, too, who then only has to communicate with the class representative throughout the litigation.
How Do You File a Class Action Lawsuit?
To start or join a class action lawsuit, you will need to have a consultation with a lawyer who specializes in class action law to review your claim. If we determine you have a valid case, we will prepare and file a complaint on your behalf. We will guide you through the settlement process and fight to get you fair and adequate compensation.
How Do you Start a Class Action Lawsuit?
To start a class action lawsuit, your personal injury lawyer will file a claim with the court. In your claim, your attorney will formally request that the court certifies the potential claimants in your case as being their own class. Once that happens, other injured parties will be free to join your claim.
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we can help you fight back against big and powerful companies, citizens, or local governments. You do not need to feel intimidated by the class action process. To see how Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you, reach out to a member of our team today for your free case review.