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If you or a loved one are the victims of a defective product or unfair action by a company, a class action lawyer can help. Class action lawsuits are complex. However, the Carlson Law Firm has more than 40 years of experience helping personal injuries victims to become a top-class action law firm. We have recovered millions of dollars for clients injured by the negligence of major companies.
What is a Class Action?
A class action lawsuit occurs when a group of people with the same or similar injuries caused by the same product or action sue the defendant as a group. Instead of each person bringing their own claim, the class action combines all the claims of each person who suffered a damage—whether they know it or not. Class actions usually involve a large number of people (40 or more) who have suffered injuries by the same defendant in the same way.
Class actions differ from traditional lawsuits where one party sues another party to correct a wrong. In traditional lawsuits, all parties are present in court. However, in a class action, a plaintiff sues a defendant or several defendants on behalf of a group, or class, of absent parties.
What is the purpose of a class action lawsuit?
Typically in a class action, the injuries of the individuals are very minor. In fact, injuries may be so minor that pursuing a single-party action may not be worth a lawsuit. However, by combining several lawsuits for the same injuries adds to the value of a complaint. Suing as a class means consolidating attorneys, defendants, evidence, witnesses and most every other aspect of litigation. This is especially important if the number of plaintiffs is extremely high, as it would be extremely impractical to file individual lawsuits.
There are several examples of class action lawsuits. A class action suit may consist of a group of employees who were subjected to racial discrimination or plaintiffs who have prescribed a drug with injurious side effects. A class-action lawsuit could also consist of neighborhood residents affected by a toxic spill or consumers who purchased a defective product that led to injuries.
How do I join a Class Action Lawsuit?
In most cases, you do not need to do anything to join a class action lawsuit. However, you will likely get involved once the case settles. In most instances, you will need to submit a claim, either online or through the mail to receive your portion of the settlement or judgment. Information on how to do so will likely be mailed.
How do I know if I’m eligible to be part of a lawsuit?
Anyone affected by the court’s decision in a class action would be eligible to receive notice that the action has started. The court does not require every affected person to receive notification of the lawsuit, but it every person possibly affect is entitled to the best notice possible. To do this, a court will order that the class representative through his or her attorneys make reasonable attempts to notify any unknown class members. These notifications can be done through television, magazine, newspaper or posted fliers.
Wage and hour violations
Class actions dealing with wage and hour violations may be “opt-in” cases. This means you must choose to participate in the lawsuit. Information on how to do so will also be available in the lawsuit notice.
Employers that violate labor laws, such as refusing to pay overtime, are often at-risk for being sued by a group of employees. A class action lawsuit allows a group of workers who suffered similar harm to pursue their claims under a single action in court. The lawsuits typically allege that employers violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
How to Choose a Class Action Lawyer
If you know that a group of people has shared similar damages you, you might want to consider filing a class action lawsuit. Having the right class action lawyer from an experienced class action law firm on your side can make all of the difference in the world.
One of the most overlooked aspects of choosing a like-minded attorney. It is important to find a lawyer that is ready to meet your needs and the needs of the lawsuit. You should ask yourself:
- Do I get along with the attorney?
- Does my attorney answer my questions in a way I understand?
- Is my attorney reasonably accessible?
- Does my attorney communicate?
- Am I comfortable telling my attorney the intimate details of my story?
While this is a short list, you know what you need to have a good working relationship with your attorney.
Money is a key part of the attorney-client relationship. That’s why when you sit down with an attorney they should be upfront about their fees. Here at The Carlson Law Firm, we work on a contingency fee. This means that your class action lawyer will not get paid unless your class action is successful.
Experience in Class Action Lawsuits
When you hire a class action lawyer, it is imperative that your attorney has extensive experience and training. Class action lawsuits require expertise that includes filing the appropriate paperwork, pleading, proving the class exists, choosing the best members to represent the class and much more.
The ideal class action lawyer will have tried a number of class action lawsuits. More importantly, you’ll want a class action lawyer who is an expert in pursuing lawsuits in your complaint’s specific area. The Carlson Law Firm has the bandwidth to handle even the most complex class action lawsuits. As a class action law firm, we have attorneys, private investigators, and nurses ready to investigate your claim. Contact us for a free case evaluation.
What is the difference in Class Action and Mass Torts?
A class action is a legal action where there is a lawsuit filed on behalf of a group of people who have suffered through similar injuries and damages from the same unfortunate circumstances. This is to avoid several court cases about the same problem. A court decides each settlement as a whole for each degree of injury in the class.
Mass torts lawsuits typically have a broader range of claim types. This makes it difficult to fit several individuals into a single class. In these cases, our Texas Mass Torts Attorneys represent several injured parties in individual cases under a single court. A court decides each settlement on a case-to-case basis.
To illustrate, class action cases are when everybody involved in the suit has the same harm. One solution such as a coupon or a $10 discount can resolve or make right everyone’s issue. On the other hand, mass torts cases are more individualized because everyone involved has varying degrees of harm.
The Carlson Law Firm is the Right Class Action Law Firm for You
Class action lawsuits are complex. As a result, you should seek legal guidance from only a qualified class action lawyer. The Carlson Law Firm has more than 40 years of experience representing victims of personal injury. As a class action law firm, we have represented clients for some of the biggest company betrayals.
Corporations and their insurers employ expert lawyers to help them avoid responsibility and limit payments. Because of these actions, you need an experienced hard hitting class action law firm on your side.
Over the years, we have been able to recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.
What are you waiting for? Fight for the justice and compensation you deserve by contacting our office today! For your convenience, we represent clients across the country and are available 24/7. Hablamos su idioma.