Advertisements for class action lawsuits are common, but what do they mean? The attorneys at Martin & Jones in Raleigh have extensive experience handling class action claims ranging from defective products to employment law issues. We help consumers and employees in North Carolina and across the country pursue justice.
What Is A Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action lawsuit is a type of lawsuit where multiple parties bring a single lawsuit against an individual or entity to recover damages based on a common claim. In a class action, there is one named plaintiff who serves as a representative on behalf of the class. Class actions work well for individuals with product liability and employment law claims.
How Do I Know If My Case Qualifies As A Class Action?
If you have been injured by a defective drug, medical device or other product, talk to an attorney today. An attorney will be able to assist you in joining a class action if one exists or to help you form a class action.
To start a class action lawsuit, your case must be certified with the court. To obtain certification, you must be able to demonstrate:
- A number of people exist with a common grievance.
- The grievance is centered on a similar question of law or fact.
- The representative plaintiff is a typical representation of people with this grievance.
- The representative is able to adequately represent the interests of the class members who are not present.
What Are The Advantages Of A Class Action Lawsuit?
A benefit of a class action lawsuit is that it opens the door for many individuals to have their claims heard. Lawsuits are expensive, and most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. Firms may turn down certain individual claims because the cost of litigating the issue independently would be greater than any compensation they would receive if successful. By pooling the claims of multiple individuals, the cost of litigating is minimized, and individuals whose claims might otherwise not be heard are able to be heard.
Class action plaintiffs also benefit by having a greater chance of recovering compensation. If the entity they are suing had to defend against multiple lawsuits, it could run out of money before compensating everyone.
Finally, class actions are handled by experienced attorneys advocating before one judge, eliminating any problem with differing verdicts.
Schedule A Free Consultation With A Lawyer To Discuss Your Class Action Claim
At Martin & Jones, our lawyers have represented individuals from across the country on a variety of class action matters. If you believe you have a claim, schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. Call 919-821-0005 or toll free at 800-662-1234. You may also reach our law firm online.