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What Is A Class Action Lawsuit

October 6, 2015

Class-action lawsuits are lawsuits that take place when a group of people want to sue a defendant. For instance, if seven different people were injured by a drug that was incorrectly mixed, they could pursue a class-action lawsuit against the company.

The lawsuit heads to court and at that point, anyone who may have been affected by the injuries and case itself may be contacted. Then, those people are asked if they want to opt into the case or out out of it.

The reason class-action lawsuits are beneficial is because they take mass action. This means that instead of having 30 different lawsuits that take up the court’s time, only one will go through and affect all the people who have joined it. If the plaintiff, which would be you in a personal injury case, wins, then the defendant will be made liable for the injuries you’ve suffered. At that point, everyone who was affected will divide the recovery compensation provided to care for the injuries.

How will your compensation be delivered to you? A plan of distribution is normally devised. This plan shows how the money won will be distributed among those in the case. How much money the attorney will receive and how much litigation costs will also be included, so everyone privy to the information can see a dollar amount for their award. It’s possible that you will receive an equally distributed amount, but it’s also possible that your attorney can fight for your individual case to receive compensation in the amount you deserve personally.

Source: FindLaw, “Class Action Cases,” accessed Oct. 06, 2015

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