Fort Worth Class Action Lawsuits Attorney
When an individual suffers an injury or any other sort of harm due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, he or she has the right to engage in civil litigation aimed at recovering compensation for the losses associated with the incident. In most cases, this type of litigation takes the form of a personal injury lawsuit involving direct representation in court, but in certain circumstances, it may be appropriate for a large group of people who have all suffered a common injury to file suit under shared representation. This form of “group” litigation is commonly known as a class action lawsuit.
Class action lawsuits are often broad in scope and involve enormous amounts of damages, and they can be filed in state or federal courts depending on the elements of the case. After establishing a group of individuals that have suffered a common injury, or “class,” a plaintiff files a complaint and a motion to have the class certified. Once this certification is completed, the lawsuit can move forward for the entire group.
Characteristics of a Class Action Lawsuit
Although class action suits may seem overwhelming, a knowledgeable lawyer from the Woodson Law Firm can help guide you through the process of pursuing compensation in a large lawsuit. In order for a class action lawsuit to move forward, the case must display all of the following characteristics:
- Commonality – the entire class must share one or more legal claims
- Adequacy – the party seeking to represent the class must be adequately protecting their interests
- Numerosity – the scope of the case must be so extensive that individual lawsuits are impractical
- Typicality – all claims must be typical of plaintiffs and all defenses must be typical of defendants
These types of claims are beneficial in a number of situations, but they typically involve action against a business that has created a defective product which has harmed consumers. Defective or dangerous cars, drugs, medical devices, and food products are all common examples of class action lawsuits.
At the Woodson Law Firm, our legal team is committed to helping personal injury victims, regardless of the scale of their cases, to recover full and fair compensation for their expenses and losses. If you have been injured by a defective product which has affected a large number of people, you may be able to participate in a class action lawsuit against the responsible party, allowing you to more easily recover from your ordeal. To learn more about your rights and legal options from an experienced attorney, contact our offices today at (817) 338-0303.