You have likely read about or seen commercials for class action lawsuits. However, understanding how they work and whether you may be eligible to join or start one is another matter entirely.

These lawsuits are a way to seek justice when corporations, large organizations, or other entities injure numerous people through their negligent actions. If you have questions about taking part in an existing claim or believe others may have suffered similar injuries, the class action lawyers at OnderLaw are here for you.

You should not have to navigate this challenging situation alone.

Our skilled attorneys draw on our decades of experience to provide insight into your circumstances and decide whether you have a viable case. We care about you and our community and are prepared to stand up to large corporations on your behalf. Let us help you pursue justice.

Understanding How a Class Action Lawsuit Works

Lawsuits can be complicated, and the terms used to describe them are often confusing. When it comes to personal injury, there are three main types of lawsuits that can happen: individual lawsuits, mass torts, and class action lawsuits.

An individual lawsuit is brought by a single injured person. A mass tort lawsuit involves multiple people bringing separate lawsuits against the same defendant.

The third type, class actions, combines many individual cases into a single case against a common defendant. These cases may involve as few as a dozen people, or they may include thousands.

There are no out-of-pocket, upfront costs for claimants in a class action lawsuit, as any lawyer fees would come directly from a final settlement amount awarded by the court.

What Justifies a Class Action Lawsuit?

The circumstances leading to an individual lawsuit and a class action lawsuit are often similar. For example, you might be injured by a defective consumer product, toxic exposure to a hazardous material, or a dangerous drug. A traditional lawsuit would limit the damages to your specific circumstances. However, a class action lawsuit can allow multiple people to pursue legal justice against the same party.

Even if you were injured by an organization or entity’s negligence, the extent of your injuries and damages might not justify the cost and time of pursuing a lawsuit alone. However, if other people were injured in similar situations, you can consolidate even a small claim as part of a successful class action case. This may also be the only way you can reasonably pursue compensation. Our attorneys can advise whether your situation might support joining or even starting a class action matter.

Financial Recovery in a Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit can allow financial recovery for those who may be unable to pursue compensation by filing a lawsuit alone. However, it is important to understand that any compensation award will be divided equitably rather than equally.

The lead claimant or claimants—people bringing the lawsuit—will generally receive the highest percentage of damages. This is usually because the individual or individuals leading the class action lawsuit have sustained the most severe injuries and damages of the group, and they take on the most risk and burden.

Dividing Funds in a Class Action Settlement

How the funds are divided between the remaining members of the class action will depend on numerous factors, including the number of individuals involved in the lawsuit and the extent of their specific injuries and damages. Typically, settlement funds would be disbursed in a single payment or a series of payments.

Determining whether to launch or join a class action lawsuit can be a complex decision. At OnderLaw, our experienced class action attorneys take the stress out of the process for you and your loved ones so that you can focus on healing. There are varying deadlines to get a class action started after an accident or incident, so call our firm today to get started.

Talk with a Class Action Attorney About Your Case

If you believe you are eligible to start a class action lawsuit or join a case that has already been launched, do not hesitate to reach out to our class action lawyers about your potential claim. The legal team at OnderLaw will review your situation and advise whether a class action is the best way to get the compensation you deserve.

We will leverage all the tools at our disposal to protect your future and uphold your best interests. Our firm is not afraid to fight for what is right. Call today to set up a confidential legal consultation with a member of our team.