Deerfield Beach Class Action Lawyer
Florida Attorney Serving Clients in Class Action Lawsuits in Deerfield Beach
When you have been involved in an accident or sustained serious injuries because of another party’s carelessness or negligence, it can be difficult to even think about contacting a lawyer to learn about your options for compensation. For some people in this position, however, they may learn that there are other individuals who have suffered the same types of harm due to the same party’s harmful or reckless actions. In other words, the injury victim is not alone, but instead is part of a group of people who have suffered similar injuries. It may be possible to file a class action claim or to join a class.
Class action claims are complicated, and they can arise out of a wide variety of legal harms. For instance, a class action lawsuit may occur after many people suffer physical injuries because of a defective product. At the same time, class action claims can arise out of a common financial injury suffered by a group of consumers. If you have questions about filing a lawsuit and want to know if you may be eligible for a class action, you should speak with a Deerfield Beach class action lawyer about your case.
What is a Deerfield Beach Class Action Lawsuit?
What is a class action lawsuit? According to the Cornell Legal Information Institute (LII), a class action is a “procedural device that permits one or more plaintiffs to file and prosecute a lawsuit in behalf of a larger group, or a ‘class.’” In addition, class actions allow courts “to manage lawsuits that would otherwise be unmanageable if each class member (individuals who have suffered the same wrong at the hands of the defendant) were required to be joined in the lawsuit as a named plaintiff.” In other words, through a class action claim, one plaintiff or a small group of plaintiffs becomes the representative for all of the members of the class, and the outcome of their case legally binds the whole class.
Class action lawsuits are governed by Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which clarifies that the following are prerequisites for a class action:
- Class (number of people affected) is so large that is would not be practical to join all of those people in a single lawsuit;
- All members of class are dealing with a common question of law or fact;
- Claims of the representative parties are typical of those of the whole class; and
- Representative parties will fairly and adequately protect the interests of all members of the class.
There is no required number of people to form a class action, and many successful class action lawsuits have a wide range of class sizes.
Common Accidents and Injuries Resulting in Class Action Claims
What types of injuries often result in class actions? The following are issues that frequently lead to class action claims:
- Defective consumer products, such as auto parts, that caused injuries to many people;
- Environmental hazards that caused harm to many homeowners or member of a community;
- Patients who suffered serious injuries after taking a dangerous drug or receiving a defective medical device;
- Employees who have been subject to employment discrimination by the same employer; and
- Consumer fraud in general, such as illegal fees from online companies or other violations of consumer protection laws.
Contact a Deerfield Beach Class Action Lawyer
Do you have questions or concerns about whether your injury could make you eligible for a class action? Are you wondering about joining an ongoing class action claim? An experienced Deerfield Beach class action attorney can answer your questions today. Contact the Leifer Law Firm for more information about how we assist clients in Florida with class action lawsuits.