When an individual is injured or suffers damages from a particular product, it is likely that others have suffered, too. This is particularly true for big brands and companies, from car manufacturers to toy brands. It makes little sense for a single person to engage in a costly lawsuit against a big company, when hundreds if not thousands of people have suffered in a similar way. This is where class action lawsuits come in.
Class action lawsuits can be brought about by any number of people who suffered in a similar way because of the negligence or recklessness of another product or company. This might be against a pharmaceutical company that produced a drug that had a dangerous effect, or vehicles that had a fault because of a design or manufacturing defect.
If you have been injured or negatively affected by a product that you purchased or were prescribed, it is very important that you take the time to understand how class action lawsuits work, and if there are any that already exist in relation to the damages that you suffered.
What does "opting in" mean in regard to class action lawsuits?
When a court makes a decision in regard to a class action lawsuit, everyone in the class that may be affected needs to be notified. This does not take place in person, but they will likely receive notice in writing. When individuals in a class action get a notification that the court has made a decision, they are able to decide whether they would like to opt in or opt out. Opting in means that the person will have to deal with the outcome, positive or negative, of that action.
Are class action lawsuits better than making an individual claim?
Class action lawsuits are a great way to efficiently make a claim in a situation where many other people have been affected. However, if your claim is a highly specific and personal one with high losses involved, you may want to make an individual claim.
It is important to take the time to consider whether your personal case is best dealt with in a class action lawsuit before taking action.