If a large corporation or public entity allows a dangerous product to reach the market or fails to uphold a duty of care they owe to customers or constituents, it is not uncommon for hundreds or even thousands of people to suffer injuries and losses that could have been prevented with proper care. Fortunately, Ontario law allows you to band together with other individuals in similar circumstances and pursue restitution together in civil court. By working with a Collingwood class action lawyer, you may be able to significantly increase your chances of holding a negligent party accountable and recovering compensation for the damages they caused you.
Class action lawsuits proceed the same way as other civil claims. You must file a suit against a defendant and seek financial compensation for harm caused by the defendant’s negligence. The key difference in a class action suit is that the case does not involve just one plaintiff, but rather an entire “class” of plaintiffs who were harmed by the same defendant in similar or identical ways.
Class action suits are typically warranted when a large entity such as a pharmaceutical company, government agency, or nursing home engages in reckless, careless, or intentional misconduct that causes injuries to multiple people in separate incidents. For example, if a drug manufacturer releases a medication onto the market that has undisclosed side effects, every patient who is impacted by those side effects may have grounds to retain a lawyer and join a class action lawsuit against that manufacturer.
The role of a lawyer in a class action suit can vary depending on the circumstances of the case. For instance, while each case in a class action lawsuit bears equal importance, the representative plaintiff is the one who actually pursues the case on behalf of all other class members and assumes financial liability if it is unsuccessful. For this reason, seeking assistance from a seasoned Collingwood lawyer may be especially crucial in successfully pursuing a class action lawsuit.
Additionally, if you want to join a class action lawsuit, our elite trial lawyers can help determine whether you are eligible to recover through a particular class action claim. We could also help you negotiate for compensation based on individual issues you have which are not applicable to the class as a whole.
It’s worth noting that one of the main benefits of class action litigation is that attorneys’ fees are usually paid on a contingency basis, which means that lawyers representing individual class members would only receive payment if the case ends with a settlement or a favorable court verdict. Therefore, it is almost always a good idea to speak with legal counsel before starting or joining a class action suit, regardless of the circumstances.
Filing suit against a negligent party who harmed you can be difficult enough, but when numerous plaintiffs have grounds to file suit against a single defendant, individual civil lawsuits are rarely the best course of action. If you find yourself in this kind of situation, pursuing class action litigation against the party liable for your losses may be in your best interests.
Speak with a Collingwood class action lawyer about your legal options. Call Rastin Law today to set up your initial consultation.