Within the legal system, there are a lot of different ways in which you can bring a lawsuit against an offending party to compensate you for the harms and losses you’ve suffered.
You can bring a lawsuit by yourself or with others. When you file with others, you may be part of a class action or mass action lawsuit. You may be wondering about class action and mass action lawsuits and just how different can they be?
A class action lawsuit is a little bit more well-known. In this type of litigation, you are filing a lawsuit with many other people against the same party or company regarding similar type of injuries or damages. Basically, the offending party caused you all pretty much the same type of harm. The reason for everyone being grouped together is to facilitate the cases in a much more expedited manner instead of thousands of cases clogging the court system involving the same manner. You are not required to part of a mass action suit and can always file an individually on your own.
Mass action lawsuits may have just as many people but the cases are handled differently. The injuries can vary much more in these cases so that now everyone cannot fit in the same type of class against the same offending party. For example, if a drug manufacturer caused harm to thousands of patients but all of their injuries varied greatly this would be a mass action lawsuit. One or several attorneys handle multiple claimants at once and can pool resources throughout the entire litigation process.
Typically mass action lawsuits are significantly more complicated than class action ones. This is due to the many various forms of injuries and harms that all have to receive compensation by settlement or verdict. This can be hard to organize and follow through with each person’s damages dominating the entire litigation. You need an experienced attorney who can explain whether to file alone, as part of a class action or as part of a mass tort lawsuit and which option may benefit your specific needs.