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How Does A Class Action Lawsuit Work?

Imagine that you have just been injured by a product you own. It isn't long after suffering the injury that you learn others have also suffered injuries. Apparently the product has a history of causing injuries but the manufacturer has done little to remedy the issue.

If you are one of our more frequent readers then you know a situation such as this can be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. But because there are other people in this scenario also affected by the defective product, a case such as this could also be grounds for a class action lawsuit.

But what is a class action lawsuit and how does it work? Let's take a look.

As you may or may not know, a class action is a type of civil lawsuit that allows multiple parties to sue for damages provided their claims are all based on the same legal grounds. In the case of the scenario we presented above, class action plaintiffs would likely sue over the fact that they all suffered injuries after using the same product. The civil lawsuit would seek to recover damages, such as medical costs and other compensatory damages.

Perhaps the most well know, products liability cases are not the only times in which a class action may be filed. As How Stuff Works points out, a class action may be filed for instances in which stockholders lost money because of a business' illicit practices or in cases where business owners lost revenue because of an environmental disaster.

Though class actions must be based on the same legal grounds, each plaintiff has likely been affected differently than the others who have been included in a class action. By obtaining legal counsel, class action participants can ensure that everyone's best interests are being met and that fair compensation is being sought.

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