St. Louis Class Action Lawsuit Attorney
When severe negligence on the part of a business or other entity impacts you alone, it can cause enough trauma. You may find yourself struggling to deal with the aftermath, including severe injuries that may affect you for the rest of your life.
Discovering that the negligence of that business or entity has also hurt many others, on the other hand, can leave you with even more challenges. A St. Louis class-action lawsuit attorney can help you obtain results from the entity that caused your injuries and made it easier for everyone involved to seek justice. If you believe that you have grounds for a class-action lawsuit, contact Bruning Law Firm today at (618) 212-0053.
What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
In a class-action lawsuit, a large group of people files a claim against a party that caused serious injury, rather than each person filing an individual claim. Class action lawsuits typically involve defective products, from medical devices to home use products that ended in severe injuries.
The Key Difference Between Class Action Lawsuits and Personal Injury Claims
In a class-action lawsuit, one lawsuit represents the entire entity, rather than each injured party filing a claim alone. Generally, if you have a personalized problem, you will file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. On the other hand, if your claim involves a widespread problem suffered by multiple people, a class action lawsuit can help each impacted party seek necessary compensation for those injuries.
In a class-action lawsuit, one plaintiff represents all the people who have sustained similar injuries because of the liable party’s negligence. Usually, the plaintiff has the same general injuries as other clients, often stemming from the same problem or type of problem.
1. The class-action lawsuit usually contains clear defining boundaries that determine who can join that class.
To participate in a class-action lawsuit, you will need to show that you fit into that class. Suppose, for example, that you discover that a class action lawsuit exists against the company that manufactured your hip replacement. Plaintiffs included in the case may include those who received a particular type of hip replacement within a specific time frame who have suffered specific problems.
If you received that specific hip replacement as part of your procedure, but do not have any of those problems, you may not have grounds to participate in the class-action lawsuit. On the other hand, if you go to your doctor for evaluation and discover that you do have those problems, you may have grounds to participate in the lawsuit.
2. A judge must certify the class involved in the lawsuit.
A judge will evaluate the class defined by the lawsuit and determine whether it should count as a single class, usually based on the size of the group. If a large group of people has suffered similar injuries because of using a product, the judge may be more likely to certify the class than if it includes only a small number of people.
3. A class-action lawsuit usually involves a common set of factors that led to serious injury.
These common factors help establish the grounds for a class-action lawsuit, rather than each entity who suffered injury needing to file a personal injury claim on their own.
Should You File a Class Action Lawsuit or a Personal Injury Claim?
Generally, if you fit into the class defined by a class-action lawsuit, you will need to participate in a class-action lawsuit, rather than filing a personal injury claim on your own. If a class-action lawsuit does not exist, on the other hand, you may file a personal injury claim based on your specific injuries. Consult the attorneys at Bruning Law Firm to help determine whether you should participate in a class-action lawsuit. You may want to consider several key factors.
Which strategy will best help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries?
Often, a class-action lawsuit will assign specific damages to the members of the class based on the injuries they have sustained. Instead of breaking down specific costs, which may vary from one person to the next, a class action lawsuit may assign a lump amount to all members. Your specific expenses may not look like the expenses sustained by others involved in the class-action lawsuit, even if you sustained relatively similar injuries.
It may take longer to settle a class-action lawsuit than a personal injury claim.
A class-action lawsuit may need to allow time, not only for your attorney to investigate the claim, but for your attorney to find others who may participate. The negotiation may also take longer, since the company might fight harder to minimize the compensation it has to pay out as much as possible.
Bruning Law Firm: St. Louis Class Action Lawsuit Attorneys
At Bruning Law Firm, we have successfully helped manage many lawsuits, including class-action lawsuits against large companies. For example, we helped manage a claim in which a cleaner was overcharging on its fees, resulting in considerable compensation for our clients.
When we work on class action lawsuits, we offer many advantages.
We help identify the full compensation deserved by members of the class.
Many of the members of your class, all of whom may have sustained severe injuries, may have little idea how much compensation they actually deserve for those injuries. At Bruning Law Firm, we help break down the compensation you should pursue for the injuries you sustained, including the financial losses you may have faced because of your injuries.
We put together a compelling argument that helps show why the liable party should pay for those injuries.
Dealing with a class-action lawsuit can prove incredibly complex and time-consuming, particularly as you wrestle with the liable party and why that party should accept the blame for the accident. At Bruning Law Firm, we help put together a compelling argument that will establish how the liable entity violated its duty of care to you and the rest of your class and why you deserve compensation for the injuries you sustained. By presenting the claim properly, we can help make it easier for everyone in the class to get the compensation they deserve.
We help clearly define the class and actively seek out other members who may deserve compensation.
Finding the right people to participate in a class-action lawsuit can be an incredibly important part of the process. You want to make sure that you bring in as many members as possible, but at the same time, you want to identify a clear class that will define who needs compensation and why—making it more difficult to dispute the compensation you deserve. We will help clearly define the class involved in the lawsuit and the damages you sustained due to your use of a specific product.
We help make sure that you understand all your rights as you move forward with a class action claim.
You may encounter difficulties along the way as you move toward the resolution of a class-action lawsuit. At Bruning Law Firm, we will make sure you understand your rights, and we can answer any questions you might have about the class action lawsuit process.
What Compensation Can You Recover in a St. Louis Class Action Lawsuit?
Compensation in a class action lawsuit will depend on a variety of factors. Keep in mind several key facts about dealing with class-action lawsuits.
1. The judge will take a look at a single plaintiff and use that plaintiff’s injuries, medical bills, and other losses to establish the baseline for the entire claim.
In a class-action lawsuit, the judge will use a single example of the injuries that the plaintiffs have sustained to determine what compensation the entire class deserves. In general, a class-action lawsuit will include damages based on:
Average medical bills. The judge will look at the example plaintiff’s injuries and what medical bills they led to. Suppose, for example, that a product has a history of causing traumatic brain injury in its users. Unlike a personal injury claim, a judge will not look at every plaintiff’s medical bills. Instead, the judge will examine the average medical bills faced by every member of the claim, then base compensation accordingly.
Medical bills may include all medical expenses related to the accident and to those injuries, including emergency medical care, hospitalization, and ongoing procedures to treat those injuries. If you required specialized medical care because of your injuries, or you suffered more complications than the averag” plaintiff used to represent the class, you may not receive additional compensation for those costs. Burn victims, for example, may suffer a high rate of complications, but those complications often depend on individual factors, rather than victims experiencing the same symptoms across the board.
Potential compensation for lost wages. Some injuries naturally cause people to lose time at work. Often, that can mean substantial lost income during an incredibly trying and traumatic time. During a class-action lawsuit, the judge will look at your approximate time lost at work and assign a specific amount of compensation to those losses. Those calculations will not include individual calculations for every member of the class, but may assign a general amount for lost wages. If you lost less time at work—for example, if your employer chose to work with you to get you back to work as quickly as possible, or allowed you to continue working from home while you recovered from your injuries—you may receive the same compensation as others in the class action suit. On the other hand, if you face higher lost wages due to a higher-paying job or a longer stay at home after your injuries, you may still receive the same compensation as others.
Compensation for the long-term impacts of the injuries you sustained, including pain and suffering. Many lawsuits, including class action lawsuits, will include a request for compensation for the victims’ pain and suffering. In a class-action lawsuit, that amount will generally reflect a percentage of your medical bills. You will not need to tell your personal story or to personally explain the suffering you may have expressed as part of the claim.
2. The judge will determine how to distribute the funds associated with a class action claim.
Usually, a class action claim will involve specific compensation paid out to each member of the lawsuit. If most of the members of the class sustained similar injuries, it may involve only a basic, percentage-based calculation. On the other hand, some class-action lawsuits may involve more complex breakdowns based on the type and severity of injuries sustained.
3. You may not receive as much compensation as part of a class-action lawsuit as you would if you filed an individual personal injury claim.
Often, a class-action lawsuit will not offer the best possible outcome for many individual members of the lawsuit. You may not receive as much compensation as you would if you filed a personal injury claim, particularly if the company must stretch its resources to compensate the victims of that accident. However, it can make hiring an attorney more cost-effective and can reduce much of the stress associated with the claim. If you fit into the class described by a class-action lawsuit, you may no longer have a choice about filing a personal injury claim.
Contact Bruning Law Firm to Learn More About Grounds for a Class Action Lawsuit
Do you believe you may have grounds for a class action lawsuit based on the injuries you sustained due to the negligence of another party? Bruning Law Firm can help. Contact us today at (314) 735-8100.
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