Most of the time, life is good. Our lives run smoothly. But, every now and again, things go wrong.
Sadly, sometimes we end up suffering because someone does not do their job properly. Often, in those situations, a lawyer can help you to sort things out. They will do everything they can to secure compensation for you. But, for them to be able to do that, you need to have a reasonably strong case.
However, if you do not have much evidence available, all is not always lost. Sometimes you can join up with other people and sue for damages that way. If you are asking yourself can I join a class action lawsuit? Or how do class action suits work? We have the answers to those questions, and more, in this article.
How do class actions work?
As we briefly noted above, class actions are when a group of people come together to pursue a case. Usually, a few of the litigant’s cases are fully prepared and used to go through the lawsuit process. These are the lead or primary litigants. When successful, everyone involved is paid. If previously agreed, the primary litigants may take a larger percentage of any payout.
On occasion, lawyers will work on these cases under a no-win-no-fee basis. You can find out what that means here.
Why class actions are potentially so effective
In some situations, for litigants who have had a similar negative experience clubbing together can be very beneficial. The fact that there are so many people involved tends to make for a stronger case. Mostly because there is a bigger body of evidence for the lawyer to work with.
This can make it easier for them to build a viable case. Plus, if 20 people have suffered a similar problem, it is far harder for the other party to deny outright that there is an issue.
Can I join a class action?
Provided there are other people who have had a very similar problem to you, involving the same company or organization, there is the potential for you to join a class action. However, the lawyer who is handling the case will ultimately decide whether you qualify to join or not. They are bound by ethics to only allow you to do so if you are a very good fit.
Can I start a class action?
It is also possible to start your own class action. To do this, you need to first speak to a lawyer. Ideally, one that has experience of handling cases like yours. For example, if your case relates to a medical product or device, you will probably need a medical negligence lawyer.
Their experience will be much more relevant to your case than say a car accident lawyer would be. Generally speaking, the more relevant their experience is the better chance they have of successfully assessing your case.
Once you have established that there is a case to answer, you can ask them about starting a class action. They will then provide guidance on this matter. You could also read through this article, to find out more. But it is wise not to attempt to start a class action without the support of a legal professional.