5 FAQs about Class Actions Lawsuits in OhioNov 28, 2020 Class Actions
Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
If you are injured by a dangerous product or device, you might wonder how one person can prevail and recover compensation for what you’ve lost. After all, they are large organizations with powerful legal teams. How do you stand a chance. Often, the answer is with a class action lawsuit.
Holding large companies accountable can be intimidating. But at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our Ohio personal injury lawyers represent individuals, groups, and classes of all sizes to get the compensation they deserve. With more than 500 years of combined experience and a long history of fighting for injured Ohioans, we can help you understand your rights and successfully guide you through a class action.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the negligent or fraudulent actions of a large company, contact us at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free consultation.
Here are some of the most common questions people ask about class actions and recovering compensation.
1. What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action lawsuit is a legal action taken by multiple plaintiffs against one defendant for the same cause. It can involve hundreds or even thousands of plaintiffs like you who have been injured in some way by a defendant, who is the at-fault party.
A judge must approve, or certify, a class action, so it is important to file legal documents with specific wording to clearly explain what happened. You will need to detail how you were harmed and why you have a legitimate case against the defendant.
2. Why Should I Join a Class Action?
Lawsuits, especially those against large corporations, can be expensive and time consuming. By joining together with other plaintiffs, you can pool your resources and form a powerful force against the defendant.
Class actions often make companies look bad, so they may be more willing to offer an acceptable settlement after a class action is filed.
3. How Do I Join a Class Action?
You may have received a notification in the mail that there is a class action lawsuit against a company you worked for, purchased a product from, or used for services. If you think you were “harmed” by that company, you should contact a lawyer.
By “harmed,” we mean financially adversely affected in any way. This could include physical pain, medical bills, lost wages, fees you were forced to pay, money you spent buying a defective product, or any other out of pocket expense.
When you work with KNR, we will obtain information about the class action and submit a claim to get part of the settlement or judgment. However, we may also get involved in the negotiations to try to push the defendant to settle for more money.
After you contact us about a class action, you can be hands-off. We will handle the entire process and keep you updated. If we need any additional information from you, we will contact you.
4. How Long Does a Class Action Last?
All lawsuits take time to play out. This can be months or sometimes years. However, once you file a complaint (the formal document that starts the lawsuit), the defendant only has 28 days to answer it. Then, the discovery process begins. The discovery process can take a long time, but it allows both sides to find out information to support their cases.
We will continuously negotiate with the defendants to try to reduce the length of the class action and reach a fair settlement. If they refuse to offer enough money to cover your losses, then we will take them to court.
The trial itself can also vary based on the case. But once we get a resolution through a settlement or a court verdict, you will get paid. It can also take time to get paid through a class action. The defendant must make sure all injured parties have been included and given the option to join the party and take part in the case.
5. How Much Money Can I Get From a Class Action Lawsuit?
The amount of money you can recover in a class action lawsuit depends on the settlement or verdict and how many plaintiffs or parties make a claim. You will also have to pay court costs, expert fees, attorney costs, and other expenses out of the amount you recover from the defendant.
In 2015, KNR represented more than 1,000 clients against California-based Key Health Solutions, Inc in a class action lawsuit. KNR reached a multi-million dollar settlement in that case so that each of the clients was able to recover – the much needed compensation they deserved.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick is Here to Help
Class actions are different than typical lawsuits. Multiple parties must work together against powerful defendants. KNR knows how to manage a class action lawsuit, and have a record of helping injury victims in Ohio recover the compensation they are entitled to under the law. Let us use our experience and skill to determine your eligibility and properly advise you on the best way to move forward.
To schedule a free, no-risk consultation about a possible class action, call 1-800-HURT-NOW and review all your options.