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When a large group of people suffer the same injury or experience the same losses from the same cause, they may pursue compensation as a unified group. These cases are called class action lawsuits, or mass torts. Typically these cases revolve around defective products – like pharmaceuticals, cars and trucks, consumables, or medical devices. They can also involve cases like a group of investors losing a large amount of money due to a company’s fraudulent activity.

Class actions can involve hundreds or even thousands of people, as well as become incredibly complicated. With such a large volume of individuals, documentation, and evidence, you need a law firm both experienced with mass torts and with the resources to build a strong case against the negligent business or company.

At Barry, Barall & Spinella, LLC, our personal injury lawyers have the experience and the resources to help you secure compensation for your injuries and losses. There are many considerations to take into account before joining a class action suit. Call our firm today to consult with a Hartford or Manchester class action attorney.

What is a class action lawsuit?

Class action lawsuits serve a variety of purposes, the most important of which is banding citizens together to achieve justice against a large entity. These mass torts are advantageous when individual actions are impractical. For example, if your credit card company is charging an unfair annual $40 fee, it’s not realistic to proceed with an expensive and lengthy lawsuit to regain a small amount of money. However, if that fee is incurred by thousands of credit card customers, a mass tort is an efficient way to solve the issue for large groups of people at once.

Class action suits have a host of other benefits. They also:

  • Represent plaintiffs regardless of financial situation. You don’t have to pay anything to participate in a class action suit or mass tort. Our attorneys are paid only if they recover money. Individuals who usually lack the resources to file a personal injury case can prevail as part of a class action against a big company.
  • Solve legal issues effectively. As we mentioned earlier, it doesn’t make practical sense for thousands of people to file the same injury or loss claim as individuals. Not only is it inefficient, it’s also economically wasteful. A class action suit is a way to resolve everyone’s issues at the same time.
  • Prevent corporate misconduct. Mass torts and class actions can cost corporations millions of dollars, as well as permanently damage their reputations. Businesses and companies are less likely to behave negligently when they know they may be at risk for a class action.

It’s important to note that if you do participate in a class action lawsuit, you are barred from pursuing any individual legal action.

Should I join a class action suit or file an individual suit?

As with anything in life, a class action lawsuit can have its pros and cons. In some cases it may be beneficial to join a mass tort, and in some cases, it may be more advantageous to work with your attorney on a personal injury or individual action.

You may want to opt out of a class action lawsuit if you’ve suffered especially severe losses or injuries. In cases like these, you may need and deserve more compensation than the rest of the group. With class action lawsuits everyone generally receives the same settlement amount. To file a separate case, you must first opt out of the class action – our Hartford attorneys can easily guide you through this process.

Types of class action suits we handle

Class action suits and mass torts can be based on a wide variety of issues that affect a large group of people in the same way. Some of the types of claims we’ve handled include:

  • ADA violations
  • Consumer fraud
  • Consumer privacy violations
  • Data breaches
  • Dangerous drugs
  • Defective medical devices
  • Defective products
  • Employment conditions
  • Environmental disasters
  • Securities fraud

How do I become part of a Hartford class action suit?

A class action typically forms when there are too many plaintiffs taking action against one company to be named in one lawsuit. You may be eligible for a class action suit if you and a group of people were similarly harmed by the same company or entity. Perhaps you were all injured by the same product or suffered the same monetary loss. These types of cases are complicated, requiring a great amount of documentation, paperwork, and procedures. If you’re interested in beginning or joining a class action or mass tort, start by consulting with a qualified attorney.

What is a class period?

You may hear the phrase “class period” when discussing class action suits. This means the period during which the company conducted its fraudulent business or acted improperly. For example, if an auto manufacturer produced a defective part that injured hundreds of people between March 2016 and July 2017, those months are the class period.

How much might I receive from a class action suit?

Compensation from a mass tort or class action suit can vary widely. In some cases, claimants could receive thousands of dollars, but of course every action is unique. Another thing to keep in mind is that class actions can take some time to resolve – months or even a year. However, patience is key and our attorneys will always keep you apprised of the case’s progress.

Experienced Hartford class action lawyers

If you’ve suffered injury or losses due to a company’s improper or deceptive behavior, the mass tort attorneys at Barry, Barall & Spinella, LLC can help. Our knowledgeable class action attorneys have the tenacity and resources to take on the big corporations on your behalf. Call us today. We’re located minutes off I-384 in Manchester. To schedule a free consultation with one of our class action attorneys in Hartford or Manchester, please call 860-649-4400 or fill out our contact form.