Class Action Lawsuit

Class action lawsuits involve a group of victims, rather than a single one. The group is represented by one or more claimants in a similar situation and with the same complaint. These were more common in the 1960s, when asbestos was first recognized by the general public as dangerous.

There have been several mesothelioma class action lawsuits across the country to date. They are usually filed against companies that displayed gross negligence against their employees and were more popular in the past.

While you may choose to be part of a class action lawsuit, we have found that most mesothelioma victims prefer to file an individual lawsuit.

Reasons why individual lawsuits are better than class action lawsuits

We can concentrate on the specifics of your unique situation. Class action lawsuits aren’t as popular as before because there are so many unique aspects to each case. Your case is so different from the next. Factors such as your condition, the amount of exposure you’ve had and the type of damages you’ve endured differentiate your case. This makes it difficult for the presiding judge to reach a reasonable verdict for you if you were part of a class action.

You get all of the attention focused on you. A class action lawsuit involves many victims, and each of their interests will need to be considered. The lawyer will then need to represent the interests of the group as a whole. That means you may not get as much attention as you should get to fully discuss your situation.

The time it takes to reach a verdict, or settlement, can be faster. A class action lawsuit can take a lot of time. The trial process is usually much longer because every victim needs to be examined, not just you. This may be particularly troubling if you or your loved one are in a critical situation, financially and/or physically, and don’t have much time to spare.

The amount of compensation you’ll receive may be higher. Even though some class action lawsuits have reached settlements totaling in the millions, the amount of compensation needs to be shared by each group member. In an individual lawsuit, the compensation is all yours.

I got my settlement letter on Wednesday. It’s a day I honestly never actually thought I would see. I wanted to sincerely thank you and your team for all of your hard work and time. I think it’s also important that you hear how much your work not only made a financial difference for my family to catch up from all of the medical expenses, but more importantly, that we don't have to worry about our financial future with my husband being gone. — Jen D.