When someone files a class action lawsuit, it is important to consider whether or not you should participate in the case. If you have suffered a significant financial loss, it is usually best to pursue your own individual case rather than joining the class action. However, if the claim is small and the expected compensation is minimal, it may be more beneficial to join the group. Additionally, class action lawsuits can be beneficial in keeping products safer for everyone.
When looking for a lawyer to file a class action lawsuit, it is important to find one who specializes in personal injury cases. The lawyer's fees are typically deducted from the settlement or court award if the lawsuit is successful. It is also important to note that if the class action lawsuit was filed within two years of the incident, you may not be able to file your own lawsuit if you discovered the defect more than two years ago. Class action lawsuits can take longer than individual lawsuits due to their complexity.
If you were harmed more than the average class member but do not want to spend time and money on an attorney, you may want to stay in the class action. However, if you choose to exclude yourself from the class action, you will not be eligible for any settlement.