Mesothelioma Class Action Lawsuit
For decades, class action lawsuits have been filed on the behalf of mesothelioma victims. They began surfacing in the 1960s and have since represented nearly one million people victimized by corporate negligence in asbestos usage. While class actions are advantageous in some ways, in other ways victims are better off filing a private lawsuit to protect their individual interests.
A class action is a claim that brings together a group of similarly injured victims in a joint complaint. Generally, to be part of a class action each person in the group must have been injured in a similar manner by a similar cause. In this case, it is workers or their families who came in contact with asbestos through companies that knew about the dangers but didn't inform employees about the risks. These companies include manufacturers, ship builders, the military, mining and construction, just to name a few.
One of the major disadvantages of a class action is that they typically do not provide financial settlements based on individual injuries. In other words, those partaking in a class action receive one lump sum of money and must divide the proceeds. Once attorney's fees and court costs are covered, the financial gain per person is typically not significant.
In the United States, the history of mesothelioma class action has not been altogether successful. In the 1990s alone, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected multiple attempts to convene class action mesothelioma suits, saying there were too many diverse interests and injuries.
Why private Lawsuits are Better
After hearing about the number of unsuccessful group claims, many injured asbestos victims prefer to file private lawsuits. They allow the victims to benefit from individualized attention from the attorneys and the court.
A private mesothelioma lawsuits allows not just for a potentially quicker settlements but also a larger ones. A private case is more apt to get greater attention and have individual circumstances taken into consideration. Because mesothelioma manifests in different ways in different people, each case will be treated based on distinct circumstances and likely settled quickly and before court proceedings.
Another advantage to seeking a private lawsuit is having direct contact with individual attorneys overseeing the case. In a large class action, there is likely to be more than one attorneys handling the case. In a private complaint, the attorney-client connection is key.
Free Assistance with Filing Mesothelioma Lawsuits
In seeking legal assistance for your mesothelioma case, it is important to find an attorney who won't just represent you well in court but is also well versed in the complexities of asbestos and mesothelioma litigation. It's a multifaceted topic with a lot of legal and financial ramifications. With such large financial settlements at stake, it's best to leave this one to the experts.
Because our expert legal team is not burdened by dozens of cases, your case won't be just another number. Part of our skill is in how we treat each client as an individual. Some law firms pile a dozen or more cases on each attorney. All of our attorneys have reduced caseloads; each only handle only seven cases at a time.
Our expert legal team won't just give you the individualized attention, but also will give you provide you with a free consultation to outline your case. Our experts operate on a contingency basis, which means that you don't pay a dime unless you are awarded compensation.