You’re not the only person who owes a “duty of care” to others. Corporations also have the responsibility to act with the best interest of others in mind. This responsibility is not only upheld in the court of public opinion but also by state and federal laws.
If a corporation or similar institution opts to violate the duty of care it owes its employees or consumers, those injured parties have the right to take action. With that in mind, you and your peers can work with a Long Island, NY, class action attorney from Morelli Law Firm to fight back against a corporation’s alleged wrongdoings.
The Benefits of Filing a Class Action Lawsuit
If you want to accuse a corporation of negligence, you and a group of your peers can move to file a class action lawsuit. These lawsuits only require one complaint. That complaint – and subsequently, an affiliated attorney – can represent the interests of multiple plaintiffs.
Multiple plaintiffs can present evidence of harm, solidifying your assertions of liability. When your argument for financial support is strong, you’re more likely to receive the financial support you need to recover from your losses.
What’s more, everyone involved in a class action lawsuit benefits from your collective action. By working together, you’ll expedite the timeline on which you and your peers receive a verdict for your suffering. This way, no single party will be left waiting for years to pursue legal action while courts hear the cases that were filed first.
When to Prepare a Class Action Lawsuit
Consumer class action lawsuits can address a group’s personal injuries. However, there are other circumstances in which you may choose to pursue a lawsuit. For example, if you feel as though your civil rights have been breached, you may pursue a suit under that banner.
Other types of class action lawsuits include:
- Consumer fraud
- Data breaches
- Workers’ rights
- Product defects
If you want to pursue one of these suits or another with a group, you can approach an attorney for guidance. You can discuss your losses during an initial case consultation.
The Difference Between Multidistrict Litigation and Your Class Action Suit
If you and your peers do opt to pursue your cases individually, courts in New York may collectively refer to your losses as multidistrict litigation. Multidistrict litigation cases identify a universal liable party but allow the plaintiffs to pursue their own compensation with their own evidence.
Comparatively, class action lawsuits allow you and your peers to work as a unit. Your case time may be longer, considering the number of plaintiffs involved in the case. However, the decision reached in court regarding a party’s liability may allow all plaintiffs to receive the financial support they need (with the lead plaintiff receiving the greater percentage of that support).
Neither one of these cases is better than the other. Rather, our class action attorneys in Long Island can help you determine which suit best fits your case depending on your circumstances.
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What Damages to Request in a Class Action Lawsuit
Your class action complaint should detail the alleged economic value of the losses you endured. While some of these, such as your medical expenses, may be easy to estimate, others may not be as straightforward. With that in mind, you need to know what kind of losses to request compensation for before you file your initial complaint.
In most class action lawsuits, the plaintiffs have been able to request financial support based on their:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages or opportunities for work
- Loss of consortium
- Workplace or product-related injuries
- Injuries or medical expenses for which the liable party may be held accountable
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
- Funeral costs
Requesting Compensation via Settlement
When a court accepts your class action complaint, you’ll have the option to pursue a trial or enter into negotiations. If the corporation you want to hold accountable reaches out with a settlement offer, negotiations may help you and your peers get the financial support they need faster.
However, you may have to compromise if you request financial support through negotiations. Comparatively, trials allow a judge and jury to offer you compensation based on the evidence of liability you bring forward.
If you’re not sure which procedure may net you the financial assistance you need, talk to a Long Island class action attorney. You can estimate your ideal compensation during an initial case consultation. Afterward, you can determine which approach might earn you the damages closest to that number.
New York’s Class Action Lawsuit Statute of Limitations
To pursue a class action lawsuit against an entity in New York, you must abide by the state’s statute of limitations on class action cases. In general, you can refer to Civil Practice Law & Rules § 214. This statute gives you three years to gather information regarding your losses.
However, your statute of limitations may vary depending on the kind of class action you want to pursue. Communicate your interests with an attorney to determine what kind of timeline you’re working on. If you don’t file a complaint at all, both you and your peers waive your right to financial support.
Finally, remember that complaints do not result in arrests. In some cases, they may not even end in a trial. Rather, the goal of your complaint should be to fight for compensation based on your losses. You can work with our attorneys to determine whether you want that fight to take place in a courtroom or through scheduled negotiations.
Schedule a Class Action Case Consultation With Morelli Law Firm
Class action lawsuits allow you and your peers to stand up against larger institutions. No matter the extent of your collective injuries, our Long Island class action lawyers will help you make your voices heard.
If you’re concerned about your filing deadline or need help starting your complaint, our team can help. Schedule your class action case evaluation with Morelli Law Firm over the phone or through our online form.