When large corporations fail to uphold their legal obligation to keep their consumers safe when using their products as intended, consumers can suffer catastrophic and life-threatening injury and illness. To ensure each victim can recover the compensation they deserve, sometimes, pursuing a class action lawsuit may be more appropriate than a personal injury claim.
Our experienced Florida class action lawsuit attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson are here to help you get the most out of your case. Find out what your next steps should be when you contact our office for a free consultation today.
Our Class Action Lawsuit Attorneys Have a Track Record of Success
$100 Million Recovery for Grave Desecration
Our class action team achieved a $100 million settlement from Service Corporation International (SCI), a national funeral company, and its subsidiary, Menorah Gardens Cemetery. The case alleged that the companies buried families in the wrong graves, and the company agreed to compensate for the families’ grievances and provide in-kind services. Partner Julie Braman Kane managed the personal relationships with the more than 15,000 class members.
It may seem that there are few consequences for the misconduct of large companies. Some businesses fill the environment with toxins, manufacture dangerous drugs, produce faulty products, and possibly put the lives of people at risk with their negligent behavior. These actions are harmful and deserve punishment.
Fortunately, class action lawsuits are a proven way to hold even the largest companies accountable for the damages they cause. If you have suffered any harm due to a company’s misconduct, failure to perform their duties, or unethical practices, the Florida class action lawsuit attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson can help you. The lawyers at Colson Hicks Eidson use their knowledge and experience to develop the best litigation strategies, to identify potential claims as well as seek class-action certification for nationwide clients and claims.
What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
A class-action lawsuit permits one or more plaintiffs to file a lawsuit on behalf of a larger group known as the “class.” Individuals who have suffered the same wrong at the hands of the same defendant can receive compensation or other benefits without being named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
A class-action lawsuit can start off with claims filed by just one person or a few people, and if those claims are later certified as a class others may be included in the resulting settlement or judgment.
A class-action lawsuit allows people who have suffered harms that might not otherwise be large enough to bring an individual lawsuit to bring a class-action suit against multi-million-dollar companies when they otherwise would not be able to seek proper remedy for their damages.
If a settlement is reached and approved by a court, the settlement amount may be distributed to class members. In a class action, there may be only a single lawsuit filed on behalf of a larger group that has suffered comparable damages as a result of the defendant’s behavior.
Is a Class Action Lawsuit Right for Me?
Class action lawsuits can be more efficient than having individual plaintiffs going to trial. Not only can they be efficient, but they can also be cost-effective. The cost of prosecuting the lawsuit does not have to be carried by an individual plaintiff but can be recovered if the case is successful from the wrongdoer.
And, if the case is successful, the attorneys’ fees may be deducted from the recoveries. Class action lawsuits can be very beneficial for groups where the individuals’ damages are minor, but as a group, the amount aggregated may be quite large across the entire class.
Types of Class Action Lawsuits in Florida
Class action lawsuits can take many forms when large groups of people are injured by the same type of product or conduct of a company. There are generally four types of class action lawsuits as follows:
- Consumer class action lawsuits – Here, consumers may be injured by a company’s illegal business practices such as unlawful debt collection, illegal account charges, or failure to comply with consumer protection rules and regulations.
- Deceptive or unfair trade practice class action lawsuits – These lawsuits involve businesses that engage customers in an illegal way such as through bait and switch representations or false advertising.
- Employment class action lawsuits – When employees of a company are subjected to employment law violations such as harassment, unpaid overtime, discrimination, or failure to provide necessary breaks they can file or join an employment class action lawsuit.
- Product liability class action lawsuits – These involve personal injury class action lawsuits brought forward by injury victims of defective products or dangerous drugs.
What Damages Can You Recover In a Florida Class Action Lawsuit?
In class action lawsuits, the compensation awarded is distributed in proportion to the Injury victims and their damages. Your attorney will need to closely evaluate your case to ensure every loss is taken into consideration when calculating the value of your claim.
That way, when the liable party is ordered to compensate victims through the class action lawsuit, the judge will have an idea of how much each individual victim’s case is worth. With that in mind, some of the more common damages you can seek to recover in your Florida class action lawsuit include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost income
- Loss of future potential earnings
- Diminished quality of life
- Property damages
- Medical expenses
- Loss of companionship and love
- Skin scarring and disfigurement
- Reputational damages
- Loss of household services
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Attorney For a Class Action Lawsuit in Florida?
If the thought of hiring a lawyer for your Florida class action lawsuit is holding you back from reaching out to an attorney for help, you will be relieved to learn that many Florida class action lawsuit attorneys will be willing to work with you on contingency. This means you will not be expected to pay any out-of-pocket expenses.
Your attorney will cover every cost associated with bringing your case forward. You will only be expected to compensate your lawyer for an agreed-upon percentage of your financial recovery if we produce a favorable outcome in your case.
Contact a Class Action Lawsuit Attorney in Florida for Help Today
A class-action lawsuit could be in your best interest. It is always beneficial to contact an attorney to discuss your legal remedies when injured. If you believe you should be a member of a class-action lawsuit, speak with an experienced Florida class action lawsuit attorney today. The lawyers at Colson Hicks and Eidson have secured hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
We work diligently to address everyone’s interests and to seek proper compensation that is fair for every class member. If you have experienced a defective product, unfair business practice, or other wrongdoing at the hands of a company, our Florida class action attorneys of Colson Hicks Eidson may be able to assist you. Call now at 305-476-7400 or fill out our quick contact form to schedule a free consultation with a class action lawsuit attorney today.