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What is a class action suit?

When you are harmed by something, it is easy to only focus on your pain and suffering. However, it is likely that others have suffered the same harms in the same way. With regards to consumer goods, these travel throughout West Virginia and other state across the nation. This means that numerous consumers are purchasing the same products as you. And if that product is defective, this could result in countless consumers suffering serious injuries and damages.

When a product harms a consumer, it is possible to file a product's liability action. This civil claim helps to hold a negligent manufacturer accountable while also helping the harmed consumer recover compensation for their losses. When a product harms numerous consumers because of the same defect, it is possible for these victims to come together and file a class action lawsuit.

What is a class action suit? This is when a group of people who have suffered the same or similar injuries caused by the same product sue a manufacturer for their harms. When a defective product, such as pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, motor vehicles, household items and other consumer goods harm a large pool of people, a class action suit could effectively address the legal issues at hand.

Class actions have been used to address issues such as consumer fraud, corporate misconduct, securities fraud and other similar incidents. A class action is often appropriate when the harms suffered by individuals appear to be minor; however, when taken in conjunction with other victims, the harms are greater and provide legal redress.

If a defective product has harmed you, it is possible to take legal action by filing a products liability action. However, if your injuries alone do not seem enough to make a legal impact, it might be possible to join a class action suit if other have suffered similar harms.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Class Action Cases," accessed Dec. 31, 2017

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