When a medical doctor, hospital policy, dangerous pharmaceutical or defective product causes harm to multiple patients, the case may be well-suited for a class action medical malpractice lawsuit. Based on 25 years of experience, the Guirl Law Firm considers whether you may benefit by filing as a class instead of as a sole plaintiff.
Filing your medical malpractice lawsuit as a class may have several advantages, including:
To initiate a class action, we must first obtain permission from the court to certify the plaintiffs as a class. For the court to issue certification, the cases must meet these prerequisites:
The court issues an order that certifies the class and defines membership, claims, issues and defenses. All reasonably identifiable members are notified regarding the nature of the action and given specific instructions about joining the class or requesting exclusion.
Whether to opt into or opt out of a class action lawsuit is an important decision. By joining the class, you agree to accept the actions taken by the appointed counsel and to be bound by the outcome of the lawsuit. You also waive your right to later file your own claim against the defendants. If you receive notice from the court about a class action, consult with the Guirl Law Firm about your rights. We can review the details of your claim and guide you in making the right choice.
To learn more about filing a medical malpractice class action claim, call the Guirl Law Firm on our 24-hour toll-free hotline 314-399-8051 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.