Auto Defect Class Action Lawyers
Auto defect and tire defect cases are a significant part of the personal injury practice at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP. We’ve proven our ability to tackle these complex cases time and again.
Our firm has secured more million-dollar verdicts and settlements for injured clients than any other law firm in California. We have been named the “#1 personal injury law firm in California” by Best Lawyers in America and a Top Tier national firm in Products Liability by US News and World Reports/ Best Lawyers for our work on behalf of injured people and families who have lost a loved one.
One of our attorneys, Christine Spagnoli, was an integral member of the trial team that secured one of the largest class action product liability verdicts in U.S. history — a $4.9 billion verdict in a defective fuel system case.
When you need experienced legal help, contact a California defective car attorney at our Los Angeles office.
What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
When a number of people are injured by the same defective product, it can be more effective to bring a case for all of the claimants at the same time. Suing as a “class” or group allows for the consolidation of attorneys, evidence, and witnesses. Class action lawsuits usually involve extensive research, much more than a typical individual lawsuit.
Why an Individual Lawsuit May be Better
The vast majority of auto defect and tire defect cases do not ultimately become class action lawsuits, but instead are filed as individual lawsuits. Here’s why.
In a class action lawsuit, the facts of one specific case may be used to highlight the particular defect for all other cases, even if the specifics of your particular case might be somewhat different. If the named representative loses their case, everyone else in the group loses as well. Furthermore, everyone in the class may be barred from ever filing an individual lawsuit against the same company. After reviewing the facts of your specific case, your attorney may believe it is in your best interest to bring your case to court as an individual plaintiff.
In some cases, there are simply not enough people who have suffered injuries from the same type of auto defect to justify a class action lawsuit, so a lawyer may bring a “multi-district mass tort” case or an individual case rather than a class action case.
Finally, the compensation received in a class action lawsuit is divided among all the members of the group, as well as their attorneys. It may actually be more beneficial to you to file your case separately. You mayrecover more compensation.
You can count on your Greene Broillet & Wheeler injury attorney to review the facts of your case and to advise you on the best course of action for your specific situation. We have handled many hundreds of personal injury cases and we understand what makes an effective case and whether a class action or a separate tort action will be the best option.
Contact Greene Broillet & Wheeler at our Los Angeles office to discuss your case. We represent clients in the Los Angeles area, throughout Southern California, the state and the nation.