A class action, class suit, or representative action is a type of lawsuit where one of the parties is a group of people who are represented collectively by a member of that group. The class action originated in the United States and is still predominantly a U.S. phenomenon, but Canada, as well as several European countries with civil law have made changes in recent years to allow consumer organizations to bring claims on behalf of consumers.
A mass tort is a civil action involving numerous plaintiffs against one or a few defendants in state or federal court. The lawsuits arise out of the defendants causing numerous injuries through the same or similar act of harm, for example, a prescription drug, a medical device, a defective product, a train accident, a plane crash, pollution, or a construction disaster.
Personal injury cases represent the most common type of lawsuits filed in United States federal district courts, representing 25.5 percent of cases filed in 2015.Personal injury claims represent a considerably smaller percentage of cases filed in state courts. For example, in Illinois, tort claims represent approximately 7% of the civil docket.
Criminal Litigation is the process of going to trial in a criminal court to either prosecute or defend oneself in a criminal matter. The Due Process clause of the United States Constitution specifically states that individuals “may not be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.”
We provide client-centered, one-on-one service directly from the lead attorney who will handle your case and work to make the process as bearable as possible. Our goal is to help you find a peaceful, efficient and workable solution, but when this isn’t possible, we are ready to fight for your rights and those of your children.
In a workers’ compensation case, any employee injured on the job is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, with some very limited exceptions. Workers’ compensation has nothing to do with fault. You do not need to prove that your employer or your co-workers did anything wrong in order for you to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Even if you were negligent, and your negligence caused your injury, you are still entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.