Group and Class Action Compensation Claims Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee
It is possible to raise multi-party actions in Scotland which allow groups claiming under similar circumstances to seek a claim as a class action.
If you have been injured as a result of someone else's negligence, along with a group of similarly affected people, you could bring a class or group action. There are both positives and negatives to bringing a class action as opposed to bringing a case on your own. However, our specialist personal injury lawyers will be able to advise you on how best to proceed, and may even be able to work on a no-win, no-fee basis. To discuss your specific circumstances with a lawyer who can help, call today on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and an experienced solicitor will get back to you right away.
A class action is also referred to as a multi-party claim and is a court procedure which enables a group of individuals with similar complaints against the same defender to seek a judicial remedy in one action instead of each raising separate actions.
To raise a multi-party action, there must be;
- a number of possible claimants or pursuers; and
- a single issue or a number of issues which are common to all the possible claims
Multi-party actions make it possible for all claims to be dealt with in a single litigation and the advantages of a single litigation outweigh the disadvantages.
When can I bring a class action?
There are three situations where individuals have the same or similar rights and therefore similar claims:
Arising from a single event (sudden mass disaster)
In these cases, a number of people are killed or injured in the same event.
Attributable to a single cause, but occurring at different times and in different circumstances (creeping disaster, product liability or medical claims)
Typical cases that fall into this category are claims for damages in respect of allegedly defective drugs, such as tranquillisers. There is likely to be no connection between the claimants other than that they claim to have been injured by the same drug.
Arising from transactions as consumers (consumer claim)
These are typically claims by purchasers of defective goods or services for damage to property or financial loss.
Pros and cons of raising a class action claim
A class action claim makes available to all the members of a group or class an effective remedy which they could not otherwise obtain. The legal costs are spread across various parties which reduces litigation costs when compared to a single individual action.
That said, depending on how large the class is, it can mean that awards for individual pursuers can be lower.
Our specialist solicitors are able to advise you on all aspects of class action claims.
Contact our class action claims lawyers
If you have suffered an injury which could be litigated as a class action, contact our experienced team today. The team is spread across our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, with our Dundee team covering Aberdeen and the North of Scotland.
We will discuss the circumstances surrounding your claim with you and will explain clearly and concisely how best to proceed. We will also be upfront about how likely your claim is to succeed, any costs involved, and also whether we can offer to work on a no-win, no-fee basis.