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Class Action Lawsuits

British Columbia Class Action Lawyers for Medical and Pharmaceutical Cases

We represent people who have suffered losses or injuries arising from the manufacture and sale of defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals. One way we do this is through class action litigation.

At Murphy Battista LLP, we have extensive experience dealing with complex medical evidence in pursuit of justice for our clients.

Class actions are a specific type of litigation that allows for combining multiple, similar court actions into a single action brought against a common defendant or set of defendants. These actions are commonly brought against Canadian or multinational corporations with global operations.

There are many situations in which a class action may arise. For example:

  • Faulty medical devices that cause injury or death;
  • Pharmaceuticals that harm instead of help;
  • Defective seat belts, air bags, or car parts that result in injuries to vehicle occupants;
  • Faulty bike components that contribute to accidents causing injury;
  • Defective housing products; and
  • Systemic and systematic abuse and bullying within large organizations.

There are also many ways in which wrongdoing can lead to injuries or death. For example, a product’s design may be faulty, a product may not have been tested properly, or end-users may not be fully and properly warned about a product’s risks.

Class Actions and Access to Justice

At Murphy Battista LLP we view class action lawsuits as a tool for achieving access to justice for our clients. The large size and sophistication of these defendants often makes class action litigation an injured person’s only financially feasible option for seeking compensation and holding large corporations accountable for their wrongdoing. Due to the complexity and cost of getting evidence to prove wrongdoing by defendants, and the need to explain all of this to a court, it can be more cost-effective to have issues common to class members decided in one lawsuit instead of requiring multiple individuals to bring separate lawsuits. Class actions are a better use of limited judicial resources while making the courts accessible to people who may not be able to afford to bring individual actions on their own. Also, there is strength in numbers; if there are enough people affected by the same wrongdoing, you have a better chance of obtaining compensation if you participate as part of a class of plaintiffs.

Why Retain Murphy Battista LLP? Because of Our Expertise in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and General Negligence Law

At Murphy Battista LLP, we have extensive experience dealing with complex medical evidence in pursuit of justice for our clients.

Our many years representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases involving General Negligence and Medical Malpractice means we know what evidence will be needed to succeed in proving negligence or wrongdoing by defendants. Our lawyers also have previous career experience defending doctors and other healthcare professionals, health authorities, and insurers in negligence cases, which gives us unique insight into the strategies employed by defendants.

Our knowledge of the medical world, medical negligence claims, and personal injury law, makes us well suited to represent plaintiffs when it comes to injury or loss due to medical devices or pharmaceuticals. We know how to gather, analyze, and present complex medical data and expert evidence to the courts. We have also built a significant network of experts over the years who can assist at all stages throughout the litigation process. Our years of experience in dealing with personal injury and medical malpractice cases means you can be confident that we can engage and understand the right experts to support your case and that have we the advocacy skills needed to present that material in an understandable way to you and to the court.

How Much Will Being Part of Class Action Cost Me?

There are generally no upfront costs to participating in a class action. We work on a “contingency fee” basis, which means we only receive a fee if the matter settles or we obtain a favorable judgment by a judge or jury. As an added protection to class members, a lawyer’s contingency fee agreement in class actions must receive court approval to confirm the agreement is fair and reasonable.

Resources

If you are looking for information on a specific class action, you may find the Canadian Bar Association’s National Class Action Database helpful.

Contact

If you believe you qualify to participate in an existing class action or you want to discuss a proposed class action, please call us at 604-683-9621 or visit our Contact page for further options.