If you or a man you care about developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, you may want to considering taking legal action to obtain compensation for damages related to your injuries. If so, you will have to decide if joining a Risperdal class action lawsuit or filing an individual claim is in your best interest. The choice you make will ultimately determine the type of recovery you could receive, and how much control you maintain over your claim.
The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free legal evaluations to victims of male breast growth associated with Risperdal, and our attorneys can more fully explain the differences between a Risperdal class action and individual lawsuit. To arrange for your consultation, please contact our office today by calling to speak with a member of our legal staff.
In a Risperdal class action lawsuit, one or more plaintiffs would file a lawsuit on behalf of a larger group, or “class”, composed of other individuals who are also alleging injuries due to Risperdal. One member of this group would be designated the “class representative,” and would be listed as the lead plaintiff on the complaint. This individual would have control over many important aspects of the case, including the choice of attorney, and whether or not to accept any proposed settlement on behalf of the class members.
If a settlement or judgment is made in favor of class members in a Risperdal class action, it is likely that any funds recovered would be equally distributed among all plaintiffs. Even if you feel that your share of the recovery is unfair, you may be barred by the terms of the settlement from filing your own individual lawsuit.
Generally, class action lawsuits are the best choice for plaintiffs who have suffered identical injuries, and sustained the same type of damages. In the case of Risperdal, victim have developed gynecomastia ranging from mild to very serious, and each plaintiff’s medical bills and other damages can be expected to vary greatly. For this reason, a Risperdal class action lawsuit might not be the best choice for these individuals.
Unlike a Risperdal class action, an individual case will maintain its own identity throughout the entire legal process. The plaintiff in an individual claim will also be able to choose their own attorney, and will make all important decisions relating to the litigation of their case, including whether or not to go to trial, or accept a settlement offer.
Some Risperdal lawsuits alleging the drug caused gynecomastia and other injuries have been consolidated in a mass tort proceeding underway in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. While this process allows the cases to go through coordinated pretrial proceedings, including discovery, it is very different from a Risperdal class action lawsuit. Among other things, each case filed in the litigation maintains its own identity, and plaintiffs remain in control of their individual lawsuit.
The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have been representing injured consumers in class action and individual lawsuits for more than two decades. If you would like to learn more about Risperdal class action complaints and individual lawsuits, please giver our office a call today at .