Class Actions and
Mass Torts

Sometimes, multiple individuals suffer a similar injury due to the fault of someone else or a corporation. When this happens, each person has the choice of how they would like to sue. Two of these options are Class Actions and Mass Torts.

CLASS ACTIONS

When a group of people have been injured by the same party in the same way, it may be possible to bring a class action.

A class action is a type of lawsuit that is filed on behalf of an entire group of people.

These actions can avoid the necessity for hundreds or thousands of people filing similar individual lawsuits to claim relief. These kinds of actions are appropriate when there are clear, common issues to be determined, and common characteristics among the injured parties’ making the claim.

MASS TORTS

Mass Tort actions are similar to class actions, in that they collect a number of people who have been injured by the same party or few parties together.

However, with a mass tort action, each injured party is treated individually, rather than as an injured group. Every injured party has the ability to pursue their case individually, with consideration to their different interests and assessments of individual damages.

Mass Torts and Class Actions can be an efficient and cost-effective way of navigating the legal system, promoting access to justice and ensuring fair treatment of injured persons with similar claims. The lawyers at McLeish Orlando understand the complexity of managing these kinds of actions, and are prepared to advocate for justice and hold responsible parties accountable.

FIRE LOSS

Whether you are a tenant in an apartment building, or own your own house, fires can quickly become a devastating and tragic event. Fires can lead to significant losses of property, and serious injuries.

There are laws and regulations which govern building maintenance and fire prevention, relating to building private homes, and managing and upkeeping apartments, condominiums and commercial buildings. For example, the Ontario Fire Code is one such statute which outlines specific rules and guidelines for fire prevention measures that must be taken in designing residential and commercial buildings. Other laws, such as those contained in the Occupier’s Liability Act, and the Residential Tenancies Act, impose responsibilities on individuals to ensure persons entering their premises are kept safe.

Homeowners and tenants purchase insurance to protect against losses caused by fire, water and other unforeseeable disasters. In the event that these disasters occur, the process for claiming against insurance companies can often become complicated and challenging.

Whether an insurance company denies a claim or disputes the value of a loss, or whether you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of another’s failure to build and maintain safe premises, the lawyers at McLeish Orlando LLP are experienced litigators who can help you navigate the process and advocate for the financial recovery and support you need to return to the life you lead prior to the fire.