VW Class Action Solicitors - Volkswagen Compensation Claim Lawyers
If you would like to join a proposed solicitors class action (group litigation) compensation claim against Volkswagen (VW) in regards to the 'defeat' device being software installed in the VW EU5 diesel engine which is also used in Audi vehicles whose parent company is VW, just call our solicitors helpline. It is estimated that some Volkswagen drivers may have sustained losses in excess of £350 per annum (which is ongoing) when official figures are compared with the reality of the engines actual efficiency on the road. This loss effectively started on the date of purchase of the VW vehicle and continues for the life of the vehicle and in addition resale values of Volkswagen cars have diminished substantially as a result of the scandal. Our VW class action solicitors may be in a position to include all losses sustained from the date of purchase of the vehicle up to its ultimate sale. Total cost to Volkswagen Audi worldwide for customer reimbursement may be in many tens of billions of pounds.
A ‘class action’ which is also known as ‘multi party action’ or ‘group litigation’ may take place when a number of people, as in the VW Volkswagen Audi scandal, have suffered injury or financial loss as a result of a common cause. Class action solicitors in the UK specialise in representing a large number of potential claimants with the intention of concentrating numerous sources of individual evidence, pooling resources and reducing legal costs and financial risk by pursuing legal action for just a few of the most typical claimants who effectively represent the others within the group. Class action claims generally fall into three main categories as follows :-
- disasters involving injury claims and damage to property.
- consumer claims related defective goods or services, causing injury and/or loss which includes the Volkswagen VW scandal.
- rolling claims arising from a single cause including defective drugs or consumer products
A class action solicitor may call upon both the common law and statute in order to prove a case. Some areas of multi-party action are not protected by specific legislation that covers the disputed issue although most types of legal matter relating to group litigation have now been previously litigated and act as precedents. The current anticipated solicitors class action claims against VW Volkswagen Audi may well be instigated under current consumer protection legislation. There is also copious consumer protection legislation to which class action solicitors in England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland may refer including the main UK statutes as follows :-
- Consumer Protection Act 1987 (Product Liability) (Modification) Order 2000 (Statutory Instrument 2000 No. 2771)
- Consumer Protection Act 1987 (Product Liability)(Modification) (Scotland) Order 2001 (Statutory Instrument 2001 No. 265)
- Product Liability (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2001
UK class action solicitors often represent clients on a no win no fee basis and they deal with a wide range of issues including :-
- manufactured goods
- bio-medical devices
- pharmaceutical products
- multiple sexual assault
- institutionalised child abuse
- institutionalised elder abuse
- environmental accidents
- health and healthcare services
- holiday travel
- mass food poisoning
- package holidays
- industrial disease
- work related injuries
- aviation accidents
- rail accidents
- shipping accidents
- financial services
The standard of proof in a civil claim is less onerous than in a criminal case which requires proof beyond all reasonable doubt. In a group litigation civil liability claim for damages the standard of proof is based on the ‘balance of probabilities’ which means a case is proved if it is more likely than not i.e. greater than 50% chance.
All civil litigation is subject to time limits. In the case of personal injury compensation, a claim becomes statute barred unless it is settled or legal proceedings have been issue in a court of law within three years of discovery of the injury which in many cases means the time when the incident occurred. There are exceptions for the mentally disabled and for minors. In the case of financial losses, the time limit is 6 years. In all cases the court has discretion to extend the time limits but this discretion is rarely exercised. In truth, missing the time limit usually means that the opportunity to claim compensation for personal injury or financial loss is gone forever.
If you and a number of other people who have been injured in similar circumstances want to set up a class action or if you want to join an existing multi party action our lawyers offer advice on group litigation at no cost. We operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. For free advice from a specialist solicitor, without further obligation, simply phone the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices.