When we book a holiday, we all hope that things will go well. We want to enjoy our break and return home in a relaxed and refreshed state. Fortunately, most of the time that is exactly what happens.
But, every now and again things do go wrong. Often, other holidaymakers will be affected by the same incident. Naturally, they and you will want to be compensated.
Working together with others who are in the same situation as you can be a very good way to gain that compensation. So, if you are wondering how to start a class action lawsuit all you have to do is to read on.
Take a look at this article to learn about how to stay safe while traveling.
How to Seek Travel Compensation For a Bad Holiday Experience
Step one – Gather your evidence
In order to get anywhere with a claim, almost regardless of what it is for, you need to be able to prove your case. The more evidence you have the easier it will be to do this. So, as soon as thing start to go wrong, take photos, make notes and gather any physical evidence you think may help. It is very important that you get receipts for everything that you payout.
Step two – Stay in touch with others who have been affected
As the issue or event is unfolding, keep an eye out to see if others are being affected in the same, or a similar, way as you. If they are, try to strike up a conversation with one or two of them. You may be able to exchange contact details, which you can use to get in touch should you decide to take legal action.
Step three – Seek advice
If you can, seek legal advice. The earlier you do so the more likely it is that you will take the right actions and gather relevant evidence. This can make a huge difference when it comes to building a strong case,
You should also contact your travel insurance company. In some situations, they will be providing you with coverage for the issue you are facing. At least partial coverage. So, usually, they can give you relevant advice too.
Step four – Find and join a class action
In some cases, a law firm will have already started a class action that covers the issue you are dealing with. For example, if a travel firm or airline collapses the legal profession knows that there is likely to be a lot of people seeking compensation. So, when one of the affected people approaches them for help they will ask permission to set the case up as a class-action. This enables them to find others who have been adversely affected and represent them all together.
There are several advantages to joining a class-action rather than going it alone. Firstly, it is a highly effective legal tool. Secondly, if your evidence is not super strong your case can be helped by the fact that the evidence that others have is stronger. To some extent, their evidence can be used to strengthen your case.
Often, the press will report on pending class-actions. You can see an example of this type of news story, here. Setting up a Google news notification is a fairly good way to find these types of stories. But, usually, the best way to uncover these types of lawsuits is to use class-action finder websites.
If that fails, try using those contact details you collected earlier. Often, you will discover that one of the other affected holidaymakers has found and is involved in a class-action or is interested in working with you to set one up.