If you suffered injuries on an electric scooter, then you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the electric scooter company. You might also be eligible for a class action. There are currently multiple class action lawsuits pending against scooter companies, including Bird Rides Inc., Lime Bike, Xiaomi United States, and Segway. An e-scooter accident lawyer can help you explore your options.
What You Need to Know About the e-Scooter Class Action Lawsuit
Scooter companies, such as Bird and Lime, are currently facing personal injury and class action lawsuits across Florida and other parts of the United States. Many of the plaintiffs in these cases have the following similar complaints:
- The defendants contributed to injuries suffered by multiple plaintiffs.
- The defendants were negligent in dumping scooters along public streets without notice or authorization.
- The defendants failed to take action to eliminate the hazards and risks they imposed on the public.
- Bird’s and Lime’s safety instructions did not satisfy reasonable safety standards.
- Bird and Lime breached their warranties, thereby, building scooters that are not suitable for repeated public use.
Examples of Lawsuits Against Bird and Lime
Here are some examples of recent lawsuits against Bird and Lime:
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
In February 2019, a 28-year-old woman was riding a Lime e-scooter when she hit a car at an intersection. The accident left her in a coma where she is currently fighting for her life. The woman’s mother has filed a lawsuit against Lime, blaming the company for her daughter’s condition.
Class Action Lawsuit, Los Angeles County
Nine plaintiffs, including scooter riders and pedestrians, claim that they have sustained injuries from Bird and Lime products which include broken wrists, toes, fingers, torn ligaments, face lacerations, and damaged teeth. They filed a class action suit against the companies back in October 2018.
A man was severely injured in downtown Austin, Texas in February 2019 when the wheels on a Lime electric scooter locked up. The lockup caused him to fall forward and hit the ground. He sustained a broken arm and a sprained shoulder. He filed a lawsuit against Lime, stating that the company was negligent by failing to inspect the parts of the scooter properly.
Your Options If You Receive a Class Action Notice
If you receive a notice about the class action lawsuit against Bird or Lime and have received an e-scooter injury, you have two main options:
Opt-In/Out as a Class Action Member
You can choose to be a member of the class action lawsuit. If you decide to be a member, then you give up your rights to pursue a private personal injury lawsuit. If you choose to opt out of being a class action member, then follow the instructions in your notice by the deadline.
Participate in the Class Action Lawsuit as a Named Plaintiff
You may choose to participate in the class action lawsuit along with other plaintiffs. You will then have the option to hire an attorney and become a member as a named party.
Keep in mind that your injuries and other damages may not align with those of other plaintiffs. Your legal situation may be unique. If so, you may want to consider seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit and hiring an e-scooter accident lawyer.
Before you decide whether to participate in a class action suit or file a personal injury lawsuit, you may want to consult an e-scooter accident attorney. A lawyer can answer your questions, address any concerns you may have, and go over your legal options with you. With proper legal counsel, you can make the right decision that is best for you.
What You Can Do if You Incurred an e-Scooter Injury
If you suffered an e-scooter injury, you can contact an e-scooter accident attorney who is representing multiple clients in a class action suit. The attorney can add your name to the class registry. You will receive details on how you can provide evidence of your injury and other damages and receive your share of the settlement.
As a member of the class action lawsuit, you may be entitled to a percentage of the damages if the defendant settles out of court or loses in a trial. Once the e-scooter injury lawyer submits a lawsuit and the defendant agrees to a settlement, you will receive a notice on how to claim your percentage of the settlement.
You can also file an injury lawsuit without joining a class action.
Damages You May be Entitled to in an e-Scooter Injury Case
If you have suffered injuries from an e-scooter and you are seeking compensation for your losses, you may be entitled to the following damages:
- Hospital bills or other medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional turmoil
- Lost pay or future earning capacity
- Pain medication and other prescriptions
- Long-term disability, rehabilitation, or additional future medical costs
- Loss of consortium
What you can claim depends on the circumstances of your accident, your total losses, and if you can establish that an e-scooter company is responsible for your injuries. An e-scooter accident lawyer can help you establish liability and case value to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato to Discuss Your Options
If you would like to find out more about the Bird or Lime class action lawsuit or want to discuss your personal legal options, then call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato. We provide legal services for personal injury cases in South Florida. To find out more, contact us at 954-633-8270 for a free case evaluation.