General negligence is a legal term that refers to a failure to exercise the level of care that a reasonable person would exercise in similar circumstances. It’s a type of civil wrong that occurs when one party breaches a duty of care to another party, resulting in injury or harm. In simpler terms, it’s when someone does something or fails to do something that a reasonable person would or wouldn’t do, and it causes harm to someone else.
A class action lawsuit, on the other hand, is a type of legal action in which a large group of people collectively sue as a single representative plaintiff. In a class action, the individuals are not filing individual lawsuits but are part of a single lawsuit representing the whole group. If there is a settlement or a judgment, the settlement or judgment is divided among the class members.
The main difference between general negligence and a class action is that the individuals bring their claims in general negligence. In contrast, in a class action, a group of individuals collectively sue as a single representative plaintiff. In a class action, the individuals give up their right to sue individually, whereas, in general negligence, they retain that right.
It’s important to note that both general negligence and class action lawsuits require proof of duty of care, breach of duty of care and that the harm suffered was caused by the breach of duty of care.
It’s important to note that these are just examples. General negligence cases can involve many situations where one party has a duty of care and fails to fulfill that duty, causing harm to another party.