For decades, big tobacco companies lied to the American public, hid evidence
that smoking cigarettes and using
tobacco products causes cancer and intentionally addicted people to their products for
the sole purpose of reaping profits. In recent years, lawyers who specialize
in personal injury law have brought a number of high-profile cases against
defendants in Big Tobacco, seeking justice for the families of those who
have been injured by the willful misrepresentation and outright lies of
the tobacco companies. If you live in Florida, and you or a loved one
has been diagnosed with a condition caused by cigarette smoking or tobacco
use, should you contact a Florida tobacco lawyer?
Why You Should Contact a Florida Tobacco Lawyer
Many people who smoked cigarettes and contracted emphysema, chronic lung
diseases and lung cancer may be able to sue the tobacco companies for
damages and medical expenses. Even more to the point, evidence introduced
in court cases make it clear that tobacco companies deliberately treated
and altered their products to make them more addictive.
They took those actions despite knowing the harm and diseases that are
caused by the use of tobacco. A Florida tobacco lawyer can evaluate your
case and history and help you decide whether it’s worth your while
to bring suit against the tobacco companies that deliberately sold you
products that they knew would make you sick and eventually cause your death.
A Florida tobacco lawsuit can hold the tobacco companies accountable for
what they did and make them compensate you for the damages they caused.
Florida lawyers have a lot of experience with tobacco lawsuits. In a landmark
2000 Florida tobacco lawsuit, a jury awarded a class of 700,000 smokers
punitive damages amounting to more than $145 billion.
The case was later overturned, with the Supreme Court ruling that individual
smokers must prove their illnesses individually before being awarded any
settlement money. Hundreds of Florida smokers brought individual suits
against the tobacco companies, but there are many smokers out there who
may still have the right to sue for damages based on the lies and deception
of the big tobacco companies.
If you believe you may be one of them,
contact Kelley/Uustal for a case assessment.