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The Story of Big Tobacco

Tobacco companies know their products are dangerous

Starting in the early 1960’s, with the release of the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking, tobacco executives made countless TV appearances in which they claimed that the day they found out cigarettes were harmful would be the last day they manufactured and sold cigarettes. Today, not a single tobacco company says cigarettes are safe, they all agree that they’re dangerous and potentially deadly. And yet, they haven’t closed up shop; they’re still here, making the same poison they’ve been peddling for decades.

Their defense strategy has changed a bit now that they can no longer deny the dangers of smoking. What was once a series of mental gymnastics centered on denial and doubt, is now a conversation about choice. Choice is their “get out of jail free” card. In invoking the idea of choice, they shift the blame from themselves: the makers of a highly addictive and lethal product, over to their victims: people who came of age during a time when smoking was not just tolerated, but accepted and permitted by all. Their greatest defense is that because warnings have appeared on cigarette boxes since 1966, everything else they’ve done doesn’t matter.

Why Should You Work with Kelley | Uustal?

We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, and our personal injury lawyers are regularly recognized as the top in their field. Lawyers USA recognizes Robert W. Kelley as one of the top ten attorneys in the nation.  We also stay ahead of the curve by using a specific and advanced Forensic Discovery Methodology when handling our clients’ cases. This gives us a distinct advantage over other Florida Personal Injury law firms. At Kelley | Uustal, every member of our team is dedicated to aggressively and compassionately helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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Cindy Naugle Wins $300 Million Against Tobacco Giant Philip Morris International Inc.

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The verdict included $56.6 million for Ms. Naugle's pain and suffering and for her past and future medical expenses, along with $244 million in punitive damages to punish the company and discourage future misconduct. The jury attributed 10% fault to Ms. Naugle.

Vivian Wilkinson, a former bartender, passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Kelley | Uustal attorney Eric Rosen has been representing Ms. Wilkinson’s children, who claim that Vivian Wilkinson’s fatal disease resulted from an addiction to cigarettes containing nicotine manufactured by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and other cigarette manufacturers. The Plaintiff also claimed that R.J. Reynolds engaged in a decades long conspiracy to conceal critical information about the health effects and addictive nature of their products.

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Apparently, a warning on a box of cigarettes is just as powerful as a billion dollar ad campaign. Their thought is that the labels should have been enough to deter new smokers, and anyone who was already smoking at that point, should have been able to stop.

Tobacco companies have gone from denying that their products are dangerous and addictive, to saying that they’re pretty dangerous and potentially addictive, but since people are aware of the risks, the companies shouldn’t be held responsible for the bad judgement of others. But is it truly bad judgement if all the information pointed to the harmlessness of cigarettes? How can someone be expected to make an informed decision when the information is incomplete, or a straight out lie?

Kelley | Uustal is dedicated to fighting this kind of behavior

It’s not the role of the tobacco companies to answer those question, or any other ones for that matter. Their role, as usual, is to cast doubt. They pay doctors millions of dollars to testify at trials on their behalf. The doctors aren’t there to claim any benefits to smoking, no self-respecting medical professional can ever do that again. They’re only there to invalidate the experiences of those who have been harmed by cigarettes. If someone claims symptoms began on a certain date, they dispute the date and the severity of the symptoms. If someone says their disease was caused by smoking, they find other, less obvious causes. They reinterpret exam results and find creative ways to read charts so that ultimately, the fault lies with the victim. Whether it’s that they should’ve gotten different tests, or that they should’ve felt different symptoms in varying degrees of intensity, the fault is always that of the smoker, never of the manufacturer. Denial of addiction, deflection of fault, and doubt of everything else; this is how the industry has survived for so long, against so many odds.

We’ve dedicated ourselves to fighting this kind of behavior. Their disregard for human life, the deliberate lying and obfuscation of facts, and the way in which, even today, they continue to produce a product that kills the majority of their customers is something we refuse to tolerate. The success of cigarettes was not accidental or a matter of luck or providence. This was a planned, flawlessly executed process. The culmination of massive research and innumerable studies.

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Despite the many challenges involved in litigating victims’ rights, the injury attorneys at Kelley | Uustal currently represent individuals and their loved ones who have been injured or who have been wrongfully killed from smoking cigarettes. If you or a loved one is sick or has died as a result of smoking cigarettes, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Kelley | Uustal are here to answer your questions and discuss your potential personal injury or wrongful death case. Please contact our law firm today for a free case evaluation, you will pay no fees until we win your case.

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With over 325 years of combined experience, our lawyers are regularly recognized as the top in their field, including Lawyers USA’s recognition of Robert W. Kelley as one of the top ten attorneys in the nation.