$246 Billion Awarded For Tobacco Lawsuits
You probably know that cigarettes are known to cause a number of dangerous negative health problems.
Smoking can damage the airways and the alveoli in the lungs. It causes COPD, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. Cigarette smoking is also a well-known cause of most cases of lung cancer. Cigarette smoking can also trigger asthma attacks, or make asthma symptoms more severe.
Here’s the real bottom-line—smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers!
And this is really only the beginning of the problem.
But if you’re like most people, you probably grew up being exposed to cigarettes all the time. The advertisements are everywhere, you see people smoking them on TV, and many people around you probably smoke them constantly.
But here’s the big question. Have the big tobacco companies actually done their part to inform the American people of the true danger behind their products?
Back in 2006, a major court case against Big Tobacco was won by the American Cancer Society and other plaintiffs. The tobacco companies were found guilty of ‘lying to the American public about the deadly effects of cigarettes and secondhand smoke.’
If You Or A Loved One Has Suffered Disease Or Injury As A Result Of Tobacco Use, You May Be Entitled To Financial Compensation
Two decades ago, the states reached a settlement agreement that required the big tobacco companies to pay more than $246 billion over time to compensate for the death, disease, and suffering caused by their products.
What does this have to do with you?
Well, as it turns out, states do not always spend all of the money they receive. And if you’ve suffered disease, injury, or loss as a result of damages caused by cigarette products, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation.
The First Step: Figure Out If You Have A Case
Tobacco claims can be filed in the form of individual lawsuits or class-action lawsuits.
Anyone who has suffered an injury as a result of either smoking cigarettes, or through exposure to any tobacco product, may be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible tobacco company.
But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re guaranteed to win.
First, you need to figure out if you actually have a case on your hands.
If you’ve been smoking for years, but have never developed any kind of negative side-effect… then you probably won’t have a case.
But if you’ve been a smoker, or have been subjected to cigarette smoke, and have developed a disease or injury as a result, then you may have a case on your hands.
The only way to know for sure is to reach out and talk to a qualified tobacco litigation attorney or product liability lawyer.
They can help to walk you through the necessary steps to see if you may have a claim on your hands.
What If You Don’t Have The Money For A Lawyer?
Everyone knows that legal fees are expensive. And sometimes, this dissuades people from reaching out and speaking with an attorney about their tobacco litigation lawsuit.
But here’s the truth.
Most product liability attorneys operate on a ‘contingency fee basis.’
This means that you don’t get charged for your case unless you actually win. If you win your settlement or claim, then the lawyers take a fee from the awarded amount in return for their services… and you keep the rest to help offset the costs, losses, and damages of your tragic tobacco-related injury, illness, or disease.
The first step is to reach out and speak with a licensed, experienced attorney. You may have grounds for a case and not even know it.