“Big tobacco” is typically the nickname used to refer to the top three tobacco corporations in the United States: R. J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and British American Tobacco. However, it can also include other companies that have a significant portion of the market share, including Lorillard and Brown & Williamson. Many consumers believe that tobacco litigation only involves cigarettes, but in actuality, along with cigarettes, it includes cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco (“chew”), dipping tobacco and snuff. All of these products have been the subjects of major “big tobacco” litigation.
The most notable tobacco litigation was the Engle Trust Fund case. When the Florida Supreme Court finally decided the Engle Trust Fund case, it concluded that cigarette manufactures were negligent in making defective, unreasonably dangerous and addictive products that cause sixteen major diseases. Due to the decision, cigarette manufactures can be held liable for negligence, producing defective and unreasonably dangerous products, producing addictive products, strict liability, fraud by concealment, civil conspiracy/misrepresentation, conspiracy-concealment, breach of implied warranty and general causation. The Court also concluded that smoking could cause a number of diseases, including: aortic aneurysm, bladder cancer, cerebrovascular disease, cervical cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, pregnancy complications, oral and tongue cancer, pancreatic cancer, peripheral vascular disease, pharyngeal cancer and stomach cancer. The case ultimately ended with the major tobacco companies creating a $600 million trust fund for Florida victims.
Proving the causation for these injuries is extremely complex and requires the help of an experienced Miami tobacco attorney. The Broward tobacco attorneys at Friedland | Carmona have a successful track record of recovering compensation for their clients’ injuries and suffering. The Miami personal injury lawyers at Friedland | Carmona have recovered millions of dollars for their clients. If you or your loved one has suffered a tobacco related injury or has died from tobacco use, contact the Miami tobacco attorneys at Friedland | Carmona today. Many tobacco users do not understand that they have a claim for tobacco-related injuries.
Tobacco injury cases are extremely complex and often take years to litigate. As your attorney, the Fort Lauderdale tobacco lawyers will have to prove that you used defendant’s tobacco product, that use of the defendant’s product caused your specific disease and that you relied on defendant’s (fraudulent) claims when using the products. Because of the number of tobacco cases that have been litigated, tobacco companies can no longer claim that they were not negligent, nor can they claim that their products are not defective, unreasonably dangerous or addictive.
If you or your loved one has died or suffered serious injuries as a result of tobacco use, contact the Coral Gables tobacco lawyers at the Friedland | Carmona today! The lawyers can help recover money to pay for medical expenses, to make up for past and future lost wages and to help ease your pain and suffering. Do not hesitate. Contact Friedland | Carmona for your free consultation. The attorneys will meet with you to discuss your claim and options. Call 305-661-2008 today and let our family take care of your family!