Successfully winning against mega corporations
The tobacco lawsuit attorneys at Meyers & Flowers have the resources necessary to actively and aggressively pursue tobacco companies for compensation on behalf of their clients. As one of the nation’s largest and most successful product liability attorney firms, they have obtained millions of dollars in awards and settlements for clients victimized by medical devices, defective products and pharmaceutical products.
Taking on Big Tobacco is just another way that Meyers & Flowers helps individuals get meaningful compensation from indifferent large organizations focusing on only one thing: profits. A tobacco lawsuit is involved and difficult to win but with recent decisions against the tobacco companies, plaintiffs are being successful in recovering millions of dollars in lost wages and medical expenses, including past expenses and those that may occur in the future.
Do I have a case?
Unfortunately, lung cancer can strike both young and old. Meyers & Flowers urges anyone who has been diagnosed with lung cancer or COPD due to tobacco use to get a legal assessment of their case as soon as possible.
The State of Illinois has a time limit on filing lung cancer lawsuits which fall under product liability laws in most cases. The time limit to file this type of claim is 2 years from the time the injury became known. This may vary and challenges to the right to sue are the first line of defense of tobacco company lawyers.
People who have been diagnosed with lung cancer or COPD within the past 2 years are within the time frame for filing a case. For those filing a case due to the death of a family member, the death must have occurred within the last 2 years.
Tobacco lawsuits are complex so the advice of an experienced attorney is the best way to insure against losing the right to sue for compensation because of an administrative mistake. Illinois residents are encouraged to contact a local tobacco litigation attorney that knows the specifics of state laws and time limits for filing claims.
Generally lung cancer victims, or their families, may have a good case against tobacco companies if their lung cancer has been linked medically to their use of tobacco.
Additionally, those who have sought help in breaking their addiction to nicotine and have a record of trying and failing to quit will be able to show the addictive nature of nicotine in their particular case.
Many of our lung cancer patients began smoking while in their teens and smoked daily for twenty years or more. Some were able to finally quit but the damage had been done. None of these older clients were properly informed about the dangers of tobacco or of the addictive nature of nicotine.
Black box warning
All people injured by a product potentially have a case against a negligent or misleading manufacturer. It has now been proven, through documents leaked by the personnel of tobacco companies that the companies were negligent in their failure to warn smokers of health risks and of the fact that they were aware of the fact that nicotine is addictive.
The black box warning did not appear on tobacco product packaging until the mid 60s and simply stated that “Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to your Health”. This warning has been increased in severity over the years due to legislative requirements but this warning has come too late for many lung cancer victims who started smoking in their teens back in the 1950s.
These people were not aware of the health hazards of tobacco, nor of the addictive nature of nicotine and millions smoked every day for over 20 years. Many of those have gone on to develop lung cancer or COPD and have had to deal with the consequences daily. Many have died from lung cancer.
The cost of caring for those suffering from lung cancer has been calculated at over 133 billion just from 2000 through 2012 and does not take into account lost wages, emotional suffering and lost opportunities.
Tobacco related lung cancer
Until recently decades of lawsuits against the big tobacco manufacturers have been largely unsuccessful. Cases were won, appealed, reinstated and continued their journey through the courts with nothing meaningful achieved until tobacco company documents were leaked shedding the light of truth on the fact that these companies knew that tobacco is addictive and harmful.
Finally in 2000, a plaintiff was awarded $51.5 million dollars in California against Philip Morris which opened the door to lawsuits based on what the tobacco companies were trying to hide.
For example, when Philip Morris U.S.A. acquired three different brands of cigarettes from another corporation, those brands had a warning on their package that stated “Smoking is Addictive”. That warning disappeared after the deal was completed. (Source: United_States_of_America).
Currently there are class action lawsuits as well as thousands of individual lawsuits from plaintiffs who have been diagnosed with lung cancer, particularly Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lungs or Lung Adenocarcinoma as well as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
These forms of cancer are the most common lung cancers found in men and women in the United States. While there can be other causes such as asbestos, almost 87% of lung cancers are smoking related.
How to begin
Tobacco litigation requires an intimate knowledge of the complex legal theories and scientific analyses related to tobacco use and disease. Additionally this type of lawsuit requires keen focus and the ability to deal with highly aggressive defense attorney tactics. Fortunately for Illinois residents they have a tried and tested formidable team of tobacco attorneys at Meyers & Flowers ready to take on the big tobacco manufacturers.
Call today to set up your complimentary consultation with one of our tobacco attorneys. It is the first step in holding tobacco manufacturers responsible for misleading the public for decades before finally being exposed to the light of truth through successful litigation.