If a loved one who was a smoker and a Florida resident has died from any one of the following conditions in the last 12 years it is possible that compensation for the surviving family members could be obtained:
…aortic aneurysm, bladder cancer, cerebrovascular disease, cervical cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer (specifically, adenocarinoma, large cell carcinoma, small cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma), complications of pregnancy, oral cavity/tongue cancer, pancreatic cancer, peripheral vascular disease, pharyngeal cancer, and stomach cancer… (From the Engle opinion)
The Florida Supreme Court in its Engle decision has opened the door to individual claims against tobacco companies. But, the door will remain open for less than one year.
My law firm is attempting to spread the word to the survivors. It is critical that they contact us or another experienced law firm quickly. There are records to be obtained and evaluated. And, medical experts will need to determine if there is a provable tobacco link to the death.
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