The time is growing shorter for Floridians who have suffered or died as a result of a smoking-related illness or condition to be compensated by the tobacco companies. Individual lawsuits by smokers or the families of deceased smokers may be pursued according to the Florida Supreme Court. But, the Statute of Limitations will run in 2007. Those who believe they may have a valid cause of action for compensation should consult with a law firm evaluating these potential claims as soon as possible.
Each week we are learning how smoking has impacted the health of Americans. A recent study of smoking and COPD is cited below. Fortunately, Floridians have a potential avenue to compensation if they act promptly.
At least one in four hardened smokers will develop the progressive and incurable lung disease COPD, finds a long term study published ahead of print in Thorax.
This is a higher risk than previously thought, say the researchers.
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is an umbrella term for respiratory diseases, including bronchitis and emphysema, which block air flow through the lungs, and which worsen over time.
The initial screening process at our law firm, which is similar to those of other firms handling the tobacco cases, is not terribly time-consuming. There is no charge for this screening. And, if there is a basis to proceed, the claims are handled under a contingency fee arrangement.