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Tobacco Claim Eligibility for Injured Consumers

While tobacco has been around since ancient times, it was only in the 19th century that smoking cigarettes as we know it was introduced in the United States. Prior to this, people would smoke tobacco in cigars or pipes.

Surprisingly, the dangers of smoking were officially documented in medical literature in the 1950s and the 1960s, when a series of scientific reports confirmed the causal relation between tobacco use and lung disease.

Today, over 34 million people throughout the country smoke, whereas 16 million struggle with a disease as a consequence of their unhealthy habits.

Although you may think filing a product liability claim with a tobacco company is pointless, since there is plenty of advertising warning about the terrible health effects of smoking, we can assure you that this is far from the truth, as a lawyer who specializes in this area of practice can obtain substantial compensation on your behalf.

If you suffer from lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or throat cancer, we strongly encourage you to contact our company, which will evaluate your case and let you know whether you are eligible for filing a claim with the tobacco companies whose cigarettes you have been smoking.

Your involvement in the process will be minimal so that you can continue to focus on your health and treatment.

What Toxic Chemicals Does Tobacco Smoke Contain?

The manufacturing of a cigarette requires a shocking number of 600 ingredients, whereas tobacco smoke releases over 7,000 chemicals in the air. Out of these, 250 are harmful to our bodies and 69 are known carcinogens, meaning that regular exposure to the latter may result in the development of a malignant disease over the years.

However, it is worthy of note that tobacco also contains nicotine, the addictive substance that makes it so difficult for smokers to quit. While nicotine is not carcinogenic, it is deemed a teratogen, which means that exposure to it can lead to the development of abnormalities such as birth defects in the children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy.

Some of the most alarming dangerous chemicals found in tobacco smoke are the following:

  • arsenic: a substance used in rat poison
  • lead: a chemical used in batteries
  • formaldehyde: a substance present in embalming fluid
  • benzene: a chemical found in rubber, cement, and gasoline
  • carbon monoxide: a substance released by car exhaust fumes
  • hydrogen cyanide: a chemical that is highly poisonous to humans
  • ammonia: a substance commonly present in household cleaners
  • radioactive elements: hazardous agents that are carcinogenic
  • cadmium: a substance that can be found in battery acid
  • hexamine: a chemical present in barbecue lighter fluid
  • toluene: a substance used to make paint
  • butane: a chemical present in lighter fluid

If you are a smoker, please take a moment to think of the tremendous amount of harmful substances that are entering your body the next time you want to light up a cigarette. Nevertheless, because tobacco smoking is so addictive, we completely understand the struggle of people who are trying to quit this potentially deadly habit.

In the regrettable event that you came to suffer from a disease as a consequence of smoking, we advise you to contact our team of professionals, who will promptly review your case and subsequently help you recover the financial compensation you deserve from the liable companies.

What Diseases Make You Eligible for Filing a Tobacco Product Liability Claim?

When people think of smoking, they usually associate it with lung cancer, which is the most known disease this detrimental habit can lead to. Lung cancer is caused by tobacco smoking in 80% to 90% of cases and is also the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. However, there are other serious diseases smoking can result in.

According to estimates, people who are going to develop a disease as a consequence of tobacco smoking will receive their diagnosis within 17 years. Nonetheless, this period of time may be shorter or longer depending on factors such as the number of cigarettes they smoke a day, the potency of the tobacco, and the existence of a genetic predisposition to developing certain diseases.

The following diseases qualify you for seeking financial compensation from tobacco companies:

It is important to know that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, refers to emphysema and chronic bronchitis, whereas throat cancer includes esophageal cancer, laryngeal cancer, and pharyngeal cancer.

Another interesting aspect to keep in mind is that between 10% and 15% of smokers will develop lung cancer. Therefore, if you struggle with one of these diseases, please reach out to the team of Atraxia Law, who will gladly help you recover the compensation you deserve from the tobacco companies that are responsible for your diagnosis.

What Diseases Can You Be Misdiagnosed with as a Tobacco Smoker?

Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is common in people with a respiratory disease that is the consequence of tobacco smoking. Therefore, they need to seek a second and even a third opinion from different medical specialists in order to receive a correct and accurate diagnosis.

Only people with lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and throat cancer are eligible for filing a tobacco claim to recover financial compensation. If you were diagnosed with one of the following diseases and conditions, please visit another medical expert to have your respiratory system thoroughly assessed:

  • pneumonia
  • asthma
  • acid reflux
  • encysted lung effusion
  • lung abscesses
  • lung nodules
  • thoracic Hodgkin's disease
  • pulmonary embolism
  • tuberculosis
  • esophageal varices
  • achalasia
  • reflux esophagitis
  • caustic esophagitis
  • infectious esophagitis
  • esophageal ulcer
  • esophageal diverticulum
  • Boerhaave syndrome
  • acute tonsillitis

Similarly, if you have a family member who is or was a smoker and receives one of these diagnoses, please encourage them to go to another medical professional, as their risk of developing lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or throat cancer is very high and the diagnoses above are wrong most of the time.

If they have one of the diagnoses that make them eligible for compensation, we strongly advise them to contact the team of professionals at Atraxia Law, which will determine whether they can file a tobacco claim with the liable manufacturers.

What Groups of Smokers Are Entitled to Compensation?

The first tobacco lawsuit was filed in February 2000 against Philip Morris by a smoker from California who was suffering from inoperable lung cancer. He received $51.5 million for his physical and emotional distress from the tobacco manufacturer and subsequently, over 40 states began suing tobacco companies under antitrust and state consumer protection laws.

Thereby, it is possible to obtain a favorable outcome if you decide to file a product liability claim with the tobacco company responsible for your disease with the help of a specialized lawyer.

Nevertheless, it is important to know that only a certain category of smokers is eligible for filing a tobacco product liability claim, this being people who began smoking before 1964 as minors, and only if you received your diagnosis in the last two years.

Even though it may seem unfair that only this group of smokers can file a tobacco product liability claim, there is a good reason behind these criteria. Because diseases that occur as a consequence of smoking take years to develop, people must have begun using tobacco before a certain year to qualify for seeking financial compensation.

Similarly, individuals who were minors when they began smoking are eligible for filing a claim because tobacco smoke is significantly more harmful to children and teenagers than it is to adults and they can thereby come to struggle with the disease earlier in life.

If you fall under this category and struggle with a disease that qualifies you for filing a tobacco product liability claim, please contact Atraxia Law to recover the compensation you are entitled to from the liable companies.

Which Are the Largest Manufacturers of Tobacco in the United States?

There are over 30 companies that manufacture cigarettes in the country, but only 4 of these account for 92% of sales. The tobacco manufacturers with the largest revenue are the following:

  • Ligget
  • Philip Morris USA Inc.
  • ITG Brands
  • Reynolds American Inc.

However, there are other renowned tobacco companies throughout the United States that are responsible for enabling the unhealthy habit of smoking cigarettes.

Regardless of the companies whose cigarettes you have been smoking, our attorneys, whose main area of practice is product liability, will provide you with quality legal assistance in filing a claim with every manufacturer liable for your diagnosis.

Some of the other largest tobacco manufacturers in the country are:

  • Vector Group Ltd.
  • Swedish Match North America LLC
  • Turning Point Brands Inc.
  • Mafco Consolidated Group Inc.
  • North Atlantic Trading Company, Inc.
  • Congar International Corp.
  • American Snuff Company, LLC
  • Commonwealth Brands, Inc.
  • U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company

With knowledge, resources, and dedication, we are ready to help you recover the money you deserve for your physical and emotional suffering from the tobacco companies responsible for your disease. Our company has over 35 years of experience in evaluating product liability claims of injured clients and is bound to provide you with excellent services.

Quality Assistance for People Injured by Tobacco Smoking

Specializing in reviewing product liability claims, our team of professionals will provide you with quality assistance in filing a tobacco claim with one or multiple companies if you are or were a smoker and came to struggle with a related disease.

It is important to know, however, that product liability cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years from the moment of diagnosis, which is why we encourage you to contact our company as soon as possible since the process of evaluating your claim is very complex and challenging.

Despite this, your involvement will be minimal, as you will only have to send our team your medical records and provide us with thorough information regarding your smoking habit. Therefore, you will be able to continue to focus on your health and treatment, as we are aware that the majority of our clients are in great physical and emotional suffering.

Eventually, if you choose to work with Atraxia Law, your tobacco product liability claim will result in considerable financial compensation, which can help you afford superior healthcare and treatment for your disease. For additional information, feel free to contact us and we will gladly answer your questions and address your concerns.

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