Tobacco Litigation Lawyers in Los Angeles
Understanding Tobacco Litigation in California
In 1998, California signed the Master Settlement Agreement with participating tobacco manufacturers. Forty-five other states also signed the contract, as well as 5 U.S. Territories. The agreement imposed regulations on the tobacco manufacturers’ marketing strategies and obligated them to pay regular fees to participating states.
The Master Settlement Agreement shows California’s recognition of the harmful effects of tobacco and smoking. Tobacco companies have tried to gloss over the facts and misrepresent the health problems associated with their products in the past. Today, California prohibits tobacco companies from advertising to youth, posting outdoor advertisements, and creating brand-name merchandise, among other restrictions.
The harmful effects of tobacco include:
- Coronary diseases
- Lung cancer
- Birth defects
- Loose gums and other dental problems
- Cataracts and eye diseases
- Heart attacks
- Weakened bones
In California, tobacco manufacturers may be held liable for wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits. If you have sustained a disease from tobacco use, or a loved one has passed away from a smoking-related illness, you can file an individual claim against the tobacco company. Furthermore, if you have seen tobacco advertisements in prohibited locations, or ads targeting youth, you can report the incident to the State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.
The Importance of Seeking Compensation
The CDC reports that more than 480,000 people die each year from cigarette smoking. Furthermore, smoking causes about 90% of lung cancer deaths, and about 80% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) deaths. Tobacco is not a harmless substance. It is deadly, and tobacco manufacturers must be held liable for the negative effects of their products.
Tobacco use can result in severe illnesses and debilitative health conditions. Medical treatment is often long-term, and includes medication, surgery, respiratory therapy, and rehab programs. If you or a loved one has suffered from a disease caused by tobacco use, it is important to file a claim as soon as possible against those responsible.
Seek Compensation with the Help of Our Experienced Lawyers
The Los Angeles tobacco litigation attorneys at BD&J have represented hundreds of clients in court. We can request copies of your medical records and build your case against the tobacco manufacturer. From start to finish, our lawyers can discuss your options and provide knowledgeable assistance as you seek the compensation you deserve.
At BD&J, we are dedicated to providing effective solutions for our clients’ legal needs. We have recovered over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and our Los Angeles tobacco litigation lawyers have the experience to handle a variety of complex legal issues. Our track record speaks for itself. If you need tenacious representation in court, we can provide informative, personal services as you seek the compensation you deserve.