During the past decade, many people have attempted to hold tobacco manufacturers liable for wrongful death, injury, and even medical expenses related to cigarette smoking and the use of tobacco. The dangers of smoking have been widely documented in recent years. In fact, in 2006 the Florida Supreme Court ruled that smoking tobacco can result in a series of cancers and other illnesses.

Who Is Eligible to Sue Tobacco Companies?

Lawsuits against tobacco companies can be brought by individuals or as class actions lawsuits:

Individual Claims

If you have suffered an injury as a result of smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke, you can file a lawsuit against the tobacco companies. Furthermore, if a family member has passed away as a result of a smoking-related illness, you can sue the tobacco companies on behalf of both yourself and the deceased’s estate.

However, you cannot sue if you have not suffered any ill effects from tobacco products. Even if you have been smoking for 50 years, and are therefore a prime candidate to get a smoking-related illness, you cannot sue until you actually develop that illness.

Class Action Lawsuit

Class action lawsuits are legal actions where a number of claimants file a lawsuit against the company or corporation together as a group. Class actions lawsuits against tobacco companies have historically done better than individual suits.

Do I Need an Attorney to Sue Tobacco Companies?

In order to successfully bring a tobacco lawsuit, you should contact an experienced tobacco litigation or product liability lawyer. If you are part of an undecided class action tobacco lawsuit and are considering to opt out of the class action lawsuit or to be a part of the lawsuit, you need to contact a qualified attorney who can inform you on what would be your.