Personal injury lawsuits are a possibility for people who have suffered a serious injury at the hands of a negligent or legally liable person or entity. This can be a relief when someone is looking at a long and potentially expensive period of recovery after an unexpected accident.
A rather unusual personal injury case may be playing out in Illinois’ capital as an effort to punish a tobacco company for issues related to their business practices. A St. Louis man had originally tried to sue for the health effects of the company’s products and failed to make the case an economic issue.
Now, the case involves the claim that the company promoted the benefits for smokers’ health enjoyed with light and low tar variations. The plaintiff says that smokers got no benefits, and the company owes smokers the difference between the price of normal cigarettes and the promoted labels.
A related question is the legislation of possible marijuana use if Illinois determines to decriminalize the drug. If it is a legal determination that a substance causes bodily harm, its marketing may constitute personal injury if it contains claims that harm is not done or a specific variation does less harm without evidence.
Victims of injuries caused by other people or the survivors of people killed in accidents may have a case for financial damages that can help with recovery from a difficult experience. An attorney can help people work out the right options to get reimbursement of medical expenses, compensation for emotional distress and other required financial help after an injury.