Randy Rosenblum, of the Miami law firm Freidin, Dobrinsky, Brown & Rosenblum, and Alex Alvarez and Phillip Holden of The Alvarez Law Firm successfully took on tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds.
MIAMI, FL, October 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- A Miami-Dade jury recently returned a $10 million verdict in favor of William Crawford, a 78-year-old man who speaks with an electrolarynx device after his larynx was removed due to laryngeal cancer. Randy Rosenblum, of the Miami law firm Freidin, Dobrinsky, Brown & Rosenblum
, and Alex Alvarez and Phillip Holden of The Alvarez Law Firm successfully handled the two-week trial in the tobacco liability case against R.J. Reynolds.
The plaintiff, William Crawford of Stuart, contracted laryngeal cancer in the early 1990s, shortly after quitting smoking. Crawford began smoking when he was 7 and was a regular smoker by the age of 15, during a time when smoking was common among his peers and relatives. When warnings of the dangers of smoking began to surface in the 1960s, Crawford switched to filtered cigarettes, based on the assertions of Big Tobacco that they were a safer alternative at the time.
Rosenblum, Alvarez and Holden were able to prove that R.J. Reynolds marketed and sold a dangerous and defective product and concealed serious health consequences it knew about in order to increase profits and ultimately its bottom line. The Florida trial attorneys were able to rely on jury findings from the decertified Engle class action in persuading the current jury that R.J. Reynolds should be held responsible for Mr. Crawford's cancer, including:
1- Cigarettes that contain nicotine are addictive.
2- Several deadly diseases - from aortic aneurysm to lung cancer - are caused by smoking.
3- Cigarette companies conspired to keep the public in the dark about the true health dangers of smoking.
Crawford was awarded $9 million in compensatory damages to cover his pain, suffering, physical impairment and disfigurement and $1 million in punitive damages.
The case is William Crawford v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
This is the second tobacco-related lawsuit that Miami attorneys Randy Rosenblum and Alex Alvarez have successfully taken to verdict against R.J. Reynolds in 2013. In March, Rosenblum, Alvarez and firm partner Philip Freidin earned a $3.48 million verdict for the surviving family members of Phil J. Marotta; he succumbed to smoking-related lung cancer in 1994.
To learn more about Florida litigator Randy Rosenblum, please visit the firm's website at www.freidindobrinsky.com
. With three offices throughout South Florida, Freidin, Dobrinsky, Brown & Rosenblum offers legal representation and litigation counsel to individuals and families facing serious personal injury caused by medical malpractice, car accidents, defective products and dangerous drugs or those who have lost a loved one to any of those causes.
The firm offers a free consultation and can be reached online
or at 800-815-6232.