10% of the adult population of the United States struggles with COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, occurs in approximately 10% of the adult population of the country, which is very alarming. The primary cause of the disease is tobacco smoking, a habit in which over 34 million people engage at the moment. Because tobacco smoke is very irritating to the airways and the lungs, it can easily result in COPD over the years. According to estimates, it takes 17 years for a person to develop a disease, including COPD, as a consequence of smoking tobacco. Since tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, out of which 69 are carcinogenic, it should come as no surprise that cigarette smoking can lead to COPD and other serious diseases of the respiratory system. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two forms of COPD. Struggling with this disease causes less air flowing through the airways, which is because one or more of the following:
- the airways and the tiny air sacs of the lungs lose their ability to stretch and shrink back
- the walls between the air sacs are damaged
- the walls of the airways become thick and inflamed
- the airways produce more mucus than usual, which can clog them and obstruct airflow
If you notice symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, a persistent cough, fatigue, and difficulty breathing as a smoker, we strongly encourage you to seek medical attention, as you may have developed COPD. After undergoing several tests and exams, you will be assigned a correct diagnosis and, if you have COPD, you can reach out to our legal team to recover the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering from the liable companies. While you may think that filing a claim with a tobacco manufacturer is a futile endeavor, this is far from the truth, as more and more people are seeking compensation from these companies for the terrible diseases they came to struggle with. With over 25 years of professional experience, our attorneys will help you obtain the maximum compensation you are entitled to from tobacco manufacturers if you began smoking before 1964 as a minor, and your diagnosis is not older than two years as these are the eligibility criteria for filing a tobacco claim.