If you believe that you developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after continuous use of the weed killer Roundup, you could speak to a skilled personal injury attorney about the potential for civil litigation. Increasingly, consumers have argued that the active ingredient in the weed killer, glyphosate, has been associated with significantly higher cancer risk.
Several lawsuits have already been filed against Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, arguing that everyone from home gardeners to farm workers were exposed to unnecessary cancer risk. If this describes your situation, speaking with a Roundup lawyer could give you clarity on your next steps.
Roundup was first developed in 1970, and since then, it has become the most popularly used herbicide around the globe. Due to its effectiveness at killing weeds, Roundup has been broadly adopted for commercial, military, and home use. However, a growing number of those consumers believe that the glyphosate inside the product could cause cancer with continuous exposure.
Multiple lawsuits were filed by landscapers, farmers, home gardeners, and farm workers, arguing that glyphosate caused them to develop various forms of cancer, most commonly non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
A jury recently awarded $80 million in damages after a California man argued that Roundup caused his cancer. Monsanto continues to argue that glyphosate-based herbicides are not carcinogenic and have no impact on the health and safety of users. However, environmental working groups and safety advocates argue that the manufacturer has understated the serious risks heath risks associated with Roundup.
In July 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer stated that glyphosate is a group 2A agent, which means it is likely carcinogenic to humans. At that point in time, the IARC specifically connected Roundup to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and related subtypes, including B-cell lymphoma, lymphocytic leukemia, hairy cell leukemia, and lymphocytic lymphoma.
A February 2019 study found that glyphosate inside herbicides increases the risk of cancer following exposure by as much as 41 percent. More studies are in the works to discover the strength of the link between glyphosate and the development of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, but some consumers have already taken legal action. These users have accused Monsanto of knowing about the dangers of continuous exposure and of failing to notify the public about the possibility of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Monsanto continues to defend its product, despite a growing number of claims about the dangers of glyphosate. Although litigation against a large corporation can feel intimidating, injured consumers have had success holding Monsanto accountable for its actions.
If you believe your cancer was caused by Roundup weed killer, you should consider consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney. If Monsanto’s negligence caused you harm, you should not be responsible for your resulting medical expenses and lost wages. A Roundup lawyer could analyze your situation to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. If so, they could fight tirelessly for the compensation you deserve. Call today to set up a consultation.