For decades, Roundup has been the world’s most widely-used weed killer on the market. From pervasive TV ads to prominent displays in home improvement stores and big-box retailers, it is nearly impossible to ignore Roundup’s market penetration.
However, we now know that Monsanto hid some of the dangerous side effects associated with exposure to Roundup. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that Roundup and other herbicides containing glyphosate are a “probable human carcinogen.” Studies also indicate that Roundup’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, contributes to the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, and other forms of cancer.
Monsanto’s cover-up of this risk makes them liable for any injuries resulting from Roundup exposure. Roundup cancer warnings are now in effect worldwide and the sale and use of Roundup is banned or restricted in many countries, including Belgium, Bermuda, Colombia, Netherlands, and France.
A Roundup lawyer could advise you of your legal rights concerning injuries related to Roundup use. Many courts have already recognized Monsanto’s – and consequently, parent company Bayer’s – liability. Lawsuits nationwide are ongoing, and joining one with an attorney’s help could allow you to demand compensation from the multinational, billion-dollar manufacturer.
Dangers of Roundup Exposure
Roundup remains one of the top weed killers on the market among private landowners, corporate landscaping businesses, and governmental entities. For many people and employees of these organizations, exposure to Roundup remains an everyday occurrence.
The primary ingredient in Roundup, called glyphosate, is a known carcinogen. This means that exposure to this ingredient significantly increases a person’s likelihood of developing cancer.
Exposure to Roundup is specifically connected to the increased likelihood of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This cancer attacks a person’s white blood cells, leaving them more vulnerable to disease or infection. An experienced attorney could provide more information about potential injuries connected to Roundup exposure.
The Legal Basis for a Claim Demanding Compensation
Every maker of every product has a duty to ensure that their product is safe when consumers use it as intended. Unfortunately, Monsanto knew of the dangers associated with prolonged exposure to Roundup but failed to make their findings known to either the government for licensing purposes or to the general public in advertising.
This corporate malfeasance means that Monsanto may be liable for a plaintiff’s losses and injuries if that plaintiff is able to demonstrate a connection between their injuries and the use of Roundup. Some recent Roundup trials resulted in the following verdicts:
May 2019: California jury awards $2 billion to a couple diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup on their home for over 30 years
March 2019: California jury awards $80 million to man diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after years of consistent use of Roundup to treat poison oak, overgrowth, and weeds on his residence
August 2018: California jury awards $289 million to a school groundskeeper who used Roundup on a regular basis for his job
Taking on a massive corporation like Monsanto may intimidate many potential plaintiffs, but an experienced team of attorneys can help level the playing field and provide you a clear path to compensation.
A Roundup Lawyer Could Help with Pursuing Compensation
Monsanto deliberately misled the government and the general public regarding the dangerous side effects of their product. Courts and juries have agreed that Monsanto deliberately hid these effects in the name of profit. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury – specifically non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, or other types of cancer – after using Roundup, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation.
Your potential claim is subject to the statute of limitations and could be barred if not filed timely. Contact an attorney today to learn more.