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Roundup is a popular herbicide that has been used to kill weeds and grass on millions of acres for decades. It continues to be the most widely used herbicide in the world, with more than $6 billion in annual global revenue. Every year over 250 million pounds of it is sprayed on lawns, gardens, parks, playgrounds, and other areas where it is needed.
Users of the Weed Killer Roundup May Get Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
The weed killer Roundup may cause cancer even though it has been used for decades by landscapers, agricultural workers, and homeowners. It seems to do a remarkable job of killing weeds and other plants. Unfortunately, exposure to Roundup has also significantly exposed users to the active ingredient glyphosate, a cancer-causing chemical and a major ingredient of the product.
Overview of Roundup Lawsuits
Thousands of Roundup users have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, which was the original manufacturer of Roundup until it was purchased in 2018 by the “big pharma” company Bayer AG. The lawsuits allege that the manufacturer knew that glyphosate was a carcinogen but continued using it as an ingredient in Roundup Weed Killer without warning the public about the risk of developing cancer due to glyphosate exposure when using Roundup. As a result, the plaintiffs allege they developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a sometimes fatal cancer.
Some of the cases have gone to trial where juries have awarded billions of dollars in damages to the plaintiffs. For example, a husband and wife, both of whom developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup for more than 30 years, received $2 billion. Another cancer victim received $80 million.
Since the massive jury awards, approximately 80 percent of Roundup cases have been settled out of court.
Each case is different, and the amount of the damages is determined by the specific facts of the individual plaintiff. Roundup has not always lost in court. In two cases, the jury determined that the Roundup exposure did not cause the plaintiff’s cancer.
Bayer AG has established a fund to pay claims of those who prove their cancer was caused by their use of Roundup, but there is a time limit on when you must file your claim. Do not let that time run out.
At The Ferraro Law Firm, our Roundup attorneys have the experience you need to help you recover all the damages to which you are legally entitled. Contact us as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.
The Roundup attorneys at The Ferraro Law Firm recently settled a Roundup lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. We continue to fight for our other clients who have suffered due to their exposure to the glyphosate used in Roundup products.
What Are the Grounds for a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit?
You may file a personal injury claim alleging you contracted cancer because you used Roundup and were exposed to glyphosate. Loved ones of someone who died from cancer which developed due to the use of Roundup can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The grounds for the lawsuit are:
- You were diagnosed with cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, B-Cell Lymphoma, Folicular Lymphoma, or T-Cell Lymphoma (or the loved one who died was diagnosed with one of these cancers).
- You (or your loved one who died) used Roundup at least 10 times at your residence.
- You (or your loved one who died) routinely used Roundup as part of your occupation.
- You (or your loved one who died) used Roundup for agricultural purposes.
Those who are consistently exposed to Roundup have the greatest health risk of contracting cancer. Examples are those employed as:
- Avid gardeners,
- Nursery workers.
- Garden center employees.
What is the Evidence That Roundup Causes Cancer?
Roundup, including the herbicide glyphosate, has been used since the 1970s. Glyphosate is not plant specific, and kills all crops it comes into contact with.
As early as 2008, researchers studied Swedish citizens who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after exposure to pesticides. The research concluded that exposure to glyphosate doubled a person’s chances of developing this type of cancer.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, declared a new classification of glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic.” The IARC came to this conclusion after 17 researchers from 11 different countries evaluated approximately 1,000 case studies and reviewed all available published scientific evidence concerning glyphosate as well as four other herbicides going back 32 years.
The IARC is not alone in concluding that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic. Other researchers, such as those at the University of Washington in 2019, have come to the same conclusion: Exposure to glyphosate increases the potential links to cancer. Specifically, the cancer risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma increases by more than 40 percent.
What is Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
According to the American Cancer Society, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the white blood cells (lymphocytes), which are part of the body’s immune system. The lymph system helps the body fight infections and to move fluids throughout the body.
There are different types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and treatment depends on what type of cancer it is. There are many risk factors associated with the development of lymphocytic leukemia, one of which is exposure to chemicals such as glyphosate used in the herbicide, Roundup.
How Much Does It Cost to File a Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit?
As with any personal injury lawsuit, there are no attorney fees unless you are awarded compensation either after a jury trial or by way of settlement. During your free consultation, your Roundup attorneys at The Ferraro Law Firm will explain to you how this works.
What is the Average Payout for Roundup Lawsuits?
The punitive damages collected by each plaintiff are unique to that person’s circumstances. Some factors that are considered in determining the payout you will receive include:
- Your diagnosis and extent of your illness.
- The prognosis and prospects for your recovery including your life expectancy.
- The amount and cost of medical care you have already received.
- Your need for ongoing treatment.
- Whether you will be able to continue working now or in the future as a result of your Roundup-caused illness and the amount of wages you have lost due to your illness and inability to work.
- The effect the disease and treatment have on your daily life, including whether you can care for your family or participate in activities and hobbies.
- The extent of your physical pain.
- The extent of your emotional pain and suffering.
Are You Eligible to File a Roundup Lawsuit?
If you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma caused by Roundup, you may be eligible to file a Roundup lawsuit. Contact our Roundup attorneys at The Ferraro Law Firm for a free case evaluation. There is a time limit for filing your lawsuit. Do not wait. Call us now to schedule your free consultation.