Lawsuits filed by farmers and home gardeners alike have popped up across the nation for illnesses caused by Roundup, a popular herbicide. Each year, roughly 250 million pounds of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, are sprayed in nurseries, gardens, crops, and the like. Unfortunately, studies have linked glyphosate to the development of dangerous cancers like non-Hodgkin lymphoma. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Roundup weed killer, you may have a claim to compensation.
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Roundup is an herbicide created and produced by Monsanto. The most-used weed killer and pesticide worldwide, Roundup is used by large agricultural farms, at-home gardeners, and everyone in between. After reports of illnesses caused by the chemical, The World Health Organization conducted a study to ascertain the potential health risks caused by exposure to Roundup. In 2015 the organization declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen. In response to these findings, Monsanto conducted their own research, claiming their product was not dangerous, though the data was later found to be falsified.
Research by The International Journal of Cancer confirmed that those exposed to Roundup on a regular basis were twice as likely to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a blood cancer. While this cancer is the most commonly contracted disease from those effected by glyphosate, it has been known to cause other illnesses.
Roundup has been linked to the following diseases:
Individuals exposed to Roundup on a daily basis, such as farm workers, face the highest risk, though anyone exposed to it could be effected. Activities such as mixing the herbicide solution, cleaning it up, spraying it, having it sprayed onto you, breathing in the spray, or eating or drinking something exposed to it can be risky.
Numerous consumers have filed lawsuits against Monsanto for failing to warn the public about the dangers of exposure to Roundup. The company is now facing a multidistrict litigation, or a mass tort, for knowing the health risks involved and failing to notify anyone of the dangers for more than 30 years. The claims also argue that Monsanto produced a dangerous product and did not exhibit care when making and testing the weed killer. Those diagnosed with cancers like non-Hodgkins lymphoma claim the company’s failure to exhibit care when producing and distributing Roundup led to their development of cancer.
If you were diagnosed with a blood cancer or another illness after exposure to Roundup, you may have a claim against Monsanto. Compensation for qualifying parties may include current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and punitive damages.
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