Roundup was a revolutionary product the moment it hit the market in the 1970s. In fact, it is still the most widely used herbicide and weed controller on the market today.
Over 250 million pounds are sprayed each year on lawns, gardens, parks, playgrounds, and more. More than $6 billion in revenue is generated every year for its manufacturer.
But we now know that with long-term exposure, Roundup can cause cancer. As a result, attorneys have filed thousands of lawsuits on behalf of injured users.
Here is everything you need to know about how attorneys are holding Monsanto (Roundup’s manufacturer) accountable, and what you can do if you think you might have a case.
What is Roundup?
While Monsanto, the original manufacturer of Roundup, has marketed the product as safe for consumers, the World Health Organization says there is a link between the key active ingredient, glyphosate, and cancer. Roundup is used both commercially and residentially, and injuries have been linked to both categories of users.
Attorneys Say It Comes Down To Product Liability
The issue surrounding Monsanto that is of the most interest to Roundup attorneys is product liability, which refers to the liability of all parties along the chain of manufacture of any product for damage caused by that product. There are several kinds of product liability.
Many of the initial lawsuits over allegations of toxicity have yet to be resolved in the courts, but mass tort lawyers claim that Monsanto did not do enough to warn the public about the possibility of medical problems from exposure.
Negligence is when a company does not practice a reasonable standard of care toward consumers. Monsanto has a legal responsibility to inform consumers about the dangers of Roundup. Reports show they were aware of the cancer-causing chemicals and continued to sell the product anyway.
And this, in the eyes of Roundup attorneys, constitutes negligence.
Cancers Associated with Roundup Use
Roundup attorneys have linked several types of cancers to Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s) product:
- Colon cancer
- Breast cancer
- Bone cancer
- Liver cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
But non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the focus for most Roundup litigation. In 2019, researchers at University of Washington concluded that glyphosate increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41 percent.
Though the chance of developing this type of cancer is still low, anyone who regularly works with weed or grass killers containing glyphosate is at increased risk.
Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma falls under two subtypes: B-cells and T-cells. B-cells produce antibodies that fight infection in the body. T-cells directly kill the infection in the body. When either of these cells are infected, or symptoms persist, you must speak with a medical professional.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, seek medical help immediately:
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Abdominal pain
- Night sweats
- Painless, swollen neck, armpit or groin lymph nodes
- Continuous fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
Symptoms of Roundup Exposure
There are several key symptoms to look out for if you believe you were exposed to Roundup for long periods of time. They include, but are not limited to:
- Skin irritation
- Eye irritation
- Increased salivation
- Burns in the mouth and throat
Cancer Lawsuit Settlements From Roundup Use
Monsanto points to findings from the Environmental Protection Agency that their product is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans”.
However, thousands of users—especially commercial users—have developed cancer. Monsanto has a responsibility to warn users of potential hazards, and many believe their negligence is grounds for legal action.
Damages could include compensation for mental suffering, physical pain, loss of enjoyment of life, lost earning capacity, anxiety, grief, physical impairment and emotional distress. In the event of death, surviving family members could be entitled to wrongful death damages.
In 2019 a jury ordered the Roundup maker to pay more than $80 million in damages to a man who used the product for 30 years. 2020 also brought major settlements in Roundup lawsuits, when over 100,000 cases were settled with Monsanto and Bayer.
One jury went on record to ask a Monsanto representative to drink Roundup after they insinuated the product was safe enough to drink. The representative did not drink the Roundup—and the jury took note of the bluff.
Roundup Attorneys Keep Fighting For Justice
More cases continue to be filed against Monsanto and Bayer, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be leaving this negative image behind them any time soon.
If you or a loved one suffers from health problems related to Roundup, contact BK Law today to speak with an experienced lawyer who can answer your questions and explain your legal rights. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and represent all clients on a contingent fee basis, meaning you pay no out-of-pocket fees or costs unless we successfully resolve your claim.
BK Law has devoted its time and resources to assisting clients with illness related to this controversial product. Call us today.