If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Roundup weed killer, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit.
Roundup weed killer products, manufactured and marketed by Monsanto (now Bayer) have been implicated in hundreds of cancer injury claims. Studies have found that the weed killer contains glyphosate, a chemical that is associated with increased risk of cancer, including Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
Several lawsuits have been filed and courts are concluding that Monsanto compromised the safety of its customers by failing to warn them about Roundup risk and marketing the product as safe. In three of these Roundup cancer lawsuits, juries have awarded plaintiffs hundreds of millions of dollars for their Roundup-related injuries.
At Nguyen & Associates, our attorneys have been investigating the situation surrounding Monsanto and its product, Roundup. We are currently accepting claims from people that have received a cancer diagnosis after exposure to the weed killer.
If you or a loved one received a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or any other circulatory cancer diagnosis following Roundup exposure, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Call us today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Roundup cancer attorneys.
Roundup and glyphosate
Roundup is one of the most popular products of Monsanto, an agrochemical company purchased by Bayer in 2018. The glyphosate-based herbicide is generally used in homes, farms and gardens around the US as a weed killer.
Monsanto has produced several formulations of Roundup, marketed under different brand names including:
- Roundup weed and grass killer
- Roundup Concentrate
- Roundup for Lawns
- Roundup Transorb HC
- Roundup WeatherMAX
However, the main chemical used in the products, glyphosate, has been linked to several forms of circulatory cancer. The chemical works by inhibiting the production of a specific enzyme in weeds (ESP synthase) that allows it to break down food. This causes the death and degradation of weeds without its ability to feed.
However, glyphosate is also very toxic for humans and other mammals. It can cause a range of symptoms upon exposure, including:
- Unpleasant taste
- Oral and nasal discomfort
- Burning of the skin
- Circulatory cancer
- Serious organ failure or even death, when ingested
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma caused by glyphosate
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that occurs in a person’s lymphocytes and weakens the body’s ability to fight diseases. These lymphocytes are part of the vascular system, which carries blood, oxygen and nutrients around the body.
The Mayo Clinic explains that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can be fatal and the symptoms of this cancer usually include:
- Painless swelling in the neck, armpits and groin
- Night sweat
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing
The severity of this cancer often depends on its stage of development. Stage I and II are quite troublesome and will include cancerous cells affecting one or two lymph node regions or one organ as well. When the cancer progresses to Stage III or IV, it gets more serious and may affect several organs and tissues.
There are several subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and they can include the following:
- Mantle cell lymphoma
- Follicular lymphoma
- Burkitt’s lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
- CNS lymphoma
Monsanto liability for Roundup injury claims
Increasing studies are indicating that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup may be responsible for cancer diagnosis in several users of the product. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic”. Although the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that glyphosate does not cause cancer, other studies indicate differently.
The Journal of Mutation Research indicates that high exposure to glyphosate, such as daily use of Roundup, increases the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis by 41%.
The question though is: after 45 years of being in the market and billions of dollars in sales, why is Roundup only being linked to cancer now? The answer lies in evidence from internal Monsanto emails, reports, text messages and testimonies that show the company was hiding evidence that would have implicated its product.
One study published in the International Journal of Risk for Safety in Medicine concluded that “[i]f the company had confidence in the safety of its products, there would be no need for such behavior, but it is obvious that there are problems that Monsanto needs to conceal.”
Commenting on this conduct, the court in re Roundup Prod. Liabl. Littig., No. 16-MD-02741-VC, 2019 WL 1084170, at *3 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 7, 2019) held that “… there is strong evidence from which a jury could conclude that Monsanto does not particularly care whether its product is in fact giving cancer…”
Due to this alleged deceit and the company’s refusal to take responsibility for the possible defects in its products, hundreds of claims have now been filed to secure justice for customers who have been injured as a result.
How do you know you have a claim?
If you have been exposed to Roundup, either directly or indirectly, and received a cancer diagnosis as a result, you may have a claim.
You may have been at risk through direct exposure if you spent time spraying Roundup without adequate protection to your body. Inadvertent contact with the skin through splatter and the mist from spray may be absorbed through the skin, mouth, nose and eyes.
If you have spent a lot of time either working in your garden using this product or in the course of your job as a farmer or gardener, you may have had chronic low-dose or high-dose short term exposure.
Many people experience indirect exposure to glyphosate on a daily basis. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that the traces of Roundup in humans has increased by more than 500% in the last two decades. If Roundup is being used around you, there may be indirect exposure through the soil, ground water, air, rain or food.
With sufficient levels of exposure, Roundup weed killer may be dangerous to you and may have caused your cancer diagnosis. If you suspect that you are now suffering non-Hodgkin’s lymphatic cancer or other circulatory cancer because you used Roundup, you may have a claim for damages.
Contact Nguyen Law Firm today
We are currently accepting cases from people who may have been exposed to a cancer diagnosis due to Monsanto’s Roundup product. If you or your loved one was affected, contact the Roundup cancer attorneys at Nguyen & Associates to schedule a free, no-risk consultation today.