Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit and Complications
Experts have found that one of the components of a widely used chemical weed killer, Roundup, can have a disastrous effect on one’s life. Research has determined that one of the components of the weed killer, glyphosate, is a possible human carcinogen. Those who have used Roundup in their gardens at home or while performing their professional duties as a landscaper, farmer, or agricultural worker may have an increased risk of cancer due to exposure to glyphosate (a substance that is so likely to cause cancer it has been banned in most countries). Across the United States, people who have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of exposure to Roundup or glyphosate herbicide are making the decision to file a Roundup lawsuit.
What is Roundup?
In the 1970s, the Monsanto Corporation first began marketing Roundup as a cheap and effective method of weed control. It is very a very popular all-purpose weed killer, owing its popularity to its efficacy at killing plants that agricultural workers and farmers believe to be invasive. By 2001, Roundup was the most used weed killer in American agriculture, with approximately 85 to 90 million pounds used each year. That number reached 185 million pounds by 2007, and it still remains the most widely used herbicide in the United States and globally.
Since entering the market, Monsanto has insisted in public that Roundup is not a carcinogen. However, research shows that Monsanto has known for decades that Roundup weed killer is a human carcinogenic, but allegedly buried the risks so it would not impact sales of the herbicide on the global consumer and commercial market. In March 2015, the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was identified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, better known as IARC. This research convinced many countries, such as France and Germany, to make it illegal for Roundup to be sold within their borders.
Despite the fact that it cannot be sold in many countries, agrochemical giant Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) continues to market Roundup in the United States, and an amount in excess of one billion pounds being sold every year. Many people may have been exposed to the potentially deadly chemical glyphosate, which increases the risk for development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The crisis is exacerbated due to the variety of different ways and places that Roundup is used. Certain herbicides are only used in an agricultural setting, so a person who does not work with such chemicals in a professional setting can easily avoid exposure. Unfortunately, this is not true with Roundup, which is directly marketed to consumers as well as to commercial farmers, and as a result, is commonly used in home gardens.
How Are People Exposed to Roundup?
Roundup weed killer is so pervasive in homes and farms around the globe that any individual can easily be exposed to it. Exposure to Roundup or other herbicides containing glyphosate most commonly occurs by:
• Breathing in air near an area that is sprayed;
• Touching plants that are sprayed;
• Drinking from a water supply that is contaminated; and
• Eating food that is grown in treated soil.
You are at risk of exposure to glyphosate whether you live in a rural area, city, or suburb.
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
Numerous scientific studies have shown a causal relationship between exposure to Roundup weed killer or glyphosate and an increased risk of different types of cancer, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia, hairy cell leukemia, and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (this type of cancer effecting the lymphatic system is most commonly associated with Roundup lawsuits). There is also evidence that Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effects of glyphosate and caused other serious health conditions. For example, one French research team discovered that exposure to Roundup may cause digestive problems and interfere with hormone production vital to healthy pregnancies.
People who are afflicted with cancers caused by glyphosate face a variety of uncomfortable and painful common symptoms, which may make it difficult or impossible for them to complete common tasks. Typical symptoms include fatigue and fever, bruising, coughing, chest pain and trouble breathing, sweating during the night, and inexplicable loss of weight. If you have been experiencing these or similar symptoms, it is important to see a qualified medical provider at your earliest possible convenience.
What Is a Roundup Lawsuit?
While Monsanto still insists that Roundup is not carcinogenic, people who have been exposed to the herbicide and later developed cancer have been awarded damages by the courts. The Superior Court of California awarded a school groundskeeper a large sum of money in August 2018. The plaintiff in this case was exposed to Roundup during the course of his professional duties as a groundskeeper, which damaged his cells and caused him to develop terminal cancer. The court found that there was enough evidence to support the claim that Roundup caused the illness of the groundskeeper and that Monsanto was aware of the potential risk to the groundskeeper if he used the product. To compensate him for the damages he incurred due to his exposure to Roundup, the court awarded him an amount in excess of $200 million.
It is important to note that not every person exposed to Roundup will qualify to bring an action against Monsanto for damages as a result of a Monsanto Roundup lawsuit. However, if a person developed a certain variety of cancer in the wake of exposure to Roundup, it is possible they may qualify to bring a claim under a products liability or negligence theory. If your loved one has died due to Roundup weedkiller, then under certain circumstances, you may be able to bring a lawsuit alleging wrongful death. Those who suspect they may have a case should consider contacting an attorney with experience in this particular and highly specialized body of toxic tort law.
For some individuals, the best opportunity to recover damages for the harm that they have suffered as a consequence of exposure to Roundup will come in the form of filing a Roundup lawsuit. To find out more about how to file a Monsanto lawsuit contact a qualified legal team.