In 1974, Monsanto released their product Roundup, an herbicide that quickly became widely used in home and commercial settings all throughout America and around the globe. From the beginning, Monsanto – now owned by German multinational company Bayer – has always marketed their product as safe to use by all consumers. However, numerous studies, including a 2015 study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that Roundup contained a possible carcinogen.
The toxicity of the product is said to lie in its key ingredient – glyphosate.
While many nations have responded to these studies by banning the product or issuing out mass-warnings, in the United States, this product is still being sold and utilized by individuals in various industries. Monsanto has continued to deny that its products cause any sort of health issues and continue to assure consumers that Roundup is safe.
Still, Monsanto is now facing thousands of lawsuits by individuals who are alleging that they have been harmed by Roundup products. Research linking the glyphosate-based products to the development of cancer has caused many patients and their families to take legal action against the company.
If you or a loved one have a history of using Roundup and are now suffering from cancer, contact the compassionate Lexington attorneys of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP today at (859) 550-2900 to seek compensation for your glyphosate-induced damages.
Glyphosate in Roundup Linked to Cancer
One of the major organizations to find a correlation between the glyphosate in Roundup and cancer was the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015. That year, the organization conducted a study on five pesticides in order to determine their carcinogenic potential.
Glyphosate was one of the chemicals analyzed in this test, and the investigation led the IARC to label the chemical as a “possible carcinogen to humans” (Group 2A).
However, in opposition to this study, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Glyphosate Proposed Interim Decision. The agency also released a statement making the claim that glyphosate does not pose a risk to public health when used properly and that the chemical is not carcinogenic.
However, the organization’s credibility has come under scrutiny as new studies from all around the world have linked glyphosate with an increased risk of developing cancer. Several of these new studies include:
- The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) releasing a report which supports the claims set forth by the IARC.
- The International Journal of Epidemiology releasing a report that found links between glyphosate and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
- A meta-analysis in the Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research which found a “compelling link” between glyphosate-based herbicides and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Several organizations are arguing that the EPA’s classification of glyphosate disregards proven scientific evidence that has shown the chemical to have a certain level of toxicity.
If you or a loved one are suffering from cancer after having been chronically exposed to Roundup, then you need to contact the experienced Lexington attorneys of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP at (859) 550-2900 for a FREE case evaluation.
Who is at risk of developing cancer from Roundup exposure?
For decades, Monsanto’s Roundup products have been the go-to options for workers and individuals involved in the agricultural and floral industries. Those exposed to or who worked with the dangerous glyphosate-containing herbicide include:
- Agricultural workers/laborers
- Nursery/garden center workers
Even individuals living in communities within close proximity to commercial farms were likely to have suffered from chronic exposure.
If you have been recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or some other form of cancer, and you suspect that your history of exposure to Roundup may have been the cause of your illness, contact the experienced Roundup lawsuit attorneys of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP right now at (859) 550-2900 for a FREE evaluation.
How are people exposed to Roundup?
Individuals exposed to the toxic chemical glyphosate found in Roundup were likely to have come into contact with the chemical via three main ways:
- Dermal Exposure: This is when the chemical comes into contact with the individual’s skin. The vast majority of incidents of exposure occur in this manner and can include splashes, spills, or contact during the repairing/cleaning of equipment. A lack of safety gear could greatly increase the chances of being exposed through dermal exposure.
- Inhalation: Workers using Roundup may have accidentally inhaled the product while spraying the chemical. This includes those living in communities near large scale farms where the product was sprayed; wind could easily spread residue for miles.
- Accidental Oral Exposure: This form of exposure includes:
- The herbicide was placed into an unlabeled bottle or food container and accidentally swallowed.
- The individual used their mouth to clear a spray line or siphon the herbicide.
- The individual had the herbicide still on their hands and then ate, drank, or smoked.
Exposure could even occur within families with individuals working with Roundup; the chemical could remain on the clothing of the individual and then be brought home, exposing the rest of the home’s occupants.
How Exposure to Roundup Could Affect Individuals
The rate of exposure to the carcinogenic herbicide, Roundup, can determine the severity of impact and prevalence of symptoms.
Acute (short term) effects of Roundup exposure could include:
- Neurological symptoms
- Gastrointestinal issues
Chronic (long term) effects of exposure to Roundup has been linked to:
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Exposure to glyphosate has also been linked to a wide variety of other health issues including:
- Birth defects
- Breast, lung, and prostate cancers
- Heart disease
- Reproductive problems
- Respiratory illnesses
It is worth noting that genetics and other environmental factors also play huge roles in the development of the previously mentioned health issues, and that Roundup is not always the cause of these conditions.
If you or someone you love has developed cancer or any of the conditions mentioned above, and you believe chronic exposure to Roundup played a part, seek out a professional diagnosis to determine the true cause.
Then contact our Lexington Roundup lawsuit attorneys at (859) 550-2900 for a FREE case evaluation.
Roundup and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
As previously mentioned, research has found connections between the chemical glyphosate found in Roundup products and an increased risk of developing certain cancers – including lymphoma-type cancers, especially non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system. In NHL, tumors begin to develop in a type of white blood cells known as lymphocytes.
Healthy lymphocytes will die and new ones will be created to replace them. However, in those suffering from NHL, these white blood cells do NOT die and instead continue to divide. This growth in lymphocytes can have serious health consequences.
While the symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma will vary from person to person, some of the most common signs include:
- Painless swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, groin, or underarm
- Heavy night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
- Severe itchiness
- Red patches on the skin
- Abdominal pain
- Coughing or shortness of breath
- Cognitive issues (i.e. confusion, personality changes, concentration problems)
It is absolutely essential that you seek out medical attention if you notice that you or a loved one are suffering from any of the previously mentioned symptoms.
Compensation Available from a Roundup Lawsuit
For decades, Monsanto has advertised Roundup as a safe product for users worldwide. But studies show otherwise.
If you have been exposed to Roundup and have developed certain cancers like non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, our Lexington Roundup lawsuit and product liability attorneys will diligently fight to help you secure the following forms of compensation, including but not limited to:
- Economic Damages
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Future economic losses
- Non-Economic Damages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Although the non-economic damages can be harder to calculate, these expenses are considered because the impact of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can extend beyond upfront costs. The effect of cancer on the quality of life and one’s daily routine can reveal itself as health complications further develop.
Our attorneys are uniquely positioned to help individuals that have fallen victim to Roundup-related cancer. Although the hardships that are associated with a cancer diagnosis are insurmountable, we can help you and your family seek damages to handle medical expenses and beyond, so that you may focus on healing.
Do not suffer alone. Seek justice and financial recovery with the help of the knowledgeable Roundup cancer lawsuit attorneys of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP in Lexington.
Steps to Building a Strong Roundup Lawsuit
Seek medical attention and receive proper treatment.
If you are experiencing any health complications such as the swelling of lymph nodes, and have a history of glyphosate exposure, then you may be suffering from Roundup-related cancer. A professional medical assessment is the only sure way to get a proper diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, consult a knowledgeable Roundup attorney to take the next step towards recovery.
Keep a record of exposure, occupational and/or personal.
Those with an occupational history in agriculture may have faced substantial Roundup exposure. Frequent personal garden or yard tending may have also put consumers at risk for exposure. Seek help now.
Contact an experienced products liability attorney.
The Lexington Roundup lawsuit attorneys at Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP can assist you with the following:
- Thorough forensic investigation.
- In-depth medical history evaluation.
- Assistance from a team of medical and research specialists.
- Personalized attention.
- A team capable of taking your case to court and successfully litigating it.
Although no amount of money can ever erase the negative experiences you have suffered from Roundup-related cancer, we hope to alleviate any financial burdens and help recoup losses related to your glyphosate-exposure. You and your family deserve justice.
The Lexington product liability attorneys of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP hope to serve you in your Roundup cancer lawsuit by providing years of successful litigation combined with individualized attention to your case.