In 1974, Monsanto Company introduced Roundup® to the world. It contains glyphosate, the active ingredient of several commercial herbicides designed for broad-spectrum weed control. In addition, Monsanto developed genetically engineered crops such as soybeans and cotton to be Roundup ready or resistant to glyphosate. As such, farmers were able to use glyphosate as a post-emergent herbicide.
Unfortunately, some farmers used glyphosate at higher doses to kill superweeds in their farms, understandably because this is a much less labor-intensive practice than plowing and handpicking weeds out of the soil. However, at higher concentrations, glyphosate can cause environmental and health damage.
Why Are Roundup Cases on the Rise?
This herbicide doesn't easily vaporize after being sprayed. You can get exposed to glyphosate when it accidentally gets on your skin or eyes while using it, through inhalation, touching plants that are still wet from spraying, or by eating or smoking without properly washing your hands first.
Though short-term exposure to glyphosate isn't a serious concern, scientists are still at crossroads on how much health risk long-term exposure to Roundup causes. Some research suggests that exposure to glyphosate is linked to developing cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), glyphosate as a probably human carcinogen in 2015. However, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said glyphosate does not pose a health risk to humans as long as people use it according to the directions. They even went so far as to state that the chemical doesn't cause cancer in humans.
Effect on Liver and Kidney
Glyphosate enters and leaves the body unaltered. When ingested, it can affect your liver and kidneys. Studies confirmed that dairy cows that ate soybeans with high levels of glyphosate showed higher risks of liver and kidney damage.
Other Concerns about Roundup
Researchers began looking into the impact of the herbicide on expectant mothers and infants in 2017 as they are more susceptible to carcinogens. Food safety tests also revealed the presence of glyphosate in honey, baby food, and oatmeal. People still express their concerns about the health risks associated with Roundup due to USDA's lack of glyphosate testing in food products and the lack of regulation on the use of the herbicide.
Despite the contradicting findings between scientists, people exposed to this chemical such as farmers, landscapers, and gardeners have filed a Roundup cancer lawsuit against Monsanto. Victims filed claims that Monsanto failed to conduct adequate research on the effects of the herbicide on health and its possible association with cancer. Some studies showed that people exposed to glyphosate are at risk of developing Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Large Diffuse B-cell Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Lymphoma, and other types of cancers, thus facing the prospect of paying massive medical bills in the future.
What Factors Influence a Roundup Legal Case?
Time is of the essence when filing a claim concerning Monsanto's Roundup. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a disease following exposure to Roundup, it's important to check your eligibility for your claim as soon as possible. Here are some factors that can affect your case.
#1 Proof of Failure of Monsanto to Provide Health Risk Warning
Previous claims against the company included failure to warn the consumers about the possible risk of glyphosate exposure, negligence, and false advertising. Previous plaintiffs have argued that Monsanto has misinterpreted or ignored safety data that was generally accepted during the manufactures, distribution, and sale of the herbicide. Proofs of the company's failure to provide appropriate warnings that put consumers' health at risk would likely be required in your claim.
#2 Proof of Negligence Concerning Product Design
Aside from the proof of Monsanto's failure to warn consumers, the plaintiff would also have to prove the company was negligent in the product design, and that this negligence resulted in the plaintiff's harm.
#3 Proof That You Used Roundup (Glyphosate)
Gather pieces of evidence that you were exposed to Roundup at work, farm, or at home. These include receipts of purchase, used bottles, standard operating procedures if you've been exposed at work, or landscaping invoices.
#4 Degree and Length of Exposure
Having prolonged exposure to the herbicide continuously for several years may give you a stronger claim. For instance, if you work at a farm that uses the herbicide for several hours at a time, you have a higher chance of winning the case than someone who's only visited a park that used the herbicide on its foliage.
#5 The Duration between Exposure and Your Diagnosis
The court may consider the latency period as the duration of time between your exposure to Roundup and the date of your diagnosis. Usually, lymphoma associated with high-dose exposure to herbicide takes at least two years to develop, according to one study. As such, you need to make sure that the time elapsed between your exposure and diagnosis falls in this category.
#6 Proof of Link Between the Exposure and Your Diagnosis
Scientific data should support that your Roundup exposure resulted in your diagnosed illness. This is arguably the most important evidence you can gather to receive a favorable verdict from the court.
#7 Other Health Comorbidities
Having other health comorbidities that can contribute to the development of cancer or other illness can affect your case significantly. For instance, tobacco smoking, exposure to carcinogens other than glyphosate, history of cancer, taking immunosuppressants, and HIV/AIDS can decrease your chances of gaining financial compensation.
How Can You Pursue a Roundup Case?
If this sounds complex, it is. If you plan on pursuing a claim, you need legal experts on your side. Seek assistance from a firm with a proven track record of winning cases against Roundup. Cooney & Conway lawyers have recovered billions of dollars for our clients in thousands of cases. We believe that people injured due to the wrongful conduct of others deserve full compensation.
If you or a loved one developed Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Large Diffuse B-cell Lymphoma, Follicular Lymphoma, other types of cancer or diseases after using or being exposed to Monsanto's Roundup, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
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