Roundup Investigations and Lawsuits: What You Need to Know
In recent years, Roundup has been one of the most popular weed-killing products used across the United States. Specifically, Roundup has been used as a broad-spectrum herbicide to kill weeds that threaten healthy crop growth. Recently, however, lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto (the creator of Roundup) due to findings that the ingredient glyphosphate is causing health problems—particularly Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL).
If you have come into contact with Roundup and have been diagnosed with NHL, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Our firm is currently accepting and investigating new cases and offers free initial consultations with those in Maryland who may have been harmed by dangerous chemicals.
The World Health Organization’s cancer research agency has categorized Roundup as a “probable human carcinogen,” with studies having linked it to the development of NHL as well as other medical problems, such as leukemia and myeloma. The European Union has even taken steps toward banning and recalling the product across Europe.
In a 2016 California lawsuit, a federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Monsanto by a man who had worked with Roundup and was subsequently diagnosed with NHL. More lawsuits have been filed by others who have come into contact with the weed killer and suffered from adverse health conditions, such as leukemia and even bone cancer. More civil actions are expected.
Who’s at Risk?
Anybody who has come into contact with the harmful ingredients in Roundup could be at risk of developing NHL, leukemia, or other related health problems. However, current research has found that those most likely to suffer these adverse effects are farmers, landscapers, and commercial gardeners who used the commercial-grade (strongest formula) of Roundup in the past. Still, even those who have used weaker formulas of the chemical could be at risk.
Even if you cannot recall having ever used the product on your own lawn, it is possible that you may have eaten foods (such as produce) that could have contained trace amounts of the weed killer. This is possible in cases where crops were contaminated by small amounts of the weed killer itself and then were consumed by humans. The USDA has recently begun testing for Roundup residue in foods as a result of these recent findings and lawsuits.
More About Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that is caused by exposure to certain chemicals, such as the glyphosate found in weed-killing products such as Roundup. When a person develops this type of cancer, the white blood cells are attacked and levels drop, resulting in a dangerous weakening of the immune system. Most often, this type of cancer develops in the lymph nodes, although it can be present in other areas of the body as well.
Some of the most common symptoms of NHL include swollen lymph nodes, sudden weight loss, night sweats, and ongoing fatigue. Many people with this type of cancer also experience coughing, breathing problems, and/or chest pain. NHL is treatable, but the specific course of treatment can vary greatly depending on the severity of the cancer and how far it has spread.
For example, in some cases , doctors may hold off on treatment until it becomes medically necessary. However, for those whose cancer has spread, the cancer can be aggressive and therefore require aggressive and swift treatment.
Chemotherapy is one of the most common treatments for NHL, though radiation therapy is also commonly used. In some cases, a stem cell transplant may be a patient’s best treatment option, and medications specifically formulated to help strengthen the immune system can also be helpful during treatment.
When to Speak to a Lawyer
If you have been diagnosed with NHL, leukemia, or a type of bone cancer and you believe it may have been caused by exposure to Roundup, then you may have the grounds for a lawsuit. The same applies if a loved one has recently passed away as a result of one of these diseases. It is possible that you could receive compensation for your damages, including medical treatments, pain and suffering, and the like. However, you should not put off setting up a case evaluation as statutes of limitation (deadlines) do apply.
The Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler is currently taking on cases related to Roundup and NHL or other diseases known to be caused by probable carcinogens in weed-killing products. If you believe you or a loved one may fall into this category, we encourage you to set up an appointment with our legal team today so we can begin gathering the details of your case for review and provide you with legal guidance. We will work to protect your rights and keep your best interests in mind as we seek damages from the responsible parties in your case. Call The Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler of Baltimore, Maryland, today for a free initial consultation by calling (410) 625-4878, or use our online form.