Roundup is a common weed killer that has been widely used throughout the world for the past few decades. The popular weed killer has proven to be one of the most effective herbicides, fending off even the strongest of weeds. However, a significant influx of thousands of cancer-related glyphosate lawsuits filed throughout the United States demonstrates that the active ingredient in Roundup, called “glyphosate,” is linked to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), a potentially fatal cancer. While Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, denies that there is a link between glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, scientific data, and recently also juries, suggest otherwise.
Montlick & Associates is investigating potential Roundup Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer claims to help victims and their families pursue monetary compensation against the makers of Roundup. Montlick & Associates and affiliated co-counsel handle product liability cases that involve consumer products, defective pharmaceutical medications, medical devices, asbestos and others. Our firm also handles slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, construction accidents, auto accidents, and workers’ compensation, and other personal injury matters.
At Montlick & Associates, we fight hard to help our clients recover monetary compensation for the injuries they received through no fault of their own. If you believe RoundUp has caused you or a loved one to develop Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, please contact our Roundup Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer attorneys to discuss your potential case. You may be entitled to valuable compensation for medical expenses, lost income, disability, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call us nationwide 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is a subdivision of the World Health Organization (WHO), glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, is a probable carcinogen. Unfortunately, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not recognized IARC's position. Rather, it is being alleged that Monsanto has influenced the EPA to raise the limits of “safe” glyphosate levels in the United States to ensure that the company can continue selling Roundup. Consumers rely on government agencies like the EPA and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure the products they purchase and consume are safe. However, it is being reported that since Roundup is being used on crops to fend off weeds, that the active ingredient, glyphosate, may be penetrating food products. For example, reports say that glyphosate has been found in popular cereals, such as Quaker Oatmeal and Cheerios, as well as wines and beers.
It is important to remember that Roundup is the name brand weed killer that has glyphosate as an active ingredient. There are other brands of glyphosate which are considered generic, not unlike generic drugs that are cheaper than brand-name drugs. Therefore, even if a person did not use brand-name Roundup but instead used a generic version of glyphosate, that person may still be at risk of developing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Pending lawsuits have been filed against only Monsanto, the manufacturer of brand-name Roundup. However, this does not mean that lawsuits against the manufacturers of generic weed killer containing glyphosate may not be filed in years to come as we learn more.
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a group of blood cancers that develop from lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell. There are four main groups of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and 60 specific types of lymphoma within these four groups. As such, there are various types of the cancer that range in severity. Some types of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma are slow-growing, while others move much more rapidly. Symptoms of the disease include, among others, enlarged lymph nodes, night sweats, weight loss, fever, and fatigue.
Additionally, some people diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma may have pain within their bones, and their chests. They may also experience itchiness. In the United States, most people diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma are between the ages of 65 and 75 However, some individuals who have developed Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma after exposure to Roundup are much younger than 65 years old.
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is diagnosed by examination of a bone marrow sample or biopsy of a lymph node. Medical imaging may also assist in determining how much the cancer has progressed. Treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, stem cell transplantation, surgery, or targeted therapy, to name a few. Unfortunately, chemotherapy and radiation may increase the chance that an individual suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma can eventually develop other types of cancers.
Farmers, groundskeepers, and other individuals who have worked with Roundup in a commercial capacity have been most affected by Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Many of these victims mix the Roundup material themselves, instead of merely using a spray bottle of the product that anyone can purchase at a hardware or home improvement store, such as Home Depot. Additionally, individuals who have used Roundup around their homes have also developed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The most severe cases of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma involve those who have used a substantial amount of Roundup for two or more years. The latency period – the time between initial exposure to Roundup and the diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – is typically about two years or longer. In other cases, it takes much longer to develop Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after exposure to Roundup (five years or more).
Currently, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is the only type of cancer that has been linked to glyphosate. However, this does not mean that glyphosate does not pose a risk that a person will develop other types of cancers. However, our firm is specifically investigating cases in which victims developed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that they believe resulted from their exposure to Roundup (glyphosate).
In August of 2018, Dewayne Johnson, a man in his mid-forties, recovered a $289 million verdict against Monsanto. Mr. Johnson was a groundskeeper in San Francisco who used Roundup regularly during his job. He would commonly wear a “backpack” style canister with a spray nozzle to more easily spray the weed killer as part of his job. On two occasions, he was soaked with the weed killer, which he believed allowed for the chemical to penetrate his skin. Just two years after his exposure with the weed killer, Mr. Johnson was diagnosed with a terminal form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The San Francisco jury concluded that Mr. Johnson’s exposure to substantial amounts of Roundup caused him to develop the cancer, awarding him hundreds of millions of dollars. A more recent Roundup trial in federal court in California, concluded last week and resulted in an $80 million verdict to a plaintiff, who used Roundup over the course of many years and subsequently developed Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
In May 2019, a jury awarded a California couple more than $2 billion in the latest trial alleging the weed killer Roundup is linked to cancer. The husband and wife in this case reportedly used Roundup for decades and were both diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The jury in Oakland, California, handed down a verdict May 13 in favor of a husband and wife in their 70s who alleged that decades of Roundup use led to development of cancer in both of them. They sprayed Roundup on their property for weed control for more than 30 years, the couple said, and they were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma only four years apart.
Monsanto, the maker of Roundup and a subsidiary of Bayer, moved to separate the trials of the husband and wife, but the judge overseeing the case allowed the couple to take one case to trial. The jury on the case awarded the couple compensatory damages of more than $55 million and added $2 billion in punitive damages onto the verdict.
Since 1984, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has fought for the rights of injured victims and their families. In fact, we have recovered billions of dollars for our clients.** If you have been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and believe that exposure to Roundup is the reason why, contact our Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Product Liability Lawyers for a no obligation free consultation so that we can evaluate your legal rights and potential legal remedies, as well as the steps to protect those rights. We have a very large team of attorneys, affiliated co-counsel, support staff and paralegals who work hard on behalf of each and every client.
Cases involving defective and dangerous consumer products, such as Roundup weed killer, can affect people throughout the United States. If you have been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma from herbicides such as RoundUp, call Montlick & Associates, call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation Nationwide Toll Free at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat.
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