Monsanto was ordered to pay $78 million to a groundskeeper who blamed his terminal cancer on frequent exposure to Roundup while on the job. Lawyers for the plaintiff accused Monsanto of downplaying the health risks of using Roundup and failing to warn their customers about a link to cancer.
Farmers, groundskeepers and other people who use Roundup® regularly may be at risk for developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other blood cancers that start in the lymphatic system. If you or a loved one were exposed to Roundup® and have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be entitled to compensation.
What is Roundup®?
Roundup® is a weed killer (herbicide) created in the 1970s by Monsanto. Since its introduction, in 1974, it has become increasingly popular in the agriculture industry for its ability to fight weeds and other invasive plants Subsequently, Roundup® has become the most used weed killer Worldwide since 2001. Despite being banned in Germany, France and five other European countries. California added glyphosate to the list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer on July 7, 2017. Since glyphosate was listed as a known carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65 this would require companies that sell glyphosate in California to add new warning labels to their packaging. As more foreign countries and individual states take action against Monsanto, lawsuits are now being filed in the United States.
The World Health Organization’s Cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Declared the primary ingredient Glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans. In conjunction with the so called “inactive” ingredients, also known to be carcinogenic, Roundup® has been found by a jury to be highly likely to cause forms of cancer. It is the world’s most popular herbicide
The World Health Organization (“WHO”) labeled Roundup a “probable carcinogen”
While Monsanto continues to claim that Roundup® (glyphosate) is safe, the research proves otherwise. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer announced findings that Roundup is probably carcinogenic. Other leading experts opine that dermal and inhalation exposure to Roundup at levels experienced in the farming community can and do cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and other serious injuries. It is suspected that Monsanto has known of these risks associated with Roundup exposure for at least 35 years.
After the WHO’s recent report, the EPA released their own statement that Roundup® is indeed safe to use. However, documents have come to light that show corruption and inappropriate dealings with the regulators at the EPA in charge of reviewing this product.
Who’s at risk?
Anyone who has been exposed to Roundup® may be at risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The IARC reported that glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup®) is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In spite of this new information, Monsanto’s Roundup® herbicide is still being used by thousands of farmers, crop dusters and other professionals in the agriculture and landscaping business.
Recent medical literature identifies a link between dermal (skin) and inhalation (breathing) exposure to Roundup® with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and other serious injuries. At this time Balaban Law is accepting injuries related to direct exposure to Roundup® and the development of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. With subtypes including, but not limited to, Large Diffuse B-cell, Follicular Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Mantle Cell Lymphoma and Cutaneous T-cell.
Given the nature of their job, farm workers and landscaping professionals are at the highest risk of injury caused by dermal or inhalation exposure to Roundup®. Also, residential home use, such as gardening, driveways/walkways, construction, and yard maintenance, can be a significant contributing factor to the development of injury.
If you feel that you or your loved one may have a claim, please contact our office using the form here or via phone at 303-377-3474.