For decades, Monsanto’s Roundup product has been touted as a safe and effective herbicide by its creators. However, 125,000 lawsuits are estimated to have been filed against Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer. Many cases involve dangerous cancers and degenerative diseases that can become life-threatening.
If you or a loved one has had exposure to Roundup and has since received a cancer diagnosis or is suffering from another serious illness, you can work with the law firm of Nessler & Associates to discuss your case. One of our Roundup lawsuit lawyers can work with you to pursue a compensation claim on your behalf.
What is Roundup?
Roundup is the brand name of a Monsanto chemical herbicide that uses the active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide that kills weeds by inhibiting their ability to produce amino acids.
The glyphosate-based Roundup is available in both liquid and granular formulations, and it can be applied using either hand-held or mechanical sprayers. Roundup weed killer is used in the agricultural industry and residential settings to control many weed types, including annual and perennial grasses, poison oak, broadleaf weeds, and woody plants.
A History of Roundup and Monsanto
Founded in 1901, Monsanto Chemical Works has a history of working with chemicals that end up in consumers’ foods and beverages. Merging with Pharmacia and Upjohn in 2000 made Monsanto a publicly traded company. Since the early 2000s, the company’s focus has been on pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Monsanto developed Roundup in the 1970s, becoming one of the most widely used herbicides. Its broad-spectrum use against killing weeds makes the product convenient for farmers and gardeners. However, researchers have noted Roundup to be a disease-causing substance due to its glyphosate content, with many people experiencing health issues after prolonged exposure to it.
After acquiring Monsanto in 2018 for $63 billion, Bayer AG has been dealing with the ongoing litigation surrounding Roundup. The company announced in 2020 that $10 billion would be made available for settling roundup suits. A portion was set aside to address additional Roundup lawsuits.
People at Risk of Glyphosate Exposure
Farmers, professional gardeners, and even backyard gardeners who use Roundup have a higher risk of glyphosate exposure as they are prone to breathing it in or getting the toxic chemicals on their skin. However, those who use herbicide applicators should not assume that they’ve avoided exposure to the carcinogenic chemical.
Proper personal protection equipment and careful use can minimize risk but are not fail-safe. Roundup users who eat, drink, or smoke after using the product without properly washing their hands can ingest small glyphosate quantities that can add up over time.
Children are vulnerable to glyphosate exposure because they can come into contact with the substance in playgrounds. The wind can transport excess glyphosate from nearby fields, leaving it to rest on the dirt in which children play. Because glyphosate can remain in the soil for up to 6 months before bacteria break it down, people near farms can encounter the harmful substance.
What are the Side Effects of Roundup Exposure
Symptoms from exposure to Roundup can point to serious conditions caused by the popular herbicide. Abdominal pain, dizziness, and vomiting are among the few potential signs that the active chemical compound in the Monsanto weed-killer is causing you harm.
You may also experience low blood pressure, kidney failure, and a slow heart rate. In the event you experience any of these symptoms after being exposed to Roundup, you need to seek emergency attention as soon as possible.
Several studies have found a link between glyphosate use and illnesses. The list includes:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Celiac disease
- Heart disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Liver disease
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Reproductive problems
- Respiratory illnesses
What are the Types of Roundup-Related Cancer
The link to cancer in humans is one of the more troubling side effects of Roundup use.
A number of lymphatic cancers and blood cancers (leukemia) are often linked with glyphosate. They include:
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- B-cell lymphoma
- Burkitt lymphoma
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (Hairy cell leukemia)
- Primary central nervous system lymphomas
- Follicular lymphoma
- Mantle cell lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is also one of the most common forms of cancer reported among Roundup users. A 2019 review of scientific studies found people exposed to glyphosate herbicides have a 41% increased risk of cancer, especially in developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
What is Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) is a type of lymphoma that develops in the lymphatic system, a part of the body’s immune system. This type of cancer usually starts in the lymph nodes. It can also begin in other parts of the lymphatic system, including the spleen, thymus gland, and bone marrow.
This cancer is more common in people over 60, and the prevalence of NHL occurs in 30% of women compared to men. The symptoms of NHL can include swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, weight loss, and fever. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis.
Although there is no cure for it, and there is a chance of recurrence, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Most people with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can achieve remission when the cancer is inactive. The disease has a 5-year relative survival rate of 73%.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma from Exposure to Roundup
Monsanto and its parent company, Bayer, have often contested claims that Roundup is a dangerous product. As recently as 2018, Bayer posted glyphosate is a safe substance based on claims of numerous studies to overcome criticism.
However, a $2 billion verdict against Bayer in 2019 was a massive blow to the company’s narrative declaring the product safe. Many glyphosate victims of glyphosate exposure have come forward to demand restitution for similar cases across the United States.
If you are suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after exposure to Roundup weed killer, you can pursue a Roundup cancer lawsuit with an experienced lawyer at Nessler & Associates. You may recover compensatory damages for medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish as a result of your illness.
Hire an Experienced Lawyer to Pursue a Personal Injury Lawsuit
From shortness of breath and night sweats to chest pain and vomiting blood, the signs of Roundup exposure can point to serious health issues. Treating conditions such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can come with expensive medical bills, but more importantly, at the cost of your well-being and peace of mind.
If you have reason to believe that you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness from Roundup exposure, you need to have an experienced personal injury attorney fighting for you.
Nessler & Associates offers legal advice to victims of Roundup and can hold the manufacturer accountable for their wrongdoing. We can seek maximum compensation for the harm you’re suffering because of Bayer’s dangerous glyphosate-based herbicide. Our legal team has the resources to pursue legal action against major companies like Bayer.
Call our law firm today at (800) 727-8010 to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We work with you on a contingency fee basis, which means your financial compensation pays us after you win.