Roundup Lawsuit Information
Have you or a loved one regularly worked around the pesticide Roundup for at least two years? Have you been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other cancers? If so, you may be entitled to monetary damages.
Recent research indicates the potential for developing certain cancers upon long-term exposure to the product, prompting the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to issue a warning in 2015 that the primary ingredient used in Roundup, glyphosate, is likely to cause cancer.
Despite this information, agrochemical corporate giant Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, failed to warn those who purchased and regularly used the product of its potential to cause cancer when used on a regular basis. As a result, lawsuits are now being filed against the manufacturer and yours could be one of them.
What is Roundup?
The main active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is a wide-ranging universal herbicide and crop drying agent used to kill annual weeds and grasses that compete with a broad range of crops.
Both farmers and individuals spray roundup on their crops or in their gardens throughout the year to protect them against weeds and other undesirable foliage that may have a damaging effect on their harvest.
During 2013 and 2014, it is estimated sales of Monsanto’s Roundup reached $994 million, leaving countless people exposed to the carcinogenic chemicals contained in the product.
Dangers Associated With Roundup
Recent and ongoing research has indicated glyphosate is directly connected to the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, among other dangerous cancers. When farmers use the product on their crops then subsequently sell them on the market, consumers become exposed to glyphosate, thus increasing their chances of developing cancer. The farmers and individuals who use it to tend to their personal gardens face the same increased risk.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a catch-all term to describe a group of related cancers that attack the lymphatic system, which is responsible for removing interstitial fluid from tissues and transporting white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes in the bones. When the lymphatic system is compromised, it can lead to dangerous, and sometimes deadly, side effects.
Symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Pain in the abdomen
- Swelling in the belly/abdomen
- Pain in the chest
- Night sweats
- Loss of appetite
- Unexpected weight loss
- Excessive fatigue
- Shortness of breath
The disease is classified in four stages depending on its spread and severity:
- Stage I – Early: The cancer has only been found in one lymph node or one single area around/outside the lymph node
- Stage II – Locally Advanced: The cancer has been found in two or more lymph nodes on either the right or left side of the diaphragm
- Stage III – Advanced: The cancer has been found in lymph nodes both above and below the diaphragm
- Stage IV – Widespread: The cancer has spread to several other areas of the body apart from the lymph nodes, including the liver, blood, bone marrow, and other tissues
Treatment for the disease depends on the stage and can include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation, among other invasive procedures.
Don’t Wait To File
If you or a loved one have been exposed to Roundup for at least two years and have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, don’t wait to file a claim. The statute of limitations, better known as the amount of time you have to file your case, varies by state so it’s important to act now. If you are not sure whether or not you qualify to receive damages, don’t worry. We’re here for you and will do everything we can to help you receive the compensation you deserve. We’re on your side.