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Is Your Cancer Diagnosis from Roundup?

If you have received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, or other related types of cancer, you should consider whether you have used or been exposed to the herbicide Roundup. Roundup manufacturer Monsanto has recently faced criticism and legal liability for cancer reportedly caused by the widely-used product. Many additional lawsuits are expected to follow, and if you believe you have been injured by Roundup, you should speak with a Matthews personal injury attorney as soon as possible. 

Harmful Carcinogens in Roundup

Roundup has been a popular product for landscapers and farmers since the 1970s, and about 80 percent of crops across the United States get sprayed with Roundup. Many groundskeepers and home gardeners also have used Roundup for decades as a drying agent and herbicide. 

Over the past few years, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) began looking into the possibility that Roundup and related products might have carcinogenic properties. The IARC research revealed that the primary ingredient in Roundup, which is glyphosate, is categorized as a Group 2A carcinogenic agent. This carcinogen is associated with different types of cancer, including leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

If you used Roundup or were regularly exposed to Roundup sprays, and you have received a cancer diagnosis, it is important to determine whether the two are connected.

Holding Monsanto Liable for Harm Caused by Roundup

Manufacturers should not market a product as safe when, in reality, it has the potential to cause harm to users. Monsanto sold Roundup for decades without any warnings of carcinogenic qualities or the risks of harm to users. Even after the IARC research was released, Monsanto has refused to acknowledge the toxicity of Roundup, and it continues to be a commonly sold and used product by both large agricultural operations and consumers. 

When manufacturing companies sell a harmful product – especially without appropriate warnings – the corporation should be held fully liable for any harm that results. Already, juries have awarded plaintiffs significant sums of money in Roundup cases, which include the following:

  • A man was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup on his own property for 26 years. A jury awarded him $80 million
  • Another man received a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis after mixing and using “hundreds of gallons” of Roundup as a weedkiller as part of his job as a school groundskeeper. The jury in his case initially awarded him $289 million, though the court later reduced the award to $78 million.

There are many more lawsuits expected to be filed against Monsanto, and it is encouraging that plaintiffs have so far been able to prove the causation between Roundup and their cancer to juries. 

Seeking Compensation for Roundup-Related Losses

Cancer diagnoses come with many losses, both financial and intangible. Some losses can include:

  • Diagnostic testing
  • Hospitalization
  • Surgical costs
  • Costs of medications, chemotherapy, and/or radiation
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering

In addition, for some people, a cancer diagnosis is life-threatening. Families who have lost loved ones to cancer after Roundup exposure might have the right to file a wrongful death claim against Monsanto.

Proving Roundup cases can be technical, as you must show the chemicals in Roundup caused or contributed to your cancer diagnosis. You want a law firm with the resources to take on major corporations like Monsanto on your behalf. 

Speak with Our Matthews Personal Injury Lawyers About a Possible Case

If you have suffered injuries due to any type of dangerous product or accident, the law firm of Panchenko Law Firm, is ready to help. For a free case evaluation, please call (704) 900-7675 or contact us online to reach a Matthews personal injury attorney today. 

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