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The number of lawsuits against Bayer because of the Roundup weed killer and its link to cancer has steadily increased in recent years. This is not only because people develop cancer slowly. 

What has become clearer through lawsuit evidence is that multiple types of cancer could become a substantial factor in more cases filed against the chemical company. 

The difficulty with such emerging new evidence is framing it right in court to ensure that plaintiffs get the best possible results. 

Let me explain.

Thousands of people in Washington, DC, have successfully sued Bayer for glyphosate exposure that led to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

A group of lawyers discussing And while personal injury lawyers focused on this type of cancer to gather evidence for cases, there has been increased research proving other types of cancer may also be involved. 

And because exposure to Roundup is so common in many professions and workplaces, there is growing concern that many more people could be facing significant health issues. 

The difficulty with such emerging evidence is that researching and presenting it to a jury is more difficult than with a well-established link like lymphoma. That’s why it’s so important to carefully consider what attorneys you hire to file your claim. 

Our law firm offers a free consultation to ensure you get the full picture of the legal process before you commit to taking such action. And we make a full assessment of your evidence so that we have the best arguments for you in court.

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The first legal cases against Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer showed enough proof of glyphosate causing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Both human research and animal trials have shown that this link exists and have set clear precedents for thousands of other cases [1].

Since those first cases, there has been growing concern in the medical and scientific community that exposure to Roundup could also be linked to multiple myeloma, leukemia, and pediatric brain cancer [2]. 

Because Monsanto failed to warn about health risks even after a California jury voted in favor of the first plaintiffs, juries have been open to new evidence in favor of injured victims of Roundup. 

But a legal argument around non-Hodgkin lymphoma and more recent cancer links is very different and requires expertise from a legal team with a proven success record of dealing with such changing evidence on a regular basis. 

Our litigation team is renowned for this flexibility, especially when dealing with some of the largest corporations in America. 

During your initial consultation, it will be a key focus area to figure out your eligibility and expectation of a successful outcome. 

Who Is Eligible for a Lawsuit in the District of Columbia?

A business person looking at paperworkPeople living in Washington, DC, and who were repeatedly exposed to the popular weed killer leading to developing cancer could be eligible to file a lawsuit against Bayer/Monsanto. 

It’s not enough to only prove Roundup exposure. While the company has failed to warn users of the dangers, evidence of cancer is the key component of such a trial. 

What confuses many people is the fact that the EPA still doesn’t acknowledge the fact that there is a link between Roundup and cancer. However, the International Agency For Research On Cancer considers glyphosate a probable human carcinogen [3].

The World Health Organization has also criticized Monsanto/Bayer because the company didn’t warn consumers even after juries approved the first payouts. 

One thing to keep in mind in your Roundup case is that there is currently no class action lawsuit where you can join multiple plaintiffs in Washington, DC. 

“Many plaintiffs say they have declined settlement offers, saying the amounts they would receive – less than $50,000 for some – were too low to make up for the suffering cancer had caused them.“
- Carey Gillam And Aliya Uteuova, Journalists at TheGuardian.com

What Is the Statute of Limitations in the District of Columbia?

The statute of limitations for a lawsuit in Washington D.C. is three years [4]. However, it’s important not to confuse the starting time with when you were exposed to the weed killer. 

It is common for cancer to take many years to develop slowly. And that means you may not encounter symptoms or a cancer diagnosis through a routine medical checkup until a long time after you used Roundup. 

What this means is that the time doesn’t start ticking until you develop those symptoms or have a diagnosis. But then it becomes critical not to delay the first steps. 

The important thing is that you need an experienced litigation team to carefully assess the timeline of events before you take legal action. 

What Kind of Payout Can You Expect?

A gavel on a stack of money

The amount of payout or settlement you can expect in Washington, DC, is dependent on your circumstances. Typically, plaintiffs have been able to get financial compensation of over $100,000, but some cases have resulted in payouts in the millions. 

Our legal team will carefully work through your case evidence to assess the personal injury and punitive damages based on the following variables:

  • The type of cancer you have and the prognosis for your health and life expectancy
  • Other health complications that may directly result from your illness and treatment
  • How much pain and discomfort cancer and treatment are causing
  • Your ability to work and provide financial security for your family
  • The impact on your ability to perform normal household chores
  • Limitations on your ability to care for children without outside help
  • Availability of expensive treatment options to improve your recovery chances

Call for a Free Case Review

If you or a family member have developed cancer that could have resulted from regular Roundup use through employment or at home, then contact our legal team for a free consultation. 

This is the first important step that will ensure you get the best possible results and that you don’t miss the time window during which you need to file a claim. 

Our litigation team will ensure that you get the best possible outcome, and we do this by focusing on the attorney-client relationship. That means you won’t have to deal with the stress and worry of the lawsuit and can focus on your medical recovery and family. 


References:

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1383574218300887
  2. https://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2021/09/in-utero-and-childhood-pesticide-exposure-increases-childhood-cancer-risk/
  3. https://www.iarc.who.int/featured-news/media-centre-iarc-news-glyphosate/
  4. https://code.dccouncil.gov/us/dc/council/code/sections/12-301.html

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