The media attention around lawsuits has increased again in recent years mainly because the volume of these cases has grown so fast.
One of the main contributing factors to this growth is due to more people developing cancer and more evidence emerging of other types of cancer being involved with this toxic weed killer.
Ultimately, this has led to more plaintiffs looking for lawyers to file their claims. But this shift in evidence for different types of cancer can make such claims more complex.
And that’s where you need an experienced litigation team to ensure you get the best possible payout.
Legal Support From Maryland’s Top Litigation Team
From the first high-profile lawsuits, the main focus of litigation revolved around proving that plaintiffs had developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma due to exposure to Roundup weed killer.
That led to a standard legal approach in each lawsuit where the same scientific evidence could be used as proof to support such claims.
But with other types of cancer now having successfully achieved favorable jury verdicts, attorneys need to change their approach to gathering and presenting evidence. And being able to adapt to such changes quickly requires skilled attorneys.
Here at Schmidt & Clark LLC, our team has over 20 years of experience helping clients win cases against some of the largest corporations in America.
And through that experience, we have also built a reputation for putting our clients at the center of everything we do. This attorney-client relationship helps remove the legal process's stress and worry so that you can focus on your health and family without unnecessary distractions.
And we offer all plaintiffs a free consultation to walk you through the process and establish what kind of a payout you could be looking at.
Is This Weed Killer Linked to Cancer?
Yes, Roundup has been scientifically linked to cancers. The most common one in litigation is non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which affects the lymph nodes and can have serious implications for the immune system .
But recent and ongoing litigation cases have also shown that there are links to other types of cancer. And that opens the door for thousands more plaintiffs to get the financial compensation they deserve.
These cancers include leukemia and myeloma, and they significantly complicate the approach to establishing cause and effect in new legal claims.
The World Health Organization has also taken steps to list glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) as a probable human carcinogen . And representatives of the WHO have been critical that Bayer still doesn’t adequately warn consumers about the dangers.
“Exposure to glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, increases the risk of a cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41 percent, according to a new analysis from researchers in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).”
- School Of Public Health, University Of Washington
Who Is Eligible for a Lawsuit in Maryland?
People who developed cancer due to proven Roundup exposure may be eligible to file a lawsuit in Maryland. The important thing to keep in mind is that just being exposed to the weed killer with missing health warnings is not enough.
You must be able to prove a serious medical condition like non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as the basis for a personal injury claim.
This most commonly affects people who regularly used Roundup through employment, e.g., agricultural workers, landscapers, gardeners, and lawn care workers.
In Maryland, lawsuits have also included people who were indirectly exposed through other people using Roundup around their homes or places of work.
It’s also important to understand that you will need to hire a Maryland Roundup attorney to file an individual claim, as there’s no class action lawsuit that you can join in Maryland.
What Is the Statute of Limitations in Maryland?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is three years . What’s important for plaintiffs to understand is that this deadline poses serious implications for their ability to file claims.
First of all, you will need a legal team to establish a timeline of events from using Roundup to developing cancer-related to the weed killer. It’s only from the time you had the first symptoms or a medical diagnosis through a regular screening test that the clock starts ticking.
And because it can often take many years for people to get such a medical diagnosis, it’s important to understand that you’re not limited by when you had exposure to the toxic ingredients.
It’s vital to have an attorney carefully review this and file a claim as soon as possible. Wasting time on taking those first steps in a legal case could quickly go against you.
And you want experienced lawyers to make this analysis to avoid any unnecessary delays.
How Much Are Lawsuits Worth?
Payouts in lawsuits can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the exact amount depends on your circumstances. Some lawsuits against the Roundup weed killer have even gone into the millions of dollars .
By partnering with experienced lawyers, you’ll be in a much better position to maximize your payout.
Here are just some of the important variables that will influence your payout or settlement offer:
- What kind of cancer you have developed and its impact on your quality of life
- The medical prognosis for your treatment and life expectancy
- The amount of pain you experience from the illness and treatment
- Your ability to work and earn a living to provide financial security for your family
- Medical costs for treatment and recovery to improve your quality of life
- Availability of expensive treatments that could increase your chances of controlling the illness
- How well you’re able to care for your children without the help from others
- Impacts on mental health, including anxiety, depression, and stress
As you can see, there are many variables, and you need an experienced litigation team to ensure every possible aspect feeds into your payout.
Call for a Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one have developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or another cancer related to this weed killer, contact our law firm today for a free consultation.
We will fully assess your situation and recommend the best possible approach to file a successful lawsuit.
You also won’t have to worry about the costs and stress of fighting such a legal battle, as we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you can focus on your medical treatment and family while we handle all the stressful work without you facing upfront legal bills.
It’s one phone call you won’t regret making.