Thousands of farmers, home gardeners, and nursery workers from all around the United States have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer of Roundup weed killer, alleging that this effective herbicide caused them to develop cancer.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup to kill weeds, you may be wondering if you are eligible to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your losses. A North Carolina Roundup lawyer from Schmidt & Clark, LLP can help you fight for justice.
What Schmidt & Clark Can Do for You
- When taking on large corporations like Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, you need a law firm with the experience and resources to get the job done. Our attorneys have a proven track record of success in complex mass tort litigation.
- Our firm is currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of North Carolina residents who are sick. We can help you learn more about your legal rights and options, and if you decide to pursue a claim, we will fight tirelessly to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
- We understand the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis can have on you and your family. Our attorneys are available to answer your questions and address your concerns throughout your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay legal fees if we win your case and hold Monsanto accountable.
What Roundup Can Do to Your Body
Monsanto is currently facing litigation in both state and federal courts over claims that its Roundup weed killer causes cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO) has enough evidence to classify glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a probable human carcinogen.
Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not agreed with the WHO, studies show that exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other types of cancer.
Some of these blood cancers include:
- B-cell lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Mantle cell lymphoma
- T-cell lymphoma
Fatigue, fever, and weight loss may be symptoms of you developing cancer. If you were exposed to glyphosate and experienced any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately.
Roundup may also cause non-cancer diseases like kidney, liver, thyroid, and reproductive problems.
"Researchers have found that one of Roundup's inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells."
- Scientific American
The dangers of Roundup weed killer are highly documented. If you or someone close to you was diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Roundup, you may be eligible for a payout. Don't wait to take action—contact our law offices for a no-obligation consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options.
How to Qualify for a Lawsuit
Any Roundup users who were diagnosed with cancer after using the weed killer may be eligible to file a lawsuit. This includes people exposed to Roundup at work or while doing yard work at home.
In some cases, family members of people who have died from cancer after using Roundup may be eligible to sue the company for wrongful death.
To be successful in a lawsuit, you must be able to show that:
- You or your loved one used Roundup as directed by the product label
- Monsanto did not warn you of the risks associated with the product even though the company knew it was dangerous
- You or your family member were diagnosed with cancer after using the glyphosate-based herbicide
- There is a causal link between your illness and the use of Roundup
If you meet these criteria, you may be able to file a successful lawsuit against Monsanto. However, it's essential to remember that each case is unique and will be evaluated by the court on its own evidence.
The North Carolina Statute of Limitations
In North Carolina, the basic rule is that personal injury lawsuits must be filed within three years of the date of the injury. However, there are a few exceptions to this policy. For example, if you discover your cancer after the three-year statute of limitations has expired, you may still be able to file a claim under the discovery rule.
The discovery rule allows plaintiffs to file a lawsuit within three years of the date they discovered their injury or reasonably should have discovered it. This rule is often used in cases involving toxic exposures, where the effects of the exposure may not be immediately apparent.
If you have been given a cancer diagnosis after using Roundup, it is crucial to speak with an attorney at our law firm as soon as possible to ensure that your claim is filed within the appropriate time frame.
What Will I Receive From a Lawsuit
If you win your lawsuit against Monsanto Roundup, you may be awarded damages.
Compensatory damages are designed to reimburse you for your economic losses, such as lost wages and medical bills, as well as non-economic problems, such as pain and suffering. The amount of money you'll receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life.
In some cases, the jury may also award plaintiffs punitive damages. These damages are intended to punish the defendant for gross negligence and deter future misconduct. They are not always awarded in personal injury cases but may be given in cases where the defendant's behavior was especially egregious.
There have been several lawsuits in both state and federal court where a real person was awarded large payouts after suffering from health problems that they believed were caused by Roundup exposure.
In one high-profile case, a jury awarded a California man $289 million for medical expenses and other damages after finding that he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from glyphosate-based herbicides. Another lawsuit resulted in a couple receiving a $2 billion payout from Monsanto .
While it's impossible to predict the outcome of a particular case, these verdicts show it is possible to receive compensation if you are injured by glyphosate.
Our Legal Team Is on Your Side
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Please contact our law firm for a no-obligation, free consultation to learn more about the law and your legal rights.
We'll give you a free case evaluation today and help you understand your options. And if you want us to represent you, we'll fight to get you the maximum award you deserve.