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Types of Cancer That May Qualify for a Roundup Lawsuit

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With thousands of successful legal actions against Monsanto/Bayer, the number of different cancer types resulting from exposure to Roundup has also grown significantly. 

But there is still a lot of confusion in the media about what kind of medical conditions qualify for a Roundup case and which ones have already been successfully proven through litigation. 

We have put together this post to give potential plaintiffs the necessary basic information to determine whether or not to hire a law firm. 

Here at Schmidt & Clark LLP, our dedicated personal injury team has the necessary experience to help you achieve a successful outcome and the best possible payout. 

Does the Weed Killer Roundup Cause Cancer?

A doctor pointing to a clipboardYes, Roundup and other glyphosate weed killers can cause cancer. At this stage, Bayer has paid out compensation to tens of thousands of plaintiffs, with the value of each of these payouts in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

Some high-profile cases have also led to settlements in the millions of dollars, and our legal team has successfully argued lawsuits relating to multiple cancer types. 

The difficulty in these lawsuits is establishing the right evidence to show that your cancer was caused by Roundup. And this is an area where our legal team has achieved a very high level of expertise to ensure the best possible outcome for your legal case. 

If you have developed cancer and are concerned that it may relate to herbicide exposure at home or through employment, let our team provide you with a free consultation.

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4 Types of Cancer Risk People Can Be Exposed To

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Legal cases have presented countless medical and scientific evidence of how Roundup exposure negatively affects human health. Here are the main types of cancer that have come up in litigation cases. 

1. Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer that affects the lymphatic system [1]. This was the first type of cancer that had litigation success against Bayer, and most cases still focus on this disease. 

One of the early signs of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma is swollen lymph nodes throughout the body. This is due to abnormal white blood cells called lymphocytes that build up in lymph nodes and cause tumors to grow. 

Ultimately, this cancer severely impacts the body’s immune system and ability to fight infections. 

2. Multiple Myeloma

A graphic of blood cellsMultiple myeloma is a rare blood cancer that causes abnormal white blood cells. The cells then multiply and create abnormal antibodies making it difficult for the body to fight even minor everyday infections [2]. 

People who develop cancer in this way often encounter frequent bacterial infections, especially pneumonia, and it can also lead to bone density issues and kidney failure. 

While there are treatments available, they cannot cure the disease. 

3. Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

This is the most common form of leukemia in adults. It starts with abnormal white blood cells developing in the bone marrow and slowly multiplying [3]. The slow progression can lead to delays in experiencing symptoms. 

It’s vital that doctors carefully examine any early signs and potentially do a bone marrow biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. 

4. Pediatric Brain Cancer

In recent years, increasing evidence has been presented in courts of children developing brain cancer. One of the main studies behind this evidence has linked parental exposure to herbicides that can lead to brain tumors in children many years later [4].

Unfortunately, highly invasive surgery is often the only option for effective treatment with these types of cancer. 

“In children, pesticide exposure is linked not just to pediatric cancers but also to decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems. In adults, pesticides are linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, brain, prostate and other cancers.”
- Carey Gillam, Author And Journalist at TheGuardian.com

Who Has the Highest Risk?

A doctor looking at an x-rayPeople who regularly come in contact with weed killers like Roundup have a significantly higher risk of developing cancer [5]. 

One of the major problems with these weed killers is their extensive use in agriculture, private homes, and gardens. This means there is no shortage of ways for glyphosate to enter the food chain. 

Overall, people in certain professions have typically suffered the most extensive exposure to Roundup.

These include:

  • Agricultural workers
  • Farmers
  • Gardeners
  • Landscapers
  • Horticulturalists
  • Lawn care workers
  • Greenkeepers

It's also possible to regularly become exposed to Roundup if someone sprayed it close to your home or place of work. 

Can You Sue for Personal Injury Damages?

A person signing paperworkYes, you can sue for personal injury damages if you have received a cancer diagnosis linked to glyphosate-based herbicides. There have been thousands of successful court cases against Bayer due to a Roundup cancer diagnosis. 

The important thing to understand is that there is clear evidence linking Roundup to cancer, and if you have found yourself in this unfortunate situation, then you don’t need to face the legal battle alone. 

With the right legal team, you can take all the stress and worry out of the case. And our team has a proven track record of making the process as easy as possible for our clients. 

What Does the EPA Say About Roundup Weed Killer?

Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency still lists glyphosate as not carcinogenic to adults or children [6]. Despite overwhelming evidence from thousands of legal cases, it's unclear why this is still the case. 

But the World Health Organization has taken steps to refer to glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans [7].

For potential plaintiffs, the important thing to remember is that our legal team uses many legal precedents in all new cases to increase success rates and payouts. 

If you have developed cancer as a result of glyphosate exposure, then contact our team today for a free case evaluation. 

All lawsuits are different, and it’s important to ensure you have a law firm by your side that has the experience to frame the legal argument and ensure you get the best possible payout. 

Talk to our personal injury lawyers today, and let us take away all the stress so you can deal with your medical treatment. 


References:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/non-hodgkins-lymphoma/symptoms-causes/syc-20375680
  2. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/6178-multiple-myeloma
  3. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia/about/what-is-cll.html
  4. https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/ehp.0800209
  5. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190214093359.htm
  6. https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/glyphosate
  7. https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news-release/world-health-organization-labels-glyphosate-probable-carcinogen

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