Roundup weed killer is the world’s most widely-used herbicide used by homeowners and professionals alike. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has been linked to increased cancer risk. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup, you may be entitled to compensation.
The lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP are currently pursuing potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been found to have cancer after using Roundup. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, contact our office for a free consultation. Our legal services team is ready to talk about your case.
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- With over 20 years of experience, the lawyers at Schmidt & Clark have helped recover millions of dollars for their clients.
- We are committed to fighting for our client's rights and will take whatever legal action is necessary to help them get the compensation they deserve.
- Our experienced legal team knows about Roundup and its links to cancer, and we are ready to fight large corporations. You will not owe us any fees unless we get you money in your case.
What Does Roundup Have to Do With Cancer?
Roundup weed killer is a glyphosate-based herbicide sold in stores across the country. The patent for Roundup is now owned by Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto.
Glyphosate is a chemical compound that was first introduced in the 1970s as an industrial chemical. Glyphosate-based products, such as Roundup, are now commonly used by agricultural workers, farmers, landscapers, nursery employees, and home gardeners to kill weeds.
Although glyphosate is unregulated by many agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mounting evidence suggests that glyphosate may be carcinogenic. A 2015 study by the World Health Organization and its International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" .
"Studies of humans exposed to different formulations in different regions at different times reported similar increases in the same type of cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma."
- International Agency for Research on Cancer
The disease most closely tied to glyphosate exposure is non-Hodgkin's (or non-Hodgkin) lymphoma (NHL). NHL is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Symptoms of NHL can include swollen lymph nodes, abdominal pain, chest pain, and unexplained weight loss.
However, Roundup is also thought to be linked to other certain cancers as a human carcinogen. Some studies imply that glyphosate exposure is associated with an increased risk of multiple myeloma, mantle cell lymphoma, B-cell lymphoma, and leukemia.
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Who Can File a Lawsuit?
Lawsuits have been filed by people of all ages and backgrounds, from farmers who used the weedkiller on their fields to home gardeners who sprayed it in their yards. In some cases, family members of people who developed cancer after using Roundup have also filed lawsuits.
To be successful in a lawsuit, the plaintiff must be able to show that:
- They have a prolonged exposure history to Roundup (for example, through agricultural work or home use).
- They developed their disease after this exposure to Roundup, and there is a causal link between Roundup and their injury.
- The manufacturers of Roundup had a duty to warn users about the risks of cancer associated with the product and failed to do so.
Creating an attorney-client relationship with our law firm will let us evaluate your case on its facts and file lawsuits as appropriate. See us for a free initial consultation and decide if you should become a new client.
The Statute of Limitations in Alabama
Lawsuits belong to a set of torts known as product liability cases. In Alabama, the statute of limitations for these cases is two years from the date the Roundup injury was or should have been discovered, whichever is longer.
This means that you have two years from the date of your cancer diagnosis to file a lawsuit or two years from the date you should have reasonably known that your disease was caused by Roundup exposure.
For example, if you were exposed to Roundup years ago and only recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you may still be able to file a lawsuit. However, it is essential to schedule a free case evaluation from one of our attorneys as soon as possible.
How Much Can I Get in a Lawsuit?
The amount of money you can recover in a lawsuit will depend on several factors, including the extent of your damages, the severity of your injuries, and the strength of your case.
However, if Roundup has caused you health issues, you may be eligible to recover damages that compensate you for your losses. These compensatory damages are designed to reimburse an injured person for things like their medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
In some cases, spouses or other family members may also be able to recover damages for the loss of companionship or consortium if their loved one has been injured or killed by a defective product.
Punitive damages may be awarded in addition to compensatory damages and are intended to punish the company for its reckless or careless behavior. To be awarded these damages, you must prove that the company knew or should have known about the dangers of its product and failed to warn consumers.
Punitive damages can vary widely from case to case, but they typically make up a small portion of the total award in personal injury lawsuits. With Roundup cases, however, several plaintiffs have been awarded significant sums.
For example, a jury awarded $289 million in punitive damages to a man who developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after using Roundup for several years . The jury found that Monsanto had knowingly failed to warn users about the risks associated with their product.
While this is an extreme example, it does show that courts are willing to award significant damages in cases where it is warranted. It's important to remember that every case is different, and it's impossible to say how much any person might receive in punitive damages.
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If Roundup has injured you or someone you love, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
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