The number of new lawsuits filed against Monsanto/Bayer has increased recently, with more people becoming fully aware of all the potential cancers linked to this weed killer.
And while lawsuits have focused on non-Hodgkin lymphoma, several other cancers could result in large payouts through litigation.
But many people don’t fully understand the eligibility criteria and whether it’s worth the stress and effort to file a claim in the first place.
If you’re based in Arkansas and have had a cancer diagnosis that could be tied to Roundup exposure, then you have to make sure you take the right next steps.
Gain the Support From Arkansas’ Top Litigation Team
Here at Schmidt & Clark our litigation team has extensive experience fighting for client’s rights and compensation payouts. And we have gone up against some of the largest corporations worldwide, including Bayer/Monsanto.
One of the difficult tasks for a law firm in a lawsuit is establishing the timeline of the personal injury diagnosis and glyphosate exposure. Unlike other lawsuits, there can be many years between the exposure and the first symptoms of the illness.
And that is an area where we are a leading law firm in Arkansas, as we ensure we take every possible legal course of action.
Not only does this take all the stress and worry out of the process for you, but you won’t have to worry about paying any legal fees. We work on a no-win-no-fee basis, which will always put your mind at rest.
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How Is Roundup Linked to Cancer?
Roundup is linked to cancer through the active ingredient called glyphosate. To date, over 100,000 lawsuits have successfully forced Bayer to pay compensation to plaintiffs in state and federal court cases.
In these cases, the main type of cancer has been non-Hodgkin lymphoma, an illness that impacts the body's lymphatic system.
It’s also important to highlight that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t list Roundup as carcinogenic. However, this is not a scientific source of evidence.
In contrast to this, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, has taken steps to list it as probably cancer-causing in humans .
Thousands of court cases have also determined that the Roundup product labeling didn’t adequately warn users about the possible health risks.
“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).”
- University of Washington Interdisciplinary Center For Exposures, Diseases, Genomics And Environment
Who Qualifies for a Lawsuit in Arkansas?
Anyone who has developed cancer and was regularly exposed to the Roundup weed killer may qualify for a lawsuit. In Arkansas, Roundup cases have been growing in number and payout amounts, as it is becoming clearer what the long-term health implications are on the quality of life and medical bills, along with establishing punitive damages.
With Roundup exposure being common in private and workplace settings, there are multiple ways that plaintiffs can prove a possible link in their individual lawsuits.
One way is to present receipts and invoices for Roundup products. But even if you don’t have such receipts, stores may keep itemized records of customer purchases.
Many people also had regular exposure to Roundup through employment. This is common for gardeners, landscapers, lawn care, and agricultural workers.
Also, keep in mind that there is currently no class action lawsuit you can join. There are cases that are going through multidistrict litigation, but that is a different process.
If you’re unsure whether you have the necessary qualifying legal basis, then talk to an experienced attorney on our team today.
What Is the Statute of Limitations in Arkansas?
The statute of limitation in Arkansas for personal injury and product liability lawsuits is three years . But it’s important to note that the three years don’t start when you were exposed to glyphosate.
There can be many years between using Roundup and the first symptoms or diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. And it’s from when you have that confirmed medical diagnosis that you have three years to file a lawsuit.
However, it’s always better to get in touch with a law firm straight away for an initial consultation. Establishing the exact start date and proof that you used this popular herbicide can be a complicated process. And to allow enough time for a successful claim, we always advise starting the process as soon as possible.
How Much Is a Payout Worth?
A payout or possible settlement for a lawsuit could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. And in some cases, plaintiffs have managed to recover compensation in the millions of dollars.
The exact amount will greatly depend on many variables, including:
- What is your cancer diagnosis and prognosis is
- The possible medical bills to get you the best treatments available
- Impact on lost wages and your ability to earn a living in the future
- Any heightened risk of further medical complications
- The impact on your ability to care for your family and children
- Whether you need outside help to take care of daily household chores
Our experienced attorneys ensure they take advantage of all the legal options to establish the full picture relating to your damages. This way, you’ll know you have the best chance of a successful outcome and the maximum possible payout.
Call for a Free Consultation
Contact our team at Schmidt & Clark, LLP today for a free consultation. We have made the process as stress-free as possible so that you can focus on your medical treatment and family. You also won’t have to worry about attorney fees in your legal action.
If you or a family member has a cancer diagnosis that could be the result of Roundup, then our personal injury lawyers will give you all the formal legal advice to make the right decision about the next steps.
This is one phone call you won’t regret when you find out how much your lawsuit could be worth and how stress-free we make it for you.