While Roundup does not poison the soil, it could pose problems to your health after prolonged exposure.
The weed killer Roundup has been in the press in recent years for causing cancer and potentially having other detrimental effects on our health.
Weed killers such as Roundup should evaporate within a few days and not persist in the soil for long periods so that crops can be planted safely.
The Safety of Roundup
Several studies are investigating Roundup for its potentially cancer-causing attributes. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that Roundup is unlikely to be a carcinogenic and that there are no risks with Roundup when used according to the information on the label of the product, current research suggests otherwise.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a World Health Organization agency, labeled glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015.
People Who Are Most at Risk from Roundup
As Roundup has been used extensively in agriculture as well as landscaping and gardening, a large number of people have been exposed to the dangerous chemical on a daily basis. Those most at risk from any adverse health effects include agricultural workers, farmers, groundskeepers, landscapers, hobby gardeners, and homeowners using Roundup to keep their property free from weeds.
If you have worked in agriculture, or have otherwise come into contact with Roundup on a regular basis, and have developed cancer, help is available. A lawyer might be able to help determine whether you could get compensation.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 217-6099
Roundup Can Cause Cancer
According to a study by the University of Washington, exposure to glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, increases the risk of some cancers by a staggering 40%. Researchers found that exposure to the chemical particularly increases the risk for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The study examined more than 54,000 people who regularly applied the herbicide as part of their job.
Glyphosate has been around since the 1970s, so many people were potentially exposed to the dangers of the weed killer in the last five decades.
Roundup may also be linked to other cancers such as leukemia and multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells. According to a study published in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, there could also be a link between weed killers and brain cancer.
More research is still needed regarding the effects of Roundup on our health. However, regardless of which cancer you might have developed after using Roundup, you may be able to hold those responsible to account and could receive compensation.
Compensation for People with Cancer
The manufacturer of Roundup, Monsanto, might have been aware for many years that their product is toxic for humans and can cause cancers. Recently, lawsuits from cancer sufferers against the manufacturer, have been successful for the plaintiffs, according to The Washington Post. Some sufferers, particularly those with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, have recovered substantial settlements. There are now more than 13,000 lawsuits against Monsanto in the United States alone.
If you have Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma or another cancer that is due to exposure to Roundup, you could receive compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Medical transportation costs
- Lost income
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
You could also receive other compensation depending on your specific case and the severity of your illness. Potentially, you could also receive punitive damages in addition to any compensatory awards. Speaking to a lawyer can help you get clear on your legal options and the types of compensation you could receive.
We Can Fight for You
Roundup does not poison the soil, but it can be harmful to people. Those who were repeatedly exposed to the harmful chemical glyphosate through their job or simply by taking care of their yard, and now suffer from severe detrimental health effects such as cancer, may have legal recourse.
If the manufacturer of Roundup, Monsanto, knew about the toxicity of their product and failed to warn their consumers, you should not have to suffer the consequences and medical bills on your own. Taking a large global company to trial can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect. However, we do not shy away from tough cases and can help you get what you deserve.
We can fight for your rights and could help you receive compensation. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now and speak to one of our team about your legal options at (800) 217-6099.