Since reports by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) made the connection between Roundup and chronic health issues like different forms of cancer, people have won lawsuits against Roundup.
Bayer, the current parent company of Roundup, has seen a jump in lawsuits concerning the herbicide chemical. Bayer now faces at least 125,000 lawsuits against Roundup for not warning consumers of the chemical glyphosate’s potential danger.
If you believe your use of Roundup has negatively impacted your health, you might be entitled to compensation through a lawsuit. Americans and other people around the world are suing the owners of Roundup in light of the 2015 discovery published by the IARC, despite claims by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that using Roundup is perfectly safe in small amounts.
About Roundup Lawsuits
It turns out, one person who has won a lawsuit against Roundup so far did so with a unanimous decision by a jury. The jury found that Monsanto acted with malice, oppression, or fraud and should be punished for its conduct, according to National Public Radio (NPR). Multimillion-dollar settlements have been awarded to plaintiffs like Dewayne Johnson, who was involved in the first Roundup cancer lawsuit to go to trial.
In Johnson’s case, originally filed in 2014, although the civil suit against Bayer and Monsanto was initially awarded $289 million, a judge for the case reduced the award suggested by the jury. Johnson has accepted the lower settlement amount in order to cover his costs from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he claims was caused by Roundup.
Why Roundup May Be Dangerous
Although public opinion on Roundup varies, the herbicide is still being used on a massive agricultural scale. For farmers around the world, it is not common to give using Roundup a second thought: It has no restrictions by the EPA, it is very effective as an herbicide, and Monsanto even produced genetically modified seeds that are resistant to the killing effects of Roundup.
Now, farmers see the positive effects of Roundup, with soybeans, corn, and cotton crops flourishing. However, researchers from the IARC announced the link between Roundup active ingredient glyphosate and cancer-causing properties, and counties, states, and countries began to ban glyphosate.
Roundup May Cause Cancer
In the early 1980s, the EPA once reported the potential for growth-inhibiting glyphosate to cause cancer in humans and animals. However, it currently states that there is “no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer in humans.”
When the IARC, which is regarded as one of the top cancer research centers in the world, made public reports of glyphosate and a link to cancer, the number of lawsuits against Roundup skyrocketed.
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Future of Roundup Lawsuits
Bloomberg reports that the current parent company of Monsanto and Roundup, Bayer, faces at least 125,000 Roundup lawsuits. Consequently, Bayer has recently announced a budget plan of $10 billion to end all lawsuits concerning Roundup and cases of chronic diseases and cancer.
However, not even hundreds of thousands of lawsuits have stopped Bayer from putting Roundup on the shelves for any consumer who wants to control weeds in their garden landscape. As other cancer-causing agents have shown, some toxic chemicals have a latency period of decades, in which a person can live most of their life without ever knowing that exposure to a carcinogen threatened their health.
Bayer only recently considered pulling Roundup off the shelves for non-professional consumers that want to use Roundup at home, according to Bloomberg. This effort would still leave the people most vulnerable to glyphosate-caused cancer at risk: Researchers believe that cancer is more likely to be caused in people who have high levels of exposure to the herbicide, such as large-scale farmers.
If you or a loved one suffer from a chronic disease or illness related to Roundup, you may be eligible to join thousands of people in filing a claim against companies like Bayer. You might be able to recover compensation for costs associated with your illness, such as:
- Medical bills
- Transportation costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Funeral and burial expenses (for wrongful death cases)
- Cost of home help
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium.
The lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm want to protect your rights so that you do not have to face the high emotional and financial cost of cancer treatment alone. Get in touch with the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free consultation on a Roundup lawsuit at (800) 794-0444.