Exposure to Roundup weed killer has been linked to an increased risk of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) is a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. If you or a family member has been exposed to Roundup and recently developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be entitled to compensation.
What Is Roundup?
Roundup Weed Killer is the most commonly used herbicide in the United States. It was first developed in 1970 by the Monsanto agricultural corporation. Since then it’s been widely used by farmers, landscapers, agricultural workers, and home gardeners all over the world.
The main chemical component in Roundup is called glyphosate. In a recent study by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), glyphosate was designated as a probable human carcinogen.
IARC Monograph 112 reported that glyphosate and its commercial formulations can produce oxidative stress and damage DNA in human cells. Oxidative damage to DNA can lead to cancer. In addition, it further concluded that the cancer most associated with glyphosate exposure is non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In 2017, the state of California added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer, commonly known as Proposition 65. Furthermore, a systemic review published in El Sevier in 2019 found that the overall risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in people exposed to glyphosate-based herbicides was increased by up to 41%.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that results in the production of an excessive amount of abnormal lymphocytes. These are types of white blood cells involved in the immunity system.
The body’s overproduction of these dysfunctional cells and its consequent failure to form healthy lymphocytes can drastically compromise the immune system. This can reduce the body’s capacity for combating bacterial infection and other diseases.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma commonly occurs in older age groups aged 60 years old and above. Its symptoms and signs include swollen lymph nodes, chest or abdominal pain, fatigue, fever, skin rash, vomiting, and unexplained weight loss.
Roundup was not only associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, however. In addition to cancer, the herbicide was linked to an increased incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, ADHD, Diabetes, and kidney, liver and heart disease.
As of 2020, thousands of federal lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in 2018. All these allege personal injury due to exposure to Roundup and its harmful chemical component glyphosate.
Three Roundup cases have gone to court so far. In 2018, Mr. Johnson, who was regularly exposed to Roundup as a school groundskeeper, was awarded $289 million in compensation.
In 2019, another Californian plaintiff was awarded $80 million, after spraying Roundup on his personal property for more than 20 years.
Finally, a jury in Oakland awarded the Pilliods more than $2 billion in May 2019. $55 million were awarded in compensatory damages to the couple, and $2 billion were awarded in punitive damages.
In all these cases, the jury found that Roundup caused the plaintiffs’ to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that Monsanto failed to warn consumers of this serious health hazard.
Further, the lawsuits allege that Monsanto was aware of scientific studies linking glyphosate to an increased risk of cancer. Instead of warning consumers, however, Monsanto sought to cover up on the health hazard and tamper with the scientific records.
You or a loved one may be eligible for a lawsuit as well if you fulfill certain criteria.
Firstly, you must have used at least one of the Roundup glyphosate-based products such as Roundup QuikPRO, Roundup Custom, Roundup PRO Concentrate, Roundup Max Control or others in the past.
Secondly, you must be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma including its various subtypes such as lymphocytic lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, hairy cell leukemia, and others.
Furthermore, if your family member died due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma associated with Roundup exposure, you might be compensated for wrongful death and loss of consortium.
To this day, Bayer insists that glyphosate isn’t a human carcinogen despite ample evidence indicating otherwise. It has refuted any claims of wrongdoing, arguing for the safety of its weed killing products.
What to Do if You Have Symptoms of Roundup Exposure?
If you suspect that you or a loved one suffers from any of the symptoms mentioned above following Roundup use, the first step you should take is to promptly consult a physician. The sooner you see a doctor, the more the harmful effects of glyphosate exposure can be minimized.
Your physician will perform all the necessary tests and investigations to reach a proper diagnosis. If you’re diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including any of its subtypes, we strongly encourage you to discuss your case with an attorney.
If you believe you have a claim, contact Greg Reeves for a free consultation to determine whether you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the weed killer manufacturer. He’ll explain your legal options and give you advice on how best to proceed with your case.
Competent representation is crucial to recover the financial help you need to pay medical expenses, hospital stays, as well as post-recovery care. The settlement money will also help provide for your family and pay your children’s tuition while you’re ill.
It’s important to talk with an attorney as soon as possible after your diagnosis. Many states have statutes of limitations (deadlines) on personal injury lawsuits.
Equally important is to preserve medical bills and all records of associated expenses as these are the basis of any awards you receive in compensatory damage.
Compelling evidence has linked the use of Roundup with the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Nonetheless, Bayer persists in invalidating all allegations of liability. It still claims that it’s not responsible for any losses because its warning labels are sufficient to notify users of Roundup’s potential risks.
Contact attorney Greg Reeves today for a free consultation at 256.355.3311.