Monsanto Roundup Cancer Claims Lawyers, Lawsuits and Litigation
Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is one of the nation’s most popular weed killer products. First introduced in 1974, the product is manufactured by the same company that produced DDT and Agent Orange (both of which represent significant health hazards to humans). However, when Monsanto introduced Roundup, it claimed the active ingredient (glyphosate) was safe and did not pose a threat to human health. Within the past two years, however the World Health Organization and others have determined that glyphosate probably contributes to the development of several types of cancer. As a result, farmers, agricultural workers, and weekend gardeners who have used Roundup and who have developed one of several types of cancer are suing Monsanto for manufacturing a dangerous product and hiding the health risks from the public.
The Dangers of Monsanto Roundup
It is now believed that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed control product since 1974, is a human carcinogen. Exposure to glyphosate may lead to the development of the following types of cancer:
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma;
- Bone cancer;
- Thyroid cancer;
- Pancreatic cancer;
- Colon cancer;
- Kidney cancer;
- Melanoma; and/or
- Liver cancer.
Approximately 185 million pounds of Roundup were used in 2007 alone, which is consistent with the product’s status as one of the world’s most popular weed killing products. Roundup was marketed by Monsanto as an effective weed solution for agriculture enterprises because the glyphosate could be sprayed on plants and crops alike but would only inhibit the growth of the plants (leaving the crop unharmed). Other similar products produced by Monsanto containing glyphosate include:
- Other “Roundup” brand products;
There are also other products produced by separate manufacturers that contain glyphosate.
The Link Between Monsanto Roundup and Cancer
It has been suspected for several decades that Roundup and glyphosate may not be as safe for humans as Monsanto may have initially claimed. Nevertheless, it was not until the 2015 study conducted by the World Health Organization that a sufficiently-convincing link between exposure to glyphosate and cancer was established. The link (though convincing) is not accepted by all, and so far there is no ban in the United States on the marketing and sale of Roundup (although in some states the product may not be available and/or Monsanto may not be able to market the product as safe for use).
What is a Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit?
Now that it appears exposure to glyphosate (even exposure over just a couple of years) can lead to the development of serious forms of cancer, individuals have come forward to claim that their exposure to Roundup played a role in the development of their cancer. In some of these suits, the individual diagnosed with cancer is still alive and may be struggling with the high costs of medical treatments for his or her cancer; in other cases, the cancer victim has already passed but the victim’s surviving family members are bringing a lawsuit on behalf of themselves and their deceased loved one. The plaintiffs in these cases are seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, time missed from work, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other economic and noneconomic damages. These suits allege that Monsanto is liable and should pay for such compensation because (allegedly):
- Monsanto manufactured a product that is dangerous to humans when used according to Monsanto’s instructions and did not adequately investigate whether other similar products could be made that would not have presented a risk to the health of users;
- Monsanto falsely advertised Roundup and other products containing glyphosate as being safe for humans even though there was mounting evidence suggesting this was not true;
- Monsanto failed to adequately warn purchasers of Roundup that the product presented a cancer risk to humans even though Monsanto knew this was true for some time before studies began to establish a link between glyphosate and cancer.
These lawsuits can involve complicated scientific and medical evidence. In order to succeed, the victim must be able to clearly and convincingly establish a link between his or her cancer. The fact that a cancer patient has used Roundup and thereafter developed a form of cancer does not necessarily mean the victim is entitled to compensation (the cancer may have developed because of other habits of the victim or the victim’s exposure to other carcinogens.
Contact Stern Law, PLLC For Your Free Roundup Cancer Claims Review
Stern Law, PLLC may be contacted at (844) 808-7529 if you developed cancer after having used Roundup or other glyphosate-containing products. Attorney Ken Stern will evaluate your case and circumstances and will help you pursue a claim for compensation if there appears to be a link between your cancer and your exposure to Roundup. These cases take time to investigate and prepare as your medical records must be obtained and reviewed by experts in this field. So do not delay – call Stern Law, PLLC right away for assistance.