Farm workers, landscape professionals, home gardeners, and many other residents in the US are deeply concerned about the health risks associated with the widely-used Monsanto herbicide called Roundup. Tens of thousands of people have filed lawsuits over the years, claiming that their exposure to Roundup caused serious illnesses such as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This is particularly worrying in Ohio, one of the nation’s top agricultural states, where nearly one in every eight jobs is related to agriculture.
A number of lawsuits against Monsanto (now Bayer) have already resulted in verdicts, but it has not been easy for these plaintiffs. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been harmed by Roundup exposure, and wish to get compensated by Monsanto, you will need the help of a competent attorney.
In Ohio, contact The Fitch Law Firm at (855) LAW-OHIO for a free consultation.
Does Roundup Weed Killer Cause Cancer?
The primary ingredient in Roundup Weed Killer is a chemical called glyphosate. Developed in the 1970s, this chemical is now the center of debate.
The agrochemical giant Monsanto, which has been acquired by Bayer in 2018, insists that glyphosate is not a human carcinogen. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also stated in 2017 that glyphosate is not likely to cause cancer in humans. However, this is the opposite of what the agency said in 1995, when it said that the chemical should be labeled as a probable human carcinogen.
A more comprehensive assessment by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Several other studies support this.
The disease most commonly associated with glyphosate is Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a group name for certain blood cancers affecting lymphocytes or white blood cells. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma affects these cells’ ability to fight infections, drastically weakening the patient’s immune system.
With the serious health concerns surrounding glyphosate, dozens of countries around the world have now banned or placed restrictions on this chemical. These countries include Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, and New Zealand. The USA is not among them.
Who Can File A Lawsuit Against Monsanto?
By Bayer’s own estimate, there are 18,400 plaintiffs suing the company over Roundup as of July 11, 2019. The Roundup lawsuits allege that:
- Plaintiffs’ exposure to glyphosate has caused or exacerbated their cancer.
- Monsanto knew that glyphosate is a potential carcinogen, but failed to warn consumers about the risk.
- Monsanto misrepresented the health and environmental risks posed by Roundup, essentially misinforming the public about the product.
If you or someone in your family developed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup, and you believe that Monsanto should be held responsible for it, you may take legal action against the company. It doesn’t matter whether you are a farmer, an agricultural worker, a home gardener, a landscaper, or a resident constantly exposed to the herbicide. You should consult with a reliable injury attorney to determine your best legal steps towards compensation.
In Ohio, contact The Fitch Law Firm at (855) LAW-OHIO for a free case evaluation.
How Much Compensation Can I Obtain From Monsanto?
In August 2018, the very first trial against Roundup resulted in a $289-million verdict. The plaintiff was Dewayne Johnson, a former groundskeeper at a San Francisco school. He was constantly exposed to glyphosate due to his job, and in at least two occasions, the herbicide was accidentally spilled on him. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014, which the jury later attributed to his exposure to Roundup.
Another San Francisco plaintiff was awarded $80 million in a March 2019 Roundup case. Edwin Hardeman used Monsanto herbicides on his California property from 1986 to 2012. By 2015, he learned that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The jury concluded that Roundup was a “substantial factor” in this illness.
This verdict was followed by another in May 2019. Alva and Alberta Pilliod won a $2-billion verdict after they were both diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The couple said they used about a gallon of Roundup every week for over three decades on their California property.
These high-value verdicts offer a glimpse into what a Roundup claimant may potentially obtain from Bayer. However, injury settlements and verdicts vary widely based on the unique factors in each case. In general, you could be compensated for damages such as:
- Medical bills
- Continuing care (palliative, hospice)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Lost ability to earn.
The best way to maximize your compensation is by talking to a personal injury lawyer. Your attorney can thoroughly investigate your case, identify all economic and non-economic losses, and employ strategies that can win you a just payout.
How Much Will It Cost To Sue Monsanto?
Some people hesitate to take legal action because they are afraid of hourly lawyer rates. But we at The Fitch Law Firm follow the standard contingency billing in personal injury cases, which means we charge no lawyer fee until we obtain compensation for you. In other words, you get our legal services for no cost during your case. You’ll only pay us a percentage of the compensation we win for you.
Costs associated with a personal injury case include filing fees and other litigation expenses.
Time Is An Important Factor In A Monsanto Lawsuit
The statute of limitations sets time limits for filing a lawsuit. A product liability case, such as that against Roundup, has a Statute of Limitations of two years. This means you have only two years from the date you discover your illness to file your lawsuit. It may seem like an ample amount of time, but many injury claimants end up losing their right to sue because they waited too long to take action.
Don’t delay your claim. At the very least, start by talking to an attorney to assess your case and see you legal options.
Contact The Fitch Law Firm Today
Many Ohioans have trusted the Fitch Law Firm for their injury cases, even challenging ones involving powerful companies. Our firm has over 30 years of experience. We at The Fitch Law firm have achieved hundreds of favorable outcomes for clients. While we fight with hard-hitting representation, we treat our clients with responsiveness and compassion throughout their case.
You risk no money with us, as we’ll only charge based on how much we win for you. Your initial consultation with us is also free. Call us at (855) LAW-OHIO today.