Raleigh Attorneys Reviewing Monsanto Roundup Cancer Claims
If you have had long-term exposure to commercial grade Roundup® and have recently been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the attorneys at Hardison & Cochran would like to review your diagnosis. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed by cancer victims against Monsanto, alleging that the weed killer Roundup causes cancer. Juries in several recent cases have reviewed the Roundup cancer evidence, found Monsanto liable and ordered the company to pay millions of dollars in damages to victims. You may have a legal right to demand compensation from the herbicide manufacturer to cover your medical bills and other losses related to the cancer diagnosis.
The lawyers at Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law are investigating cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma caused by exposure to commercial grade Roundup. Our knowledgeable product liability attorneys can review your work history and analyze whether there is a potential link between your disease and exposure to Roundup. Chemical manufacturers have a legal responsibility to produce products that are safe and to warn adequately of known hazards.
Our attorneys stand up for injured individuals and families throughout North Carolina who have been harmed by others disregard for safety, including harm caused by negligent manufacturers. Hardison & Cochran has been fighting for injured people for more than 30 years. Our attorneys handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so our clients do not have any upfront costs. You owe nothing unless we obtain compensation for you. Contact us for a free consultation and Roundup lawsuit evaluation if you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Roundup Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Lawsuits
Thousands of people diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) and multiple myeloma have filed Roundup cancer lawsuits alleging that the manufacturer Monsanto has known that glyphosate was hazardous to humans but failed to warn adequately of the health risks. Several different juries have looked at the scientific evidence and found that Monsanto should pay significant damages for individuals’ cancer.
Most recently, in May of 2019, a jury in Alameda County, California ordered Monsanto to pay more than $2 billion in damages after finding that Alva and Alberta Pilliod developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, from exposure to the company’s Roundup weed killer. It’s the largest verdict to date in ongoing Roundup cancer litigation. The jury awarded $55 million in collective compensatory damages and $1 billion to each plaintiff in punitive damages. The verdict represents the third adverse decision against Monsanto, which denies a link between its glyphosate-based herbicides and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In March 2019, a jury ordered Monsanto to pay more than an $80 million in damages to a California man who used Roundup to control weeds on his property for 26 years and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015. In his Roundup lawsuit, the man claimed that Roundup’s design was defective, Roundup lacked adequate warning of potential risks and Monsanto was negligent by not warning of the risks posed by Roundup.
After five days of deliberation, the jury determined that Roundup was a substantial contributor to the man’s cancer. The jury found that Monsanto should be held liable for the man’s cancer because it failed to include a label on its product warning of the risk of causing cancer. The jury was the second to find a link between the use of Roundup and the development of cancer.
In a case decided in 2018, another California jury concluded that Monsanto failed to warn a school groundskeeper of the risk posed by Roundup and ordered the company to pay a $289 million Roundup lawsuit payout. A judge subsequently reduced the amount to $80 million.
Monsanto continues to claim that Roundup is safe and disputes studies linking the product to cancer. The company is appealing the verdicts.
If you or your loved one used Roundup and has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be entitled to file a Roundup lawsuit and demand financial compensation from the manufacturer of Roundup.
You may have a right to demand compensation from Monsanto for physical pain, mental suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, physical impairment, grief, anxiety, and emotional distress.
What Chemicals in Roundup May Cause Cancer?
Roundup is manufactured by the Monsanto Company, a maker of agricultural chemicals. Monsanto was acquired by the German chemical company Bayer last year. Roundup is used by farmers, agricultural workers, nursery workers, landscapers, and homeowners. Its active ingredient is glyphosate. The herbicide works by blocking certain proteins that plants need to grow and is one of the most widely used weed killers in the United States.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, assessed the cancer risk of five pesticides and herbicides used in industrial farming. The World Health Organization labeled glyphosate (Roundup) as a probable carcinogen, meaning the chemical probably causes cancer in humans. The IARC report said glyphosate caused cancer in laboratory tests involving animals and said there was some evidence the chemical caused genetic damage in human cells, causing mutations that can develop into cancer.
Glyphosate has been used since the 1970s. The commercial use of glyphosate has increased significantly since the introduction of crops that have been genetically modified to make them resistant to glyphosate. That allows farmers to spray Roundup on their fields to kill weeds without harming their crops. The sodium salt form of glyphosate is used to ripen fruit. Farmworkers, as well as people living near commercial farms, may be exposed to Roundup and other glyphosate products.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2017 issued a draft risk assessment of Glyphosate and concluded that it is not likely to cause cancer in humans. However, the scientific advisory panel was divided, and glyphosate remains a focus of scientific research. More research is needed to establish the link between glyphosate and the development of cancer.
Several researchers who served on the EPA scientific advisory panel that reviewed the safety of glyphosate recently issued a study suggesting that people who are exposed to large amounts of the chemical are at heightened risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The researchers said their review of data from multiple previous studies found “a compelling link” between exposure to weed killers containing glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The study was cited in the recent case.
A group of independent scientists has urged the EPA to ban Roundup in the United States.
How Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
The National Pesticide Information Center states that some studies have associated the use of glyphosate with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the body’s immune system. It generally involves cancerous tumors in the lymph nodes. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is more common than the other type of lymphoma – Hodgkin lymphoma. According to the Mayo Clinic, certain chemicals intended to kill insects and weeds may increase your risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Roundup Cancer Symptoms
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can develop at any age, but it occurs more commonly in people 60 and older.
The symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include:
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin
- Pain in the abdomen, bowel obstruction
- Chest pain and pressure, coughing
- Unexplained weight loss
- A feeling of fullness caused by an enlarged spleen
Many of the symptoms listed above may be associated with multiple health conditions besides cancer. For example, lymph nodes can swell in response to an infection or other causes. If you or your loved one has experienced any of the above symptoms, it is important to see a doctor promptly to determine whether cancer is present.
Other types of cancer that have been linked to Roundup include:
- Multiple myeloma
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
How Can a Roundup Cancer Attorney Help?
If you have used Roundup on a regular basis and received a cancer diagnosis, you need to understand your legal options. Then you can make an informed decision about how to proceed.
Our attorneys at Hardison & Cochran can review your medical diagnosis and your employment history. We can document whether you were exposed to Roundup and how long the exposure continued. If you were exposed to herbicides containing glyphosate and have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be entitled to file a Monsanto Roundup lawsuit and demand financial compensation.
If we believe that you have a valid Roundup lawsuit, our personal injury attorneys will offer to handle your case on a contingency fee basis. You will not be expected to pay any legal fee unless we are successful in obtaining a Roundup lawsuit payout through a jury award or negotiated settlement.
The first step is to contact us for a free review of your case and discussion of your legal options.
Contact North Carolina Attorneys for Free Roundup Lawsuit Evaluation
Our Monsanto Roundup cancer attorneys at Hardison & Cochran are committed to holding accountable companies who harm North Carolina agricultural workers and farm families by failing to warn adequately of known hazards. If you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and have been regularly exposed to Roundup or other herbicides containing glyphosate, you do not have to deal with the health consequences by yourself.
Let our compassionate attorneys review the specifics of your cancer diagnosis and work history and discuss your legal options for seeking compensation for your medical bills and other losses. If you have developed cancer as a result of chemical exposure, you may be entitled to seek compensation. Call us today to find out how we can help.