Roundup Cancer Lawyers
Have you been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)? Have you used Roundup weed killer or another herbicide containing glyphosate? If so, you could be owed significant compensation, and the attorneys of The Kherkher Law Firm PLLC want to talk to you right away.
You may have heard that many scientists believe there is a link between glyphosate weed killers, like Roundup, and NHL. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup and similar weed killers, has been designated as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Farmers, farmworkers, groundskeepers, landscapers, and gardeners who use Roundup or other glyphosate products are at risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and other related forms of cancer. Over 18,400 people have filed cases against Monsanto (and now Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in 2018). The suits claim that Roundup exposure caused them or their loved ones to develop NHL and that Monsanto covered up the risks.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with NHL or related cancer and want to know whether you might have a potential Roundup lawsuit, please contact the experienced Roundup lawyers at The Kherkher Law Firm PLLC by calling 713-244-6363, chatting with us live, or by filling out a contact form on our website.
Roundup Exposure and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
The giant multinational chemical company Monsanto first introduced Roundup into the market in 1974. Over the last several decades, Roundup has grown in popularity, and today is one of the top weed killing products worldwide. However, many scientific studies have questioned its safety. In 2015, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published findings concluding that glyphosate–the active chemical in Roundup–is a Group 2A cancer-causing chemical. This category means it is “probably” carcinogenic to humans. The report found a strong link between NHL and glyphosate exposure, and specifically Roundup.
To make this assessment, a working group of scientists conducted a thorough and exhaustive analysis of government data and peer-reviewed scientific studies. The IARC’s report opened the floodgates for thousands of plaintiffs to file lawsuits claiming that their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by Roundup use. In 2017, the state of California listed glyphosate as a known carcinogen. California is one of the states in the U.S. with the highest Roundup use.
Scientific studies have also found strong correlations between Roundup exposure and other health problems, including:
- Birth defects
- Brain cancer
- Celiac disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Liver disease
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Reproductive and pregnancy Issues
- Respiratory Illness
Is Roundup Responsible for Your Illness?
The first federal court case against Roundup involved a California man, DeWayne Johnson, who was diagnosed with NHL after working as a school groundskeeper. He sprayed a concentrated version of the product around school property about 20 and 30 times a year for four years. Two years into the job, he was diagnosed with NHL, which later developed into a more aggressive, terminal form of cancer. A jury in San Francisco determined that his cancer was caused by exposure to Roundup and ordered Monsanto to pay damages to Johnson. His final payout was $78 million.
Since Johnson’s case, three other plaintiffs have been awarded millions in damages in federal and state courts, and thousands more have filed lawsuits. They all used Roundup extensively for years, either in their jobs or at their homes, thinking that Roundup was safe.
The amount of use of Roundup may vary from person to person. Johnson, the groundskeeper, and many farmers use 50-gallon drums of concentrated product many times per year. The average consumer may have much less exposure if they are only taking a bottle of Roundup out to the yard a few times a month to kill annoying weeds. However, it’s still not clear how much Roundup is safe. While Monsanto’s scientists say that Roundup is safe, many non-industry scientists question this conclusion, saying that no level of Roundup exposure is risk-free.
Glyphosate is dangerous on its own, but scientists believe that it’s even more hazardous when mixed with other chemicals, such as the mixture found in Roundup. One 2008 study determined that using Roundup for 10 or more days per year can result in twice the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma compared to no exposure to the product. Other studies have shown similar results, suggesting that even homeowners who use Roundup can be at risk, as well as the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, and others with compromised immune systems.
Glyphosate kills weeds by preventing them from making specific proteins that are needed for plant growth. Glyphosate interferes with a critical enzyme pathway, the shikimic acid pathway. It can also cause DNA damage, leading to cell mutations.
However, glyphosate is non-specific, meaning it doesn’t just affect annoying weeds. It can affect the enzyme pathways in other plants and animals, including humans. Humans can be at risk if they get Roundup or glyphosate on their skin, in their eyes, or in their lungs. You or your pet might swallow it accidentally if you eat or smoke after applying it, without washing your hands first, or inhale it if you spill some on your clothing, touch plants that are still wet with spray, or inhale the spray itself during application.
How to Pursue a Claim Against Roundup
The Kherkher Law Firm PLLC represents gardeners, landscapers, farmers, farmworkers, homeowners, government workers, and others who were diagnosed with NHL after being exposed to Roundup.
While each case is different, some of the most common damages pursued by claimants include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death (if a loved one passed away from cancer caused by Roundup)
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you may be facing considerable medical costs. If you were diagnosed after using Roundup, you should consider speaking with a Roundup cancer attorney. Monsanto’s failure to properly warn you and other consumers about the hazards involved with Roundup use has put millions of people at risk. We believe that Monsanto is responsible for illness and other damages borne by the product’s users because they failed to warn consumers of Roundup’s links to cancer.
How Can The Kherkher Law Firm PLLC Help Me?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with NHL or a related cancer, contact the Roundup lawyers at The Kherkher Law Firm PLLC today. We will put our skills and extensive resources to work for you. As a consumer, you put your faith in these large companies like Monsanto and Bayer AG to put out products that are safe for use. When they knowingly and willingly fail to do so and you suffer serious illness as a result, you have the right to hold them financially accountable for the harm you’ve suffered.
That’s where our attorneys will step in. Together, we’ll stand up to the chemical companies and demand fair compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. Don’t let them get away with putting profits over your health. We’ll help ensure that you get the compensation you need and deserve. To speak with one of our attorneys about your Roundup exposure case, call us for a free consultation at 713-244-6363. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you won’t owe us anything until we win your case.