Roundup is the most commonly used herbicide to kill weeds. Primarily used by farmers to protect their crops, homeowners also use the chemical to maintain the beauty of their lawns. These consumers trusted Monsanto, the parent company of Roundup, when they said the main chemical – glyphosate – was not carcinogenic to humans or animals. Today, there are 11,000 cases pending against Monsanto for the life-threatening dangers of this chemical.
About the Monsanto Lawsuits
When Bayer AG acquired Monsanto in 2018, the company deemed glyphosate to be a “safe and efficient weed control tool”. Yet a recent University of Washington study reported exposure to this herbicide raises cancer risk by 41 percent. Specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which targets the body’s immune system.
In 2019, there have been three successful lawsuits against Monsanto that paid out large settlements – despite the US Environmental Protection Agency releasing a statement “that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.” The most recent case in May had the biggest payout of $2 billion for a California couple diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after years of using Roundup weed killer.
How Dangerous Is Glyphosate?
There is a divide among farmers as to whether or not glyphosate is dangerous to use. On the one hand, it’s an incredibly powerful herbicide for weed control that allows us to grow food. On the other hand, its use has been linked to a very serious form of cancer.
In spite of the growing number of lawsuits, Roundup is the leading herbicide on the market today and likely is not going anywhere. If your life has been changed for the worse by glyphosate, you are not happy to hear that news.
Take it from John Barton, a retired farmer suing Monsanto for his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis in 2015. “They said it was as safe as table salt. It’s so safe you can drink it,” he said. Now John’s life has been completely altered by cancer.
Have You Been Affected?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a group of blood cancers that starts in the lymphatic system. According to the American Cancer Society, about 74,200 people will be diagnosed with the disease in 2019. Common symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
People may display no symptoms at all. If you’ve been regularly exposed to Roundup, it’s important to be tested for non-Hodgkin lymphoma early and get ahead of the cancer.
At Trantolo & Trantolo, we believe product manufacturers should be held to the highest safety standards. Consumers and their families deserve justice when a dangerous product causes them harm. If you used Roundup and were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be able to pursue a claim against Monsanto. Contact us to speak with a product liability attorney today.