Nebraska Roundup Cancer Lawyers
The Driscoll Firm, P.C. represents individuals in Nebraska who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) due to exposure to Roundup. Roundup, one of the most popular herbicides ever marketed and sold, was used liberally on farms, gardens, and lawns throughout the state. The company that developed and manufactured Roundup, Monsanto, was recently found to have misled the public about the potential harm to humans in the form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, leukemia, and other serious and potentially fatal illnesses. Now, Monsanto and the conglomerate that purchased it in 2018, Bayer AG, will have to listen to the voices of consumers who’ve become ill due to this dangerous product.
If you or someone you know in Nebraska was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma after significant exposure to Roundup, The Driscoll Firm, P.C. wants to talk to you about your legal options.
Call The Driscoll Firm, P.C. at 800-900-7704 today to set up a free consultation to see if you are eligible to file a claim against the chemical giant for damages from exposure to Roundup. When we take your case, we will do so on a contingency basis, which means you will not be charged a retainer or any other fees. We won’t collect anything until we secure compensation for you.
Roundup Cancer Claims in Nebraska
Nebraska is an agricultural state, with the 16 largest land area but the seventh smallest population density in the United States. With only a couple of small cities, like Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska is pretty much rural. Everyone lives on or adjacent to on a farm, or they work on one. The top five agricultural products in Nebraska, by revenue, are cattle and calves, corn for grain, soybeans, hogs, and wheat. Roundup is one of the most-used agricultural chemicals in the world. It has been applied liberally on crops for decades, largely because it was very effective at weed control but, Monsanto insisted, it was not harmful to people or livestock. It turns out this was not true.
Three major cases in California established that Roundup caused lethal cancers in people who used the herbicide year after year. Moreover, the verdicts established that Monsanto knew their product carried significant cancer risk but they lied about it to their customers and did not label the product correctly.
Because of these legal determinations, cancer lawyers who bring injury and product liability lawsuits against the company do not have to prove their clients’ cancers were caused by Roundup; they only have to prove the company mislead customers and did not give them ample opportunity to assess the risks of Roundup before using it.
The Dangers of Roundup
Roundup’s primary ingredient is glyphosate, developed in the early 1970s. Monsanto’s product strategy was to render the herbicide harmless to cash crops by genetically modifying them so they were not affected by Roundup or glyphosate. Monsanto is also one of the world’s major suppliers of seeds for major agricultural products, so genetically modifying a significant portion of the world’s seed stock was a relatively reachable goal.
The herbicide was popular from the beginning because it reliably killed weeds but did not kill revenue-producing crops. The company said glyphosate did not harm humans or livestock. The net effect was that farmers, agricultural workers, and ranchers applied Roundup liberally, often without wearing protective clothing. There were no labels on the product to handle the herbicide with care and avoid prolonged exposure. But to people using the product were not warned of any downside risk to Roundup to the health of owners, workers, and others exposed to the chemical.
However, Roundup had multiple formulations with different applications, and some of the chemicals added to glyphosate were known carcinogens. This made some in the agricultural chemical industry skeptical that there was no risk to prolonged exposure to Roundup in its various permutations. But Monsanto was effective at deflecting any suspicion about one of their most profitable products.
However, several prominent researchers looked into Monsanto’s blanket claim that glyphosate and Roundup were not harmful to animals or humans. Some research suggested that the mechanism that made the herbicide effective against weeds by creating an amino acid deficiency in weeds that eventually kills them also created an amino acid deficiency in the human gut that interfered with the absorption of nutrients. This deficiency was linked to non-Hodgkins lymphoma and other blood cancers, and celiac disease, a rare metabolic disorder.
This research meant Monsanto’s blanket claim that Roundup was harmless to humans was not true. Attorney’s for plaintiffs’ suing Monsanto began to look for evidence that Monsanto was aware of the flaws in their popular product, and the discovery process revealed multiple documents that the company did not only know it was true but actively came up with strategies to cover up the truth. The ultimate proof of this duplicity came when court documents revealed that, though the company did not provide labels and warnings about wearing protective clothing on their products, workers at Monsanto were required to wear protective clothing when using Roundup.
Why Nebraska, and Why Now?
Over 13,000 lawsuits against Monsanto for Roundup have been filed to date. The first lawsuits after the link between Roundup and cancer were determined scientifically were in California. Monsanto lost three suits in a row and was assessed damages of $289 million and $2 billion in two of those cases. The vast majority of those awards were for damages. However, Nebraska does not allow for punitive damages in civil lawsuits, so the attorneys for the defendants asked the next round of litigation be moved to Nebraska, were five lawsuits will be tried. The judge in the trials, Judge Vince Chhabria, is allowing those five to be moved but ruled 17 cases will still be tried in California.
The impact of non-Hodgkins lymphoma and other blood cancers on you and your family
Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is a serious, often painful disease. Those afflicted are significantly weakened and have impaired immune systems. Treatment is expensive. The cancer is fatal in roughly one-third of cases.
The Roundup cases moving to Nebraska will all be tried in federal court. If you live in Nebraska and believe you have gotten sick from prolonged exposure to the herbicide, we want to be your advocate at this difficult time. The company will fight as hard as they can to swing the verdict in their direction. After three disastrous losses, they probably feel they have no choice. [Note: Monsanto was bought by Bayer, one of the largest chemical companies in the world.]
We want to fight these corporate giants and get you the compensation you are owed. We have plenty of experience in federal court and we are not intimidated by Bayer’s size or reputation. We know that the law is on our side. We know the law, we know how to use the available research, and how to develop further research, that proves Monsanto knew they were misleading their customers and also knew how dangerous their product could be. Our team understands what is at stake for you and your family and we will get to the bottom of this, for your sake.
What damages could you win in a Roundup product liability case?
At the core of any product liability or personal injury is the doctrine of duty of care. This means any company selling a product to the public has to affirm their product is not harmful if used properly. They have to have the product tested under scientific conditions, and they must report the results of those tests to regulatory bodies. Monsanto failed in the duty of care, because they either did not have Roundup tested properly, or they covered up the results of tests that showed results detrimental to the company
The damages you may collect from Monsanto include:
- Current and future medical bills related to treatment for Roundup-related cancers.
- Lost wages and other compensation from work, well as the loss of future income and earnings.
- Travel expenses for medical visits and treatment
- Compensation for pain, suffering and mental anguish from your cancer.
While you may feel you are vulnerable from your disease and you cannot fight a major corporation with the resources you have alone, The Driscoll Firm, P.C. wants to assure you that this is a fight you can win with us in your corner. It is Bayer that is vulnerable, because of the mounting evidence that the company they purchased misled, lied to, covered up, and intimidated those entrusted with regulating Roundup and protecting the health and wellbeing of consumers.
Contact a Nebraska Roundup Attorney Today
We will take responsibility for your case and file the best claim we can on your behalf. We will negotiate with the other side, but if they refuse to offer a fair and reasonable settlement amount we will file a lawsuit in civil court. Because we are responsible for more than just the legal end; we understand how a case like this impacts every facet of your families’ life. We take that responsibility very seriously. So call The Driscoll Firm, P.C. at 800-900-7704 now for our free consultation.