North Carolina Roundup Cancer Lawyers
Roundup is a popular herbicide that is widely used in many types of agriculture around the globe. It is a glyphosate-based herbicide that is used to kill weeds that compete with various kinds of crops. Roundup is extremely affective at killing weeds, but unfortunately, it has been linked to various forms of cancer in humans including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia.
The Driscoll Firm, P.C. is dedicated to helping those diagnosed with cancer or other illness linked to exposure to Roundup. The World Health Organization labels the herbicide as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” and studies have shown links to cancer. Roundup producer Monsanto has failed to exercise due care by placing proper product warnings on Roundup, and the company is currently facing more than 11,000 lawsuits.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer linked to Roundup exposure, call the North Carolina Roundup lawyers of The Driscoll Firm, P.C. today. Pursuing the compensation you need and deserve can be extremely difficult without an experienced lawyer on your side. Give us a call to set up a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so we won’t receive a penny unless we win your case.
Roundup Lawsuits in the U.S.
Thousands of lawsuits related to Roundup are currently pending across the United States. Plaintiffs throughout the country have claimed that Roundup producer Monsanto has deliberately neglected to exercise due diligence in informing the public of the dangers of their product. This is a major concern because Roundup is the most commonly used herbicide in the United States, which means many people have potentially had regular exposure to the chemical.
Many other countries including Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands have prohibited the use and import of glyphosate-based herbicides because of their carcinogenic properties and the danger they pose to their populations. Here in the US, some cities and counties have even begun to ban Roundup’s use. Now that the costly effects of Roundup are becoming widely known, it is imperative that the manufacturer be held accountable for their negligence.
Roundup Use in North Carolina
Soybeans are one of the most widely produced crops in the state of North Carolina. Roughly 1.6 million acres of land in North Carolina is dedicated to soybean growth each year, and soybeans have the biggest crop footprint in the state. The crop can yield up to $800 million dollars for farmers in a good year. Some of the leading counties in soybean production are Robeson, Pitt, Beaufort, and Wayne.
The supply, demand, and importance to agriculture of soybeans in the state of North Carolina poses obvious need for weed control. Weeds compete with all kinds of crops for necessary light, water, and nutrients and must be dealt with in order for crops to thrive. Though there are alternative methods of weed management such as crop competition, herbicides like Roundup are still widely used across the country to treat crops, and the soybeans of North Carolina are no exception. All of the roughly 48,000 farms in North Carolina use pesticides to some extent to treat crops.
The Effects of Roundup
Glyphosate, the base ingredient of Roundup, has been linked to cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It has been considered “probably carcinogenic to humans” since 2015 by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. In addition, some research suggests that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor and that it has the potential to kill beneficial gut bacteria in human embryonic cells. Furthermore, a cohort study in Indiana in 2017 revealed that pregnant women exposed to glyphosate whose urine samples showed it in their systems had shorter pregnancy lengths, presenting significant correlation.
Those diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other types of cancers can expect brutal side effects from both the disease and the treatments necessary. Side effects of cancer include, but are not limited to various aches and pains, changes in taste and smell, bowel changes, severe fatigue, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, weight gain or loss, insomnia, nausea, and loss of appetite. The most common cancer treatment is chemotherapy, which also presents an array of side effects in most patients, including hair loss, fatigue, anemia, appetite changes, bowel changes, and mouth sores.
The potential side effects of exposure to Roundup are not to be taken lightly, and they can result in pain and suffering as well as financial struggles for those affected and their families.
Who Is at Risk of Developing Cancer Due to Roundup?
Since glyphosate-based herbicides are the most commonly used method of weed control in the United States, many people may face consistent exposure to the harmful chemical. The most at-risk populations are those who regularly work around plants treated with these herbicides, and they include farmers, groundskeepers, nursery workers, gardeners, and landscapers.
However, research shows that Roundup is not only used in agriculture. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, 26 million pounds of Roundup are used to keep weeds out of public spaces such as schools and playgrounds each year. Anybody that lives near these spaces where the herbicide is regularly used could be at risk for developing health issues. Of particular concern are the elderly who may struggle with chemotherapy treatments should they develop cancer from glyphosate exposure, and pregnant women because of the potential for shorter pregnancy terms linked to glyphosate exposure.
Can I file a claim for Roundup-related illness in the state of North Carolina?
Yes. If you’ve been diagnosed with an illness you believe is a result of exposure to Roundup in North Carolina, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the losses and pain you’ve suffered. Schedule a no-obligation consultation with us today to discuss your case and options for pursuing a claim.
How long do I have to file a claim in North Carolina?
The statute of limitations on filing a product liability claim in the state of North Carolina is three years from the date of injury. However, certain situations can provide exemptions to the statute of limitations. For example, if a plaintiff is incapacitated in some form due to their injuries, the three-year time limit does not start until the plaintiff is no longer incapacitated. In addition, an exemption can be made to the statute of limitations if the injuries do not present symptoms at first. In those cases, the statute of limitations will start when symptoms are manifested or the negligence is otherwise discovered. Speak with an experienced attorney to find out how the statute of limitations applies to your case.
Can I seek compensation if I’ve lost a loved one to illness from Roundup exposure?
When you lose a family member through another person or corporation’s negligence, there are several types of compensation you may be eligible to receive. In the unfortunate event that you lose a loved one to illness sustained from Roundup exposure, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim. Money cannot bring back your lost loved one, but it can ease the financial burdens you may face as a result of their death such as medical bills and funeral expenses. Our attorneys will compassionately talk you through your options if you want to pursue a claim.
Why Choose Us to Help
The lawyers at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. have a wealth of experience handling complicated cases such as illness related to Roundup exposure across the United States. Our attorneys are well-versed in handling all types of personal injury and product liability cases, as well as consumer class action cases in which corporations have deliberately neglected to inform the public of the potential dangers of their products. We believe corporations like Monsanto should be held liable for the pain and suffering their products have caused.
Though we work with clients from all over the country, each client receives the compassionate and personalized attention they deserve in the handling of their case. We believe all clients deserve our full attention and efforts in helping them seek justice. In addition, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means our clients pay us nothing for our services unless we secure financial awards for them. We have a proven track record of success in achieving fair and full settlements for our clients, and we are confident in our ability to help you.
Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love has suffered an illness, pain, financial loss, and heartache from Roundup exposure, you don’t have to face the complicated legal system alone in seeking justice. You need an experienced and dedicated lawyer on your side. Contact The Driscoll Firm, P.C. today for your free, no-obligation consultation so we can gather the details of your case and help you form a plan of action for obtaining the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at 800-900-7704 today, and visit our website for a free case evaluation online.