Caddo County Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Lawyer
Recent research has revealed that glyphosate, a chemical in the popular herbicide Roundup, is a carcinogen. Monsanto, the company that manufactures Roundup, did not give any warning or indication to professionals or consumers that the product was dangerous. As a result, victims around the country are attempting to bring Monsanto to justice in civil court for putting its profits above the safety of countless innocent people.
Known for its bountiful crops and agriculture, Caddo County Oklahoma has unfortunately been negatively affected as a result of this dangerous product. If you or a loved one in Caddo County was recently diagnosed with cancer and you believe that exposure to Roundup is to blame, our team of attorneys at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. is more than willing to help.
We will work diligently to get you and your family the financial compensation you deserve, as well as offering compassion and support during this difficult health crisis. Contact us at 800-900-7704 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, and we can discuss the best approach for your case on a confidential basis.
Our legal services include thoroughly gathering evidence supporting your claim, including medical reports, filing all the necessary forms and required legal paperwork, conducting depositions of relevant Monsanto corporate officers and others who may be responsible for introducing Roundup into the marketplace, and carefully reviewing all internal documents regarding the marketing of the product.
If we are unable to negotiate a proper settlement, we are fully prepared to take the company to court to get you the money damages that you and your family deserve for your ordeal.
Why You Need a Lawyer
If you are employed in an industry where Roundup is or was deployed, or you are a consumer who used the product at home, an experienced lawyer will bring forth their legal expertise to determine with confidence whether the root cause of your cancer diagnosis is tied to exposure to the herbicide.
In addition, with a lawyer by your side who can accurately value your damages, you will stand a good chance of gaining the maximum amount of compensation possible for your case.
This particularly includes effective negotiations with insurance companies. Insurers may attempt to extend a lowball settlement offer to save them money and effort and keep the case out of court.
A Roundup cancer attorney instead treats you with the respect that you deserve and knows how to be assertive in protecting your rights and fighting to get you the maximum amount of compensation possible, either at the negotiating table or at trial. Potential compensation includes medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any other harm that you have suffered.
Why Choose Us?
The Driscoll Firm, P.C. has demonstrated experience in litigating product liability cases and coming out with successful results. A case involving Roundup, which is large and complex, is still comfortably within our field of expertise. Lead attorneys, John J. Driscoll, and Chris Quinn, both have stellar track records in complicated and highly technical product liability litigation that will give you confidence that our firm is one you can rely on and trust.
Our approach is determined by each of our clients’ individual needs and goals with their particular case. We are happy to represent all of our clients against corporations that deceive them, and we make sure to keep you consistently updated on the status of your case. We believe that we shouldn’t charge a penny to our clients unless we bring results, which is why we represent clients on a contingency fee basis. Until you gain your rightful compensation, and justice is served, you will not have to pay us anything.
Caddo County and Roundup Claims
Caddo County Oklahoma has always been known for its agriculture that makes up a significant portion of its economic base. In 1907, 80 percent of the county was farmland, in total consisting of 360,000 acres under cultivation. A wide array of different crops grew in the area, including wheat, cotton, corn, alfalfa, broomcorn, and Kaffir corn, sustained by rich nutrients from the fertile river and creek bottom. In 1960, Caddo County ranked first in Oklahoma in raising poultry and hogs and the production of peanuts.
As the 21st century began, Caddo County had about 1,500 farms that in total comprised 726,629 acres. With all of the crops cultivated in Caddo County, Roundup use can be especially harmful to the farmers involved in maintaining the county’s rich agriculture.
In addition to professional gardeners, and those who work in the agricultural or horticulture industry, people who live near farms can also be at risk.
Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world, and it is a huge source of revenue for Monsanto, now owned by pharmaceutical giant Bayer, bringing in more than $6 billion a year. However, in 2015 it was revealed to be a potential health risk by the World Health Organization (WHO) because of the toxicity of one of its key ingredients, glyphosate.
Cancer is a serious side effect of exposure to glyphosate. This includes leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), B-cell lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Farmers and gardeners are particularly susceptible to Roundup-induced glyphosate exposure.
Farmworkers, in particular, are at the most risk for developing NHL. Symptoms for this type of cancer include chest pain, anemia, enlarged lymph nodes, and shortness of breath. On the other hand, gardening center employees are more susceptible to developing lymphoma; the symptoms include fatigue, fever, chills, bleeding or easy bruising, severe infections, and recurring nose bleeds.
Those who are employed in the nursery industry carry more risk for developing B-cell lymphoma, and the symptoms that come with this type include night sweats, chills, an enlarged spleen, pain/swelling in the head, and fever.
There has been extensive research done to give credibility to the claims about the dangers of Roundup use. As noted above, a significant form of research was released by a division of the World Health Organization in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
After concluding the study, the agency declared that glyphosate was “possibly carcinogenic.” Backing up this conclusion was the fact that lab-test animals got cancer after being exposed to the chemical. As one of the most highly regarded health organizations in the world, the IARC’s conclusion was greeted with seriousness by farmers, consumers, and the agriculture industry generally, which started realizing the inherent danger that came with using Roundup.
Roundup Case Verdicts
The settlement value of Roundup cases has been influenced by the massive value of the initial Roundup test cases. The first substantial verdict of a Roundup case came in August 2018 for a groundskeeper for a local school district in the San Francisco Bay Area. The tasks of his job involved applying Roundup outside school properties regularly for years. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with large cell transformation in 2015, and he became one of the first plaintiffs to file a product liability lawsuit against Monsanto three years later.
An eight-week trial occurred in San Francisco County after which a jury found Monsanto liable. The verdict awarded $289 million in total damages to the plaintiff, of which $250 million were punitive damages. Although a judge reduced the award to $78.5 million, this case was the first of many to bring staggering results in favor of those fighting against Monsanto.
The next landmark outcome occurred in February 2019. The California plaintiff, along with his wife, had been living on 56 acres on what once was a refuge for exotic animals. The plaintiff had sprayed Roundup extensively to treat poison oak, weeds, and overgrowth on the property over a long period of time. He started using Roundup at his property in the 1980s and continued to spray it frequently through 2012. In February 2015, the plaintiff was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. At trial, the jury found the product to be defective and to be a factor in the plaintiffs’ developing NHL. He received a jury verdict that totaled $80 million in damages which included $75 million in punitive damages.
Another legal result that undoubtedly brought the most significant result to date occurred in May 2019. The plaintiffs in this case were a married California couple in their 70s who had used Roundup regularly on their property and occasionally on other properties. The husband subsequently developed large B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and his wife developed central nervous system lymphoma which later developed into NHL. Following a trial, which lasted seven weeks, the verdict awarded them an astonishing $2.055 billion in damages against Monsanto, most of which was in the form of punitive damages. The company has indicated it will appeal
These initial cases will nonetheless play an influential role in determining the global settlement value of future Roundup cases in other jurisdictions.
Contact Our Caddo County Roundup Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a result of exposure to Roundup in Caddo County, you’re not alone. Our team at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. is ready to help you hold the manufacturer responsible for the harm you’ve suffered, and we’ll seek the maximum compensation possible. You could be owed significant compensation, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us to find out what you’re entitled to recover.
Contact us at 800-900-7704 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation. One of our experienced Roundup cancer attorneys can discuss with you the best approach for your case in terms of your legal rights and options.