Kingfisher County Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys
Roundup is one of the most globally popular herbicides ever manufactured. It contains glyphosate, which has been linked to various forms of cancer. Anyone who lives in proximity to a major agricultural center in which Roundup has been liberally applied may have been exposed to the glyphosate-based herbicide, which contains properties that inhibit enzymes in the human gut, impacting the growth of cancer cells. If this is the case for yourself or a loved one, you may have a solid case for a personal injury claim. An experienced lawyer can help.
Roundup was developed and marketed by Monsanto, one of the largest seed companies in the world. Monsanto was bought out in September of 2016 by Bayer, the largest chemical company across the globe. Roundup’s success at killing weeds while not killing cash crops and other profitable plants have made it the prevalent herbicide choice it is today. More than 4 billion tons of Roundup have been applied to crops worldwide.
Monsanto has repeatedly asserted that Roundup poses no threat to humans. However, the glyphosate-based herbicide has been labeled as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization, and recent cases against Bayer-Monsanto have produced significant results for plaintiffs. In 2018, a jury ordered Bayer-Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who had developed Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after exposure.
If you live in Oklahoma’s Kingfisher County and believe you have been exposed to harmful levels of Roundup over years, The Driscoll Firm, P.C. can help you achieve the justice you deserve.
Contact us if you have been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma, or another form of cancer you believe is related to Roundup exposure. Call 800-900-7704 today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us get to work for you.
Roundup Exposure in Kingfisher County
Oklahomans have long used Roundup in their fields to treat crops, believing it to be a safe herbicide. Workers in the agriculture and landscaping industries have frequently been exposed to glyphosate through Roundup. As tractor and crop dusters spray massive amounts of glyphosate across vast sections of Oklahoma farmland, it isn’t just farmers that are impacted by Roundup. Their neighbors are exposed to the chemical as well.
Our Oklahoma Roundup cancer lawsuit attorneys are here to help Oklahomans who believe they have suffered medical issues due to Roundup exposure. If you or someone you know works with Roundup or lives close to an area of significant Roundup use and has developed correlated medical problems, you may have a case against Monsanto.
In Oklahoma, agriculture has been the backbone of counties like Kingfisher since the area was opened for settlement in 1899. Rye and wheat have been the most important crops, while gas and oil exploration became essential to the county economy during the 1920s.
According to Pesticide/Glyphosate use maps in the U.S. Geological Survey: National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project, the estimated use for glyphosate on agricultural land was between 21.13 and 88.06 pounds per square mile in the northwestern part of Oklahoma, where Kingfisher County is located. There is a high chance that people of various professions have had regular exposure to the harmful chemical.
Kingfisher County’s top crops in acres are wheat for grain, forage, rye for grain, canola, and soybeans for beans. According to a 2017 Census of Agriculture Kingfisher County profile, the county has nearly 930 farms, with zero demonstrating a “farm organically” label. This means that none of these farms’ crops are certified as completely free of synthetic additives such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers, dyes, and herbicides like Roundup.
Recently, a couple filed claims that they developed cancer from exposure to Roundup, resulting in $2 billion in damages. Bayer-Monsanto is currently facing thousands of lawsuits just like this one that could yield large settlements. In court, Monsanto has been found to have been aware that the herbicide was linked to cancer, yet failed to warn their customers of the health risks, or even put warning labels on their packaging.
At The Driscoll Firm, P.C., our strength is in winning challenging cases of product liability and personal injury, just like these. Our goal is to bring cases against large corporations who believe that they can distribute harmful products and ignore the consequences until after they have made significant profits. Cases of this nature demand patience, but we know it is the right thing to do for our clients, so we persevere in the fight. Contact us today for your free consultation.
How Does Roundup Exposure Cause Cancer?
Roundup’s popularity is credited to the actions of its manufacturer. In addition to Roundup, Monsanto sold Roundup-resistant seeds for many profitable crops. Many farmers planted these Roundup-resistant crops, and then liberally applied the herbicide without damage. Glyphosate inhibits an enzyme involved in the synthesis of key amino acids in targeted weeds which kills them. The apparent result was increased yields due to lack of weeds, but at what cost?
Monsanto insisted Roundup was not harmful to humans or livestock. There have been no warning labels on their packaging about the illnesses prolonged exposure can cause. As a result, agricultural workers and hobbyists have applied the herbicide generously without wearing protective gear.
Initially, there was no risk associated with using Roundup as far as anyone outside Monsanto was aware. But in 2015, a branch of the U.N. World Health Organization known as the International Agency for Research (IAR) tested the assumption about Roundup and several other pesticides that were regarded as harmless to humans. As a result, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and other weedkillers, was designated as a probable human carcinogen by IAR.
The IAR found that in 2012, more than 280 million pounds of glyphosate were used in the United States agricultural sector. The majority of glyphosate was applied in the country’s Midwest, including Oklahoma.
Also, IAR’s study found that glyphosate also inhibited enzymes in the human gut, which impacted amino acid synthesis and affected the growth of cancer cells in humans. The action moved to civil litigation courts after research effectively challenged Monsanto’s deceptive assertion that glyphosate was not harmful to humans.
Eventually, documentation was found in Monsanto’s records that showed that the company was aware glyphosate could pose health risks but proceeded to develop plans and customer communications to support claims that Roundup was harmless. Plaintiffs’ lawyers even discovered that Monsanto required their workers to wear full protective gear, despite affirming that there was no threat from exposure to Roundup.
In addition to various cancers, studies have shown exposure to glyphosate to be associated with a wide variety of other conditions including diabetes, liver damage, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. You must seek a professional medical diagnosis and assessment to help determine the cause of your illness if you believe Roundup has damaged your health. The experienced and compassionate lawyers of The Driscoll Firm, P.C. can help you gather the evidence you need to build a solid case against this corporation’s negligence.
Compensation You Could Be Owed in a Roundup Lawsuit
If you were exposed to glyphosate herbicides and have been diagnosed with a related cancer, such as Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or leukemia, you could successfully sue Bayer-Monsanto for the following damages:
- Lost wages from work
- All medical expenses, current and future
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Travel expenses to and from medical treatments
Also, if Monsanto is found to have acted recklessly, displaying a blatant disregard for the well-being of their customers, then you may also be eligible to receive punitive damages. For a free consultation regarding your legal options, contact The Driscoll Firm, P.C. now at 800-900-7704.
How The Driscoll Firm, P.C. Can Help You
If you were exposed to Roundup and subsequently received a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another form of cancer, you are in a vulnerable state. We understand that you may be in pain and exhausted from treatment and medical bills.
You need an advocate you can trust to fight for you during this difficult time and get you the damages you need to recover. Monsanto needs to pay for its betrayal of its customers’ trust.
At The Driscoll Firm, P.C., we are committed to fighting corporations with deep pockets that believe they can behave negligently and get away with it because no one will put up a fight against them in a court of law. But we are experienced in succeeding against corporations like Bayer-Monsanto, and we are ready to fight for you.
Call us at 800-900-7704 to discuss your legal options and how we can help you get the compensation you need and deserve to heal.