Osage County Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Lawyer
After Bayer paid $63 billion to acquire Monsanto Co., it inherited the ongoing litigation relating to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. Most Roundup lawsuits involve the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an intergovernmental agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations (UN), classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen” in March 2015.
Roundup litigation has already resulted in three significant jury awards. In August 2018, a San Francisco jury awarded $289 million to a former school groundskeeper dying of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup on the job. In March 2019, a federal court civil jury in San Francisco awarded a California man $80 million for cancer caused by more than 25 years of Roundup use. In May 2019, a jury in Oakland awarded $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million for pain and suffering to a couple diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup.
The number of lawsuits filed against Bayer only continues to grow, as over 300 lawsuits have already been filed all over the country. While California has seen the first results of Roundup litigation, other cases will soon be progressing through other courts in the country.
Were you or your loved one diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another form of cancer that you believe was caused by your use of Roundup? You will want to contact The Driscoll Firm, P.C. as soon as possible.
Our firm is prepared to make every effort to help you recover as much compensation as possible for your injuries. You can have us provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call 800-900-7704 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
What Makes Roundup Dangerous?
After the IARC stated that its determination that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen was based on “clear evidence of cancer in experimental animals, limited evidence for cancer for humans from real-world exposures, of exposed farmers, and also strong evidence that it can damage the genes and other toxicological studies,” the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in April 2019 it would be taking an important step in its review of glyphosate. The agency still reaffirmed that there were no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and glyphosate was not a carcinogen.
Reuters reported that Bayer was intending to use an attempted preemption or “silver bullet” defense that state glyphosate claims were prohibited because they conflicted with federal law. Some experts pointed out that the Supreme Court of the United States held in Bates v. Dow Agrosciences LLC, 544 U.S. 431 (2005) that the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) did not preempt state law claims.
Who Is At Risk Of Developing Cancer Due To Roundup Use?
Virtually all people who have used Roundup are at risk of possible injuries related to glyphosate exposure. Roundup has been one of the most commonly employed herbicides for a number of years and generated roughly $4.8 billion in revenue for Monsanto in 2015.
Some of the people who might be at the most risk of Roundup-related cancer diagnoses include:
- Farm Workers
- Nursery Employees
- Garden Center Employees
- Those Who Tend Personal or Community Gardens
Keep in mind that many other people who reside near farms or other properties where Roundup is often used can also be at risk. Breathing aerosol or spray fumes is the most common way to be exposed to glyphosate, but it is also possible that glyphosate can be ingested while cleaning up weed-killing chemicals or through contaminated food or water.
What Are The Side Effects And Injuries Caused By Roundup?
Numerous studies have connected Roundup use to cancer. A study published in Leukemia & Lymphoma in 2002 found increased risks in univariate analysis for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and hairy cell leukemia in subjects exposed to herbicides, with significant associations found for glyphosate.
A study published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine section of BMJ Journals in 2003 found a 10 percent increased non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma incidence associated with living or working on a farm as an adult, and subjects who reported using any five or more “potentially carcinogenic” pesticides were twice as likely to be non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases than controls.
In 2008, the International Journal of Cancer found that glyphosate more than doubled a person’s risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and increased the risk of a subtype of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma known as B-cell lymphoma by 87 percent.
In 2014, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that there was twice the risk of development of B-cell lymphoma in people exposed to glyphosate at work.
In 2016, a study sponsored by Monsanto published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health reported a 30 percent increase in the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma although it cautioned that “a causal relationship has not been established between glyphosate exposure and risk of any type of” lymphohematopoietic cancer (LHC).
Some of the most common cancers connected to Roundup include:
- B-Cell Lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Additional conditions connected to glyphosate exposure include, but are not limited to:
- Respiratory illnesses
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Reproductive problems
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Anencephaly (birth defect)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Brain cancers
- Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
- Breast, lung, and prostate cancers
- Liver disease
- Celiac disease (and other gluten intolerances)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Heart disease
Roundup use is not always the cause of all of these conditions, but it can still be an important factor in many cases. Any person dealing with any of these ailments should see a doctor and explore their legal options.
Roundup and Osage County, Oklahoma
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Osage County had 1,325 farms in 2012, which was an 11 percent decrease from the 1,481 farms in 2007. The average size of farms in Osage County, however, increased 5 percent from 871 acres to 918 acres.
In 2017, NASS reported that Osage County was among the counties with the highest cattle inventory. Osage County had 150,000 cattle and calves in 2017 and 67,000 beef cows. Osage County also had some of the highest rates of corn production in the northeast area of Oklahoma, with corn production in 2016 hitting 207,000 and a yield per acre of 82.8.
The Oklahoma Roundup Attorneys of The Driscoll Firm, P.C. Can Help
When you or your loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another type of cancer that you believe was connected to your use of Roundup, you may know that you could have a possible injury claim but have little idea of how to file a claim. When you suspect Roundup was a factor in your cancer diagnosis, you will not want to delay in contacting the Driscoll Firm, P.C.
Our firm will conduct an independent investigation of the link between Roundup and your injuries or illnesses and work with professional experts in the medical and scientific communities. We can develop a solid claim through fact-based research and hard evidence and then negotiate a fair and full settlement with the manufacturing company and its insurers.
When a settlement cannot be achieved, then we can file a lawsuit to take your case to court. Our firm strongly believes that Roundup cancer victims should not have to shoulder the bills relating to injuries stemming from their use of the weed killer, and we will fight to make sure that you are able to obtain every last dollar you are entitled to.
How Do I File A Roundup Claim?
Lawsuits against Bayer are not always filed right away, and settlements can be a common resolution to many court cases. The Driscoll Firm, P.C. can evaluate your specific case and determine the best path forward for your particular case.
People could have multiple options to choose from in certain cases, and you will want an experienced lawyer to guide you through the route that will allow you to recover as much as possible. Our firm can handle all of the legal legwork on your behalf so you will not have to worry about filing anything or satisfying any court deadlines.
Should I File An Individual Lawsuit Or Join A Class Action?
Class action lawsuits allow large groups of similarly affected plaintiffs to file a single action against a negligent party. Roundup is the kind of legal case that is ideal for a class action, but class action lawsuit are tremendously different from the other kind of court process utilized in some Roundup cases, multidistrict litigation (MDL).
With a class action, all plaintiffs will be entitled to a share of a single award. In MDL, each plaintiff retains control of their own case but all cases are handled in a single court.
Your decision to pursue MDL or a class action will depend on what is most important to you. Some people who are interested in obtaining maximum awards will choose MDL while others simply seeking some resolution may choose a class action.
What Compensation Can I Recover In a Roundup Lawsuit?
While settlements are typically the most common resolution to most lawsuits, many Roundup cases are going to trial. When this occurs and a person is able to prove that Roundup caused their cancer or other illness, that individual could be awarded numerous kinds of compensatory damages.
Compensatory damages frequently include a combination of economic damages, which cover actual costs for a victim, and noneconomic damages, which are awards for more subjective types of harm. Economic damages could include past and future medical bills and lost wages while noneconomic damages may be for pain and suffering or loss of consortium.
The Oakland jury that awarded $2 billion in punitive damages also demonstrates the other kind of damages that could be available in these cases, although punitive damages are very rare.
Contact Our Osage County Roundup Attorneys Today
If you or your loved one were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another form of cancer caused by Roundup, make sure that you are quick to seek legal representation. It will be important for you to discuss your case with The Driscoll Firm, P.C..
Our firm’s founder has served as class counsel in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Call 800-900-7704 or contact us online to receive a free consultation