WASHINTON ROUNDUP CANCER LAWSUIT LAWYERS
In 2018, a California jury ordered biotech company, Monsanto, to pay $289 in damages to consumers harmed by the herbicide, Roundup. The San Francisco Superior Court jury found that Monsanto had failed to warn consumers appropriately of the risks of using the herbicide, Roundup. While compensatory damages accounted for $39 million of the settlement, the remaining $250 million was for punitive damages against Monsanto.
Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, has been linked to the development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other illnesses. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma disrupts the growth and function of healthy white blood cells called lymphocytes. This type of lymphoma can start anywhere in the body that has lymph tissue. The body has lymph tissue in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, thymus, digestive tract, adenoids, and tonsils.
The treatment and progression of non-Hodgkin lymphoma both largely depend on where it is found in the body. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or another illness after prolonged use of Roundup, you have options. Reach out to one of the Washington Roundup attorneys at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. today.
The The Driscoll Firm, P.C. lawyers are champions for all victims who have been harmed by the negligence of another person or company. When you’ve suffered physical and financial effects, we are here to help you recover the compensation that you deserve. With billions of dollars won, our team has what it takes to hold powerful companies accountable when they fail their consumers. When you’re sick, stressed, and overwhelmed, reaching out to a lawyer may feel difficult, but we are ready to give your case the attention it deserves. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call 888-511-0123.
WHO IS AT RISK?
While many consumers can readily access Roundup, people that use the herbicide habitually tend to be at the highest risk for developing serious illnesses. These at-risk populations tend to work in the agriculture and landscaping industries, both of whom rely heavily on weed killers to protect crops and keep invasive plant species at bay.
Harmful exposure to Roundup commonly occurs through inhalation as Roundup is applied to crops or plants. While airborne contamination is most common, people can also be exposed through direct dermal contact and ingestion.
The following people may be at a higher risk for developing serious illnesses and even non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a result of exposure to Roundup:
- Farmers and farmhands
- Agricultural employees
- Nursery Workers
- Herbicide Applicators
- Community Gardeners
- Personal Gardeners
Although many countries have placed bans on glyphosate-containing herbicides, the United States has not. Roundup is used heavily in the U.S. food manufacturing industry. Though crops are washed, they can still be released for public consumption with residual amounts of Roundup. Ingestion of these foods can then cause illnesses and other health problems.
The United States as a whole hasn’t banned glyphosate, but some states, including Washington, have taken strides to restrict the use of glyphosate. In King County, Kitsap County, Thurston County have all passed municipal ordinances to address the use of toxic chemicals like glyphosate. As long as glyphosate herbicides like Roundup are available, our lawyers will fight to hold companies that produce them accountable. To stay up-to-date about the latest news about Roundup exposure, visit our news section frequently.
HOW IS GLYSOPHATE DANGEROUS?
Chemist, John Franz and a team of scientists discovered glyphosate in the 1970s. Four years after discovering glyphosate, Roundup hit the market. Chemically As a non-selective herbicide, glyphosate effectively kills most plants, no matter if they are weeds or healthy crops. By blocking the shikimic acid pathway, glyphosate prevents plants from digesting nutrients, effectively causing them to starve.
The amino acid deficiency that glyphosate causes in plants may also be recreated in the human digestive tract, which can lead to an imbalance in healthy gut bacteria. Not only is essential lymph tissue found in the gut, but issues within the gastrointestinal tract can further lead to inflammation and a compromised immune system.
Roundup is partially responsible for the necessity and introduction of genetically modified crops. To kill weeds without killing healthy crops, scientists developed “Roundup Ready” plants. These crops successfully withstand heavy applications of Roundup without dying. Roundup-ready plants allow agricultural and landscaping businesses to keep their crops safe from weeds in a cost-effective manner.
While useful as an herbicide, copious applications of Roundup ultimately comes at a high price for the health of agricultural workers and consumers alike. According to a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), glyphosate currently belongs to the 2A carcinogen classification. Group 2A indicates a “probable carcinogen,” meaning that enough evidence has been collected to create a significant link between glyphosate and the development of cancer.
Monsanto has continually claimed that Roundup does not pose a risk to consumers. However, during trial proceedings, internal documentations reveal a preoccupation to conceal specific facts about the effect of Roundup on consumers’ health.
ROUNDUP SIDE EFFECTS
In 2018, German multinational company, Bayer, bought out Monsanto, acquiring all ongoing legal battles. Though Bayer would have consumers believe that Roundup doesn’t pose a significant threat to public health, the number of people who have developed illnesses suggests otherwise. In addition to cases of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Roundup exposure has also been linked to the following:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Brain cancers
- Breast, lung, and prostate cancer
- Celiac disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Reproductive complications
- Respiratory illness
- Birth defects
The origin of any disease can have various factors. If you have used or been exposed to Roundup throughout your life and later developed one of these illnesses or conditions, reach out to one of our lawyers. Your disease may have been caused by a large corporation’s desire to profit no matter the toll it takes on their consumers.
The Washington attorneys at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. believe that companies who mislead, deceive, and injure their customers should be held accountable. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness related to Roundup usage, we are ready to hear your story. Not only do you deserve compensation for the costs your illnesses accrue, but companies like Monsanto and Bayer should also be shown that they must prioritize consumer lives over profits.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE A LAWYER?
The likelihood of recovering fair compensation is far greater when you have a skilled attorney managing your case. While you have many options when considering your legal options, the guidance of a product liability ensures that you can make smart, informed decisions that will position you for the best possible outcome. If you’ve developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma or any other kind of illness, you understand the high price of treatment and ongoing medical care. Don’t gamble on your case; make sure a law firm with proven results like The Driscoll Firm, P.C. represents your case.
While the sticker shock of medical treatment forces families to face financial hardships, lost wages diminished earning potential, and other expenses quickly compound these financial stressors. Financial factors only make up a portion of the stressors that families impacted by non-Hodgkin lymphoma face.
Diminished quality of life and chronic pain and suffering also come at a price for victims of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other illnesses caused by Roundup exposure. Calculating your monetary losses may seem straightforward, but the same can’t be said for these non-financial factors such as diminished quality of life. A skilled injury attorney will help you calculate both financial and non-financial losses to determine how much money you are owed.
When you plan on holding Bayer accountable, you need to have a sense of your claim’s value. The defendant may quickly offer you a settlement to resolve your claim quickly. However, if the settlement doesn’t account for all of your losses, it ultimately doesn’t benefit you. A knowledgeable lawyer makes sure that the settlement you receive covers the full amount of your current and future losses.
Expect a more expedient resolution when you have a lawyer. If you attempt to manage your claim alone, you may not be privy to the unnecessary delays that lawyers and insurers will attempt to impose. Our lawyers put pressure on the involved parties so that you recover the resources that you deserve as soon as possible.
CONTACT A WASHINGTON ROUNDUP ATTORNEY TODAY
If you or a loved one have developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma, or another severe illness because of Roundup exposure, the Washington attorneys at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. are here to help. We take each case seriously and out our experience and commitment to excellence to work for your benefit.
We understand that when you take legal action, the stakes are high. By remaining communicative with you about your claim every step of the way, we strive to make you as comfortable as possible throughout the legal process. Our lawyers will listen to your situation, evaluate the facts, and discuss your legal options. To speak with a Roundup cancer lawyer today, call 888-511-0123.