WISCONSIN ROUNDUP CANCER LAWYERS
The product liability lawyers at the The Driscoll Firm, P.C. fight for Wisconsin families who have suffered physically and financially after being exposed to Roundup. Originally developed, marketed, and sold by Monsanto, a company that was later purchased by Bayer, Roundup has been a widely used herbicide in the U.S. landscaping and agricultural industries since the 1970s. Consumers can also purchase it for residential use. Roundup exposure has been linked to the development of fatal conditions, namely Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is believed to be carcinogenic. A report released by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015 classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” and observed the “significant association between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and exposure to glyphosate.”
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a form of cancer that aggressively targets the body’s immune system. Staring with the white blood cells, or lymphocytes, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma harms the body’s ability to fight infection and move fluid through the body efficiently. According to the American Cancer Society, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can originate anywhere in the body where lymph tissue is found including the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, thymus, adenoids, tonsils, and digestive tract.
If you or someone you love have developed Non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a result of Roundup exposure, our attorneys are here to help. Our team understands how challenging seeking justice from powerful well-resourced corporations is, and we continually accept this challenge. When companies make products that endanger their consumers, they should be held accountable for their actions. We are ready to help you seek justice. To discuss your case with a member of our team, call [phone-nuimber] today.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Those who commonly use Roundup tend to work in the landscaping and farming industries. Exposure to the harmful chemicals in Roundup frequently occurs through inhalation as the herbicide is applied onto plants and crops. Though airborne contamination is a common form of exposure, people can be exposed to Roundup in a variety of other ways, including ingestion and dermal absorption.
Roundup is widely available across the United States, and the following people are at the highest risk of developing a serious illness as a result of prolonged exposure:
- Agricultural Workers
- Nursery Workers
- Herbicide Applicators
- Personal Gardeners
- Community Gardeners
Although individuals in these professions tend to be most at risk because of prolonged exposure to glyphosate, many others can be put in harm’s way. People in close proximity to individuals or businesses that habitually use Roundup could also suffer adverse effects.
Roundup is also used by large food manufacturers, putting consumers at risk of exposure. Monsanto modified seeds to be able to withstand copious Roundup applications. These “Roundup Ready” seeds are used to create products for large food manufacturers including Lays, Kellog, and Oreos.
Glyphosate was discovered in the 1970s by the chemist, John Franz. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide. This means that it’s incredibly effective at killing plants. Glyphosate prevents plant growth by inhibiting the shikimic acid pathway. This enzyme pathway is where essential plant nutrients are metabolized. In this way, glyphosate effectively starves plants, causing them to die.
Genetically modified crops were developed, in part, as a response to Roundup. Since Roundup does not discriminate between healthy crops and weeds, scientists developed glyphosate-resistant crops to withstand ongoing Roundup treatments. Glyphosate-resistant crops are not significantly harmed by exposure to Roundup, which means that farmers, landscapers, and other consumers can effectively kill weeds without killing their crops or gardens. In this way, Roundup helped farmers, agricultural companies, and other business cost-effectively protect their plants.
Although useful as a weed killer, glyphosate use comes at a high price for consumers’ health. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a report classifying glyphosate as a group 2-A carcinogen. Group 2-A means that there is significant evidence to indicate the chemical is probably carcinogenic. Scientific findings reveal that glyphosate causes an amino acid deficiency in plants. The creation of this deficiency can also potentially occur in the human body, effectively disrupting amino acids the balance of healthy gut bacteria.
Although Monsanto has continually claimed that Roundup is safe, internal documentation discovered during lawsuits reveal the extensive measures that the company has taken to keep the truth from the public.
ROUNDUP SIDE EFFECTS
Bayer, who recently acquired the biotech giant and initial developer of Roundup, Monsanto, would have consumers believe that glyphosate doesn’t pose a significant threat to consumers or the general public. The evidence tells a different story. In addition to developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, those exposed to Roundup are also at risk of developing:
- Reproductive complications
- Respiratory illness
- Birth defects (including anencephaly)
- Brain cancers
- Breast, lung, and prostate cancer
- Celiac disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
While people who suffer from these conditions may have developed them as a result of other factors, if you have been exposed to Roundup, reach out to a skilled attorney as soon as possible. The statistical link between these illnesses and habitual Roundup use is significant. If Roundup is to blame for your illness and related expenses, the team at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. is ready to fight for you and help you recover compensation.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE A LAWYER?
If you’ve developed an illness as a result of being exposed to Roundup, you should know that you have options. While filing a civil claim independently is always an option; your chances of recovering much-needed compensation quickly are much better when you have the support of a highly experienced product liability lawyer.
Victims who have developed NHL after being exposed to Roundup are often forced to deal with costly medical treatment, lost wages, lost earning potential, and other significant expenses. The impact of a severe illness, however, is not exclusive to financial stressors. Many people who suffer from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and additional Roundup related illnesses face non-financial stressors such as compromised quality of life, chronic pain, and suffering. Since non-financial loss is not as easily quantifiable as financial damages, an attorney can help you determine how much compensation you are owed.
If you plan on taking legal action, understanding the value of your claim is critical. You may be offered a settlement for your losses, but if the settlement does not satisfy your past and future expenses, you will ultimately be left to deal with the additional expenses of your injury alone. A lawyer will make sure that your settlement is commensurate with what you have lost.
An attorney can also help with your claim’s progression through the legal system. While each case is different, many injury claims are subjected to unnecessary delays. Though these delays may go unnoticed by someone without knowledge of injury law, an attorney will be able to spot these delays and pressure the at-fault party so that you have access to the resources that you need as soon as possible.
Most of all, an attorney can be an effective source of support for you and your family at a difficult time. For people who are sick, stressed, and undergoing expensive medical treatment, the prospect of managing their own legal affairs is understandably too much to bear. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can be fatal and have a far-reaching impact on your family. By entrusting your case to a skilled Wisconsin Roundup lawyer, you can feel confident that your case is being overseen by someone who cares about your health and your family.
CONTACT A WISCONSIN ROUNDUP ATTORNEY
If you think that you or someone you love have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia, or another type of cancer after being exposed to Roundup, the team at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. is ready to hear from you. We fully understand that taking legal action can seem daunting to many people, but we are committed to making the process as easy as possible for you.
If you believe you have a claim, contact a lawyer at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. by calling us at 800-900-7704 or chatting with one of our representatives online. We are ready to hear about the specific details of your case so that we can make a determination on your eligibility to file a claim.
One of our product liability lawyers will evaluate the facts of your claim to determine your legal options. Based on your illness, your exposure to Roundup, and the losses that you have suffered, our team will recommend the best course of action for your case.
Between, individual claims, multidistrict litigation, and class actions, product liability can take many different legal paths, and we are here to guide you down the path that is best for you. When a corporation is responsible for your illness, injury, and losses, the attorneys at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. are ready to fight for you. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help.