Roundup Cancer Lawsuits
Chicago Roundup Lawyers Taking on Monsanto
Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer product has been linked to a rare and deadly form of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As more and more Roundup lawsuits close as time goes on, the evidence against the weed killer and its manufacturer only continues to strengthen.
If you used Roundup, have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and live in Chicago or Cook County, come to McNabola & Associates, LLC for help with your Roundup injury claim or lawsuit. Our attorneys are actively representing people in Roundup lawsuits filed for reasons much like your own. Attorney Ted McNabola has been named a “Top 100 Consumer Lawyer in Illinois” with a success rate of 97% and no trial losses in the last 12 years. In other words, there is no other legal team in the state you should trust more with your Roundup cancer lawsuit than us.
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Dangerous Glyphosate in Roundup Weed Killer
Roundup is considered one of the most effective weed killers on the market because it uses glyphosate as an active ingredient. However, glyphosate is a probable carcinogen as designated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO). Years of research have led IARC to believe that continued or heavy exposure to glyphosate would likely cause dangerous cancerous growths, namely in lymphocytes, which causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Another study – Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Occupational Exposure to Agricultural Pesticide Chemical Groups and Active Ingredients: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis – relied on decades of research material to determine that herbicides and pesticides in the agricultural industry were more than likely causing farmworkers to develop different forms of cancer. In 2014, the researchers published their findings, which included a clear conclusion that glyphosate exposure could increase the risk of someone developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by upwards of 100%.
Monsanto Seemingly Ignores Safety Research in Marketing
The presence of glyphosate in Roundup weed killer would be less of an issue if Monsanto had taken the appropriate steps to warn its users of its cancer risk. Throughout the decades of the product’s sale, though, marketing materials and packaging have consistently advertised Roundup as safe for consistent, day-to-day use. The advertising methods seemingly run contrary to information that Monsanto likely possessed for years and years.
The 2014 scientific publication and the IARC designation of glyphosate as a possible carcinogen are in no way the beginning of research into the chemical and its links to cancer. There have been prominent and convincing studies for many years. One comprehensive study from Canada dates back to 2001, and other papers shed light on the link as early as the 1980s.
Despite the mounting scientific evidence that Roundup was causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Monsanto never made an effort to educate consumers about the probable link. If anything, marketing materials were deliberately crafted to further the idea that Roundup is “safe.” If true, Monsanto could be guilty of not just professional negligence but also intentional false advertising methods that put consumers at risk.
What Damages Does Monsanto Owe Consumers?
The damages in every Roundup lawsuit filed against Monsanto differs from case to case. Claims that have closed in favor of the plaintiffs have all had a focus on punitive damages, though. Punitive damages are used by a court to penalize the defendant of intentional wrongdoing or an egregious act of negligence.
In one Roundup case that reached a jury verdict in August 2018, a jury ordered Monsanto to pay:
- $39.2 million in compensatory damages
- $250 million in punitive damages
The plaintiff was a groundskeeper who used Roundup for his occupation. On two separate occasions, he had accidentally spilled Roundup directly on his skin. At first, he was not worried because the product made no mention of being dangerous on direct skin contact. After his skin began to develop painful lesions, though, he called Monsanto to ask if the product had caused it but received no answer.
While the groundskeeper’s case might be an extreme example of the damages that could be rewarded to a plaintiff, it serves as a solid example that Monsanto and Roundup can be held financially liable for the harm caused by the probable carcinogen in their product. The jury determined not only was there a clear link between Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma but also that Monsanto had failed to warn consumers of the product’s dangers, which the company knew or reasonably should have known about for years.
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What are the Early Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma commonly manifest as:
- Swollen lymph nodes, often not causing pain
- Chest pain and breathing difficulties
- Unexplained fevers or night sweats
- Unusual or rapid weight loss
Have you been experiencing any of these symptoms after using Roundup weed killer? Please arrange to see a medical professional as soon as possible if you have not already had a recent checkup. You may be experiencing the first symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
A doctor’s diagnosis of your cancer could be instrumental in finding treatments that limit the cancer’s growth in your body. It can also be the starting point for your lawsuit against Monsanto and Roundup. Our Chicago Roundup lawsuit attorneys are standing by to hear from you and see how we can help, just as we have done already for other claimants and plaintiffs going through similar hardships.
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