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Can I File a Lawsuit If I Was Diagnosed with Cancer After Using Roundup?

Posted on in Defective Products

 

rolling meadows defective product lawyerWhile most companies conduct thorough testing before releasing their products to the public, certain defective products slip through the cracks. Roundup, for instance, is found to increase the risk of some cancers by 40 percent. If you have contracted cancer after using this popular weed killer, you may have the right to take legal action.

Why Is Roundup a Dangerous Product?

Roundup contains the ingredient glyphosate, which disrupts enzymic pathways in plants. The product may be effective at killing weeds, but it may harm humans in the process. 

There have been several studies that have shown a correlation between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This form of cancer targets the white blood cells called lymphocytes and is slightly more common in men than women. Studies show that cancer doubled between 1975 and 2006 and was more common among people who were exposed to glyphosate-containing herbicides or resided on farmland that is frequently treated with herbicides. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed glyphosate as a likely human carcinogen. 

Some scientists believe that glyphosate can bind with minerals in the soil, causing plants to become more toxic or decrease the plant’s absorption of nutrients from the soil. As a result, certain foods that have been treated with glyphosate could be toxic or not have the nutrients that reduce the risk of cancer.

Roundup has been linked to other health concerns, such as birth defects and fatty liver disease.

Has Anyone Filed a Roundup Lawsuit?

There have been thousands of Roundup lawsuits filed throughout the years. Just in March 2019, a jury awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages to a plaintiff who contracted non-Hodgkin lymphoma five years earlier. That same year, another jury awarded $2 million to a couple in Livermore, California, who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Despite these lawsuits, Bayer claims that Roundup is a safe product. 

Contact a Schaumburg, IL Roundup Injury Attorney

If you developed cancer after being exposed to Roundup, you should discuss your case with a Rolling Meadows defective product lawyer. You may be entitled to receive compensation. At Newland & Newland, LLP, we understand how devastating it is to receive a diagnosis like cancer. We can help you pursue compensation and protect your rights. We encourage you to call us at 847-797-8000 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.washington.edu/news/2019/02/13/uw-study-exposure-to-chemical-in-roundup-increases-risk-for-cancer/

https://www.verywellhealth.com/does-roundup-cause-cancer-5077049

https://topclassactions.com/canada/roundup/is-roundup-harmful-to-humans/

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