Sean Lopez | May 8, 2023 | Product Liability
Roundup Weed Killer Cancer Lawsuits
Roundup weed killer lawsuits continue to be filed in Florida and throughout the United States. People who developed cancer after being exposed to Roundup are demanding compensation for their damages. Families whose loved ones have died have filed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma roundup lawsuits and wrongful death claims.
Individuals who could be at risk of developing cancer because of exposure to Roundup include:
- Farmers and agricultural works
- Road maintenance crews
- Golf course employees and golfers
- Parks and recreation employees
- Forestry workers
- Commercial nursery workers
- Residential and commercial landscapers
If you developed serious health problems or cancer after using Roundup or living near places where Roundup was used, you might be entitled to substantial compensation for damages. A lawyer can review your situation and advise you of your legal options.
What Do You Need to Know About a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit in St. Petersburg, FL?
DeWayne Johnson filed the first Roundup cancer lawsuit. Mr. Johnson was a groundskeeper for a school district in San Francisco. His job required him to use Roundup on school lawns to prevent weeds.
When a hose on a machine broke, Mr. Johnson was covered in Roundup. After being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he sued Monsanto. A jury awarded him $289 million in damages in 2018.
Monsanto appealed the jury verdict. After several appeals, the jury award was reduced to $20.5 million. However, the case led to thousands of Roundup weed killer cancer lawsuits by other individuals. Monsanto and Bayer have resolved many lawsuits for billions of dollars in settlements.
What Is the Basis for Roundup Cancer Lawsuits?
The primary component of Roundup is glyphosate. Numerous studies over the decades have linked glyphosate with an increased risk of developing cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
The symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include, but are not limited to:
- Abdominal swelling and/or pain
- Swollen lymph nodes in the armpits, neck, or groin
- Persistent fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Coughing, chest pain, and/or trouble breathing
- Night sweats
In addition to being linked to a risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a new study has found that exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of developing thyroid cancer.
Roundup was initially manufactured by Monsanto. Bayer AG purchased Monsanto in 2018. Monsanto and Bayer AG allege that Roundup is safe to use and does not increase the risk of cancer.
The lawsuits allege numerous causes of action, including failure to warn individuals of the risk of cancer from exposure to glyphosate. Some Roundup lawsuits allege that the company is guilty of false advertising and ignoring or misinterpreting safety data.
What Damages Can I Receive in a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit?
If you were diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup weed killer, you could receive compensation for the damages caused by the manufacturer’s negligence and wrongful acts.
Economic and non-economic damages you could receive in a product liability claim include:
- Reimbursement for the cost of diagnosing and treating the cancer
- The cost of personal care, nursing care, and long-term care
- Out-of-pocket expenses, including assistance with household chores and travel expenses to and from medical appointments
- Lost wages, benefits, and future earning capacity
- Mental anguish and emotional suffering
- Physical pain and suffering
- A decrease in your quality of life and loss of enjoyment of life
Family members could receive compensation for wrongful death. Wrongful death damages can include loss of financial support, funeral expenses, and loss of consortium.
The types of damages you receive depend on the facts of your case. However, plaintiffs in Roundup lawsuits have received millions of dollars in damages from jury verdicts. Additionally, victims who have settled lawsuits with Roundup manufacturers have received millions in settlements.
Who Qualifies for a Roundup Lawsuit in Florida?
Individuals who used Roundup or were exposed to Roundup and developed certain types of cancer could have a claim for damages.
You might qualify for a Roundup cancer lawsuit if:
- You used Roundup weed killer at your job or on your home lawn
- Your exposure to Roundup lasted for an extended period
- You receive a diagnosis of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, or other types of cancer after exposure to Roundup weed killer
Family members and personal representatives of probate estates might have wrongful death claims if Roundup-related cancer caused a person’s death.
The best way to know if you could have a claim against Monsanto and Bayer AG is to speak with a St. Petersburg product liability lawyer. Attorneys provide free consultations to discuss your case.
However, the time to file a Roundup cancer lawsuit is limited. Therefore, it is wise to talk with a lawyer as soon as you suspect your cancer diagnosis is linked to Roundup exposure.
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