Numerous farmworkers, landscapers, groundskeepers, and gardeners who used the herbicide “Roundup” over an extended period of time may be at an increased risk of developing certain cancers. The prospect of filing a lawsuit against a major agrochemical company is intimidating for those in menial occupations. Despite this apprehension, there are currently thousands of lawsuits alleging that Bayer AG’s Roundup weedkiller is linked to a certain type of cancer. Numerous state courts have ordered the chemical manufacturer to pay damages to people with cancer linked to the herbicide, although many of these decisions are still subject to appeal. The outcome of pending litigation could result in compensation for those affected by this product in the future.
Understanding the carcinogenic claims
Patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma may need to evaluate their long-term exposure to Roundup in its various formulations and applications. The diagnosis of cancer, regardless of its form or cause, is a life-altering event. This current litigation raises a number of ethical questions regarding the widespread use of chemicals and the way in which some corporations place profits over human health. Here is what you need to know about these new claims:
- Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, is the chemical whose carcinogenic effects are under the most scrutiny.
- More than 42,000 plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against Bayer AG, alleging that Roundup causes cancer.
- Given the length of time a disease such as non-lymphoma Hodgkin’s can manifest, there is a risk that numerous claims will be filed long after the litigation has been resolved.
- Typically, in order to settle a product liability case, companies establish a fund that will be used to compensate parties who meet certain criteria.
- If a company successfully appeals a decision in a product liability case, this may not be an option.
- Non-lymphoma Hodgkin’s lacks a disease profile that can be easily linked to Roundup and its carcinogenic pathways, which poses a problem.
Working for the benefit of cancer patients
Even if Bayer prevails in a federal appeal during this litigation, states such as New York could continue to litigate without intervention from the Supreme Court. Those who may be affected by this chemical must hold the product manufacturers accountable for their potentially hazardous substances. If you have reason to believe that your or a loved one’s cancer was caused by Roundup/glyphosate exposure, you should consult with an attorney who handles product liability and personal injury cases to discuss your options.
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