Our attorneys are currently investigating claims brought forward by those individuals who believe they have been harmed after exposure to RoundUp weedkiller. RoundUp was marketed heavily by the Monsanto corporation and has been used widely around the globe to kill weeds that could prevent crops from growing effectively. There are also many other individuals outside of farmers making use of RoundUp, including nursery workers, homeowners clearing up their yards and growing a garden, and even landscapers. It was considered one of the safest pesticides on the market, but research has recently linked it to medical issues like blood cancer.
Do I Have a Legal Claim with RoundUp: Research and Cases Associated with RoundUp
A broad range of different consumer products are designed to help make your life easier. However, when these products are not properly tested, produced or marketed, you or your family members may be facing significant risks that you don’t know about until it is too late. These kind of claims form the foundation of a variety of product liability lawsuits and Roundup weed killer has recently been associated in a number of different studies with significant side effects that could even threaten your life. You may even have been exposed to these risks by eating food that was grown on lands in which the weedkiller was used.
History of RoundUp
In the 1970s, the Monte Santo company first developed RoundUp weed killer as a pesticide. This is any mixture that is intended to prevent a species from interfering with the production of agricultural products. The active ingredient in this product is glyphosate, an herbicide that targets weeds, plants and grasses. The primary purpose of this pesticide is to control weeds in various crop areas, lawns and ornamental planting locations. It has been used in commercial and residential farms, yards and gardens to kill weeds, plants and other growth related problems.
Safety Concerns Associated with Roundup Weed Killer
Recent research has identified that the active ingredient, glyphosate, may be associated with a higher risk of cancer. There are also several other major health conditions associated with continued exposure to glyphosate such as kidney damage and liver problems. Severe cases of kidney and liver problems can disrupt the patient’s endocrine system and could lead to known non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. There has been limited research on or regulation of glyphosate in the United States.
A 2003 study, however, with 3400 farmworkers who had regularly been exposed to RoundUp weed killer, with the active ingredient glyphosate had much higher rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. There have also been potential links associated with between carcinogens and the chemicals, particularly when the weed killer has been misused or overused. Patients may also experience burning noses or itchy eyes as a result of exposure.
The Environmental Protection Agency and RoundUp
The Environmental Protection Agency currently has tests for pesticide residue in human tissues and blood. Unfortunately, however, glyphosate has never been included in those tests; meaning that there is little data associated with how exposure levels from people who use the products in their yards, farms or eating foods from treated fields may be effected.
The World Health Organization, however, identified that glyphosate may be carcinogenic in 2015. Glyphosate identified in farmers’ blood and urine led to higher risks of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and chromosome damage in cells.
Lawsuits Associated with RoundUp Weed Killer
Some law firms are investigating claims from individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer or other serious medical conditions after continued exposure to RoundUp. Although research is still being conducted, early studies indicate a strong connection to serious medical issues.
Those individuals who have had medical conditions they believed to be associated with exposure to RoundUp weed killer and its active ingredient glyphosate, may be eligible to pursue lawsuits.
Consulting with a legal team that is currently investigating claims about whether or not round up may be associated with significant medical problems is strongly recommended. An attorney can tell you more about your rights and responsibilities should you choose to move forward with a lawsuit. As the research is just emerging in this field it may be pertinent to speak to an attorney sooner rather than later in the event that you may be able to recover compensation in a lawsuit.