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Does Roundup Weed Killer Cause Cancer or Kidney Disease?

Does Roundup Weed Killer Cause Cancer or Kidney Disease?

In the 1970s, Monsanto Company developed the pesticide Roundup Weed Killer containing the active ingredient glyphosate. Since then loads of Roundup has been used in residential, municipal, industrial and agricultural settings.

Over the past few years, numerous product liability lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto, alleging that Roundup causes cancer (the most common allegation is non-Hodgkin lymphoma) and kidney disease. The U.S. legal and regulatory systems, slow to respond to consumer concerns, is finally starting to pay attention.

The Medical Controversy

Roundup’s status as a carcinogen is still controversial. The World Health Organization (“WHO”), has conducted research suggesting that glyphosate accumulates in the human body after repeated exposure causing cancer in humans. As a result, glyphosate is banned in several countries.

24 fl oz Bottle of Roundup brand weed killerA Losing Battle to Ban Glyphosate in the United States

Despite evidence of its carcinogenic properties, glyphosate is still legal in the United States. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) maintains a list of chemicals for which it tests concentration in human blood and tissues, glyphosate is not even on the list at present. As a consequence, the EPA has very little access to data concerning long-term exposure to glyphosate.

As recently as December 2017, the EPA concluded that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic in humans (reversing its 1995 determination that glyphosate should be labeled as a “probable human carcinogen”), Glyphosate remains under review!

Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company – the BIG WIN!

The verdict in the San Francisco Johnson v. Monsanto (a 2018 case) the jury returned a stunning verdict in the amount of $289 million  in favor of a school groundskeeper who claimed that long-term exposure to Roundup caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The award consisted of $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages!

Potential Compensation

Mississippi product liability law and personal injury law allows you to recover compensation for all of your losses, both economic and non-economic, that arise from exposure to glyphosate, including things like:

  • Medical bills
  • Anticipated future medical expenses.
  • Pain and Suffering (both physical and psychological).
  • Lost Wages during your illness
  • Loss of Financial Earning Capacity, if you cannot return to your former occupation because of your illness.
  • Any other economic losses you might have suffered that arose from your illness and your attempts to treat it.
  • Punitive damages, if the defendant’s conduct was sufficiently outrageous
  • Wrongful Death Damages as an alternative to personal injury damages, if a wrongful death lawsuit is filed by certain close relatives of the victim after the victim’s death.

Contact a Mississippi Products Liability Lawyer Today

If you believe that you may have been harmed by exposure to Roundup or glyphosate, or if your loved one died from causes that you suspect may have been related to such exposure, contact an experienced Mississippi Gulf Coast defective product lawyer as soon as possible. Call the Law Office of Becky Farrell, PLLC at 228-467-0177  for a free initial consultation where we can discuss your case. We work on contingency for this kind of claim, so, don’t worry about money. You won’t owe us anything unless we win your case.

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