Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro weed killers have been linked to cancer after a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed their key ingredient, glyphosate, a “probable” carcinogen. Specifically, there appears to be a link between glyphosate exposure and developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
People who have been exposed to glyphosate and have been diagnosed with cancer are filing cases across the country. Cases against Monsanto are going to trial right here in the city of St. Louis. If you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and have had exposure to Roundup or other glyphosate-based products, we can help. Our Roundup injury lawyers will provide a free case evaluation to determine your next best steps.
What is Roundup
Roundup is a glyphosate-based herbicide originally produced by Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer in 2018. It and other glyphosate weed killers are widely used by farmers, landscapers, gardeners, and others. The generic version of Roundup is called Ranger Pro, which is also manufactured by Monsanto.
Is Roundup Safe to Use?
There are conflicting views regarding Roundup’s safety. It’s the most widely used herbicide in the United States, but recent studies have linked exposure to roundup to certain types of cancer.
What types of cancer has glyphosate been linked to?
Scientists continue to draw a link between exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The IARC has listed glyphosate as a probable cause of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The agency’s evidence found a link between glyphosate exposure and an increase in reported cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma targets your lymphatic system, a critical part of your immune system. It starts when you body starts making too many abnormal lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell.
Signs and symptoms can include the following:
- Swelling of the lymph nodes in your neck, groin, or armpit
- Chest pain
- Night sweats
- Constant fatigue
- Abdominal pain or swelling
Who is at risk for glyphosate exposure?
Those who work around plants or vegetation have a heightened risk for exposure.
- Park & Recreation Workers
- Forestry Workers
- Nursery Employees
- Athletic Field Maintenance Workers
- Commercial Spray Applicators
- Home Users
What other Monsanto Products Contain Glyphosate?
The most widely used and best known glyphosate weed killer is Roundup. However, Monsanto sells a variety of pesticides that use the same key ingredient. They are sold under a variety of product names, including Roundup and Ranger Pro.
Roundup Lawsuit Finds Monsanto at Fault
Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company
One of the first glyphosate lawsuits to go to trial was filed in California and settled in August 2018. Dewayne “Lee” Johnson worked as a school groundskeeper who routinely used glyphosate-based products on athletic fields. In his lawsuit, he argued that his exposure to glyphosate through Ranger Pro herbicide caused him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. Further, he argued that Monsanto was liable for not adequately outlining and warning of the risks of glyphosate. At the trial, his doctors testified that he is not expected to live past 2020.
A twelve-member jury returned a unanimous verdict in Johnson’s favor. They found that Monsanto failed to adequately warn the public about the risks associated with Roundup and Ranger Pro. They awarded the plaintiff $289 million in total. Roughly $39 million were for compensatory damages, and $250 million were for punitive damages. These included $37 million for non-economic damages, or $1 million for every year his life was cut short by the cancer.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Represent You In Roundup Lawsuits
Our law firm is currently taking cases on behalf of landscapers, factory workers, tree trimmers, agricultural workers and anyone else who has been exposed to these dangerous pesticides through their work or at home.
If you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, call us for a free consultation. We’ll see how we can help you get any damages to which you are entitled.