Despite the technologically advanced age in which we live, where we have computers in the palms of our hands and constant medical breakthroughs, the number of people struck by cancer continues to increase. Sadly, the more we learn, the more it turns out that these technological advances and the toxins used to produce them are leading to a greater risk of cancer.
One such toxin that has been making a great deal of news recently is the Roundup brand of weed-killer from Monsanto. Beginning in August 2016, dozens of lawsuits have been brought against the company seeking damages for cancer that the victims claim was induced by their use of Roundup.
While Monsanto naturally denies it, more and more research is indicating there may indeed be a link between glyphosate, the primary chemical found in Roundup, and increased rates of cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a division of the World Health Organization, released a study in April 2015 that found glyphosate may in fact be carcinogenic. Significant concentrations of the chemical have been found in the blood and urine of farmers. Exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of chromosome damage in cells. Roundup has been linked to many forms of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, colon cancer, skin cancer, thyroid cancer, kidney cancer, and liver cancer.
Companies such as Monsanto spend millions of dollars to prevent regulation and fight off lawsuits involving their products. Even in cases where strong scientific evidence is available, victims and families are often left empty-handed, suffering serious injury, disease, or death alongside exorbitant medical bills and other expenses.
Kentucky has strict product liability laws meant to hold companies accountable for any damages caused by their negligence. Companies, by law, must adequately test their products to make sure they are safe to use, follow all relevant local and federal regulations, and clearly inform the public about how to properly use their products in a manner that will allow people to avoid harm. Failure to do so can be considered criminal negligence.
California took a big step in “officially” recognizing glyphosate as a cancer agent. Hopefully, other states will follow.
If You Suspect Roundup
If you suspect that you or a loved one contracted cancer due to the use of Roundup or another Monsanto product, then you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, missed time from work, and pain and suffering. Contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC. Our Louisville personal injury lawyers can help you with your potential Roundup product liability. We will work tirelessly to get you the justice you deserve. Call (502) 458-5555 today to schedule a free consultation.