Monsanto has been hit with several major jury awards in 2018 and 2019 totaling over $2 billion in damages to four plaintiffs. In all three cases, the jury found that Monsanto’s Roundup caused cancer due to their exposure to the active ingredient glyphosate.
The trial featured battling experts who testified on whether glyphosate can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), and if so, whether it caused in these cases. So far, this question has been presented to three juries, and all three have said that it does and it did.
Does Glyphosate Cause Cancer?
The central question at the three trials was whether glyphosate causes cancer. The experts presented at the trials all said that they believed glyphosate “substantially increases the risk of getting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”
This isn’t the same as “caused” it, but it was enough for the jurors. When it comes to causing diseases, science rarely says something is certain, but it is expressed in terms of risk, and some studies relied on by plaintiff’s experts say that long-term exposure to high concentration of glyphosate increases the risk of NHL by as much as 41 percent. Monsanto says that over 800 studies, the EPA and government studies from all over the world have concluded that glyphosate is safe.
Who Can Sue Monsanto?
The second central question at the trials was whether the plaintiffs themselves got cancer. It’s not enough for the juries to believe that glyphosate can cause cancer, but the must also believe that the plaintiffs got cancer form using the product.
In all three cases, the plaintiffs were people that used Roundup or Rangerpro, Roundups industrial version, frequently and over a long period of time. Also, all four contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which is a form of cancer that forms in a person’s lymphatic system.
If you fit the following criteria, then it’s possible that you can make a claim against Monsanto.
- Exposure to glyphosate: You must have had some exposure to Roundup or Rangerpro or some other herbicide that contains glyphosate.
- Exposure must be significant: Studies have shown low-levels and short-term exposure creates no increased risk, but long-term and high concentration exposure can create a significant increase.
What if I got NHL After Using Roundup?
If you have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and have been exposed to Roundup for a long period of time, then you might be eligible to sue Monsanto for your injuries. As we have learned from the three cases that have concluded already, the exposure can be as much as 30 years or as little as five years.
So, if this you, then you need to speak to an attorney who can help you get compensation for your injuries. In Kentucky, you have a firm that has years of experience helping the injured recover from injuries and illnesses caused by another person’s negligence.
At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we offer a free consultation and case evaluation that will give you a fair and unbiased evaluation of your case, and there are no upfront fees.
When you call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, at 800 937-8443, you will immediately speak to a member of the legal team about cancer and Roundup lawsuits. Contact us today for a free consultation.