In 2018 and 2019, Monsanto has been ordered to pay over $2 billion in damages to four people exposed to their herbicide Roundup and got cancer. The court found that the active ingredient glyphosate was a caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) a form or cancer.
In two out of the three cases, the plaintiffs were professional who used Rangerpro, Monsanto’s industrial version of Roundup, extensively as part of their job. In one case, the worker used the product for over 20 years, and in another, he sprayed almost daily, several hours a day for over five years.
So this begs the question, what about weekend gardeners? Can you get NHL from Roundup if you just use it at home in your garden? This was answered by the third case, a man and wife who used Roundup for decades in their garden and were both diagnosed with NHL.
In that case, they provided evidence that they used Roundup as a herbicide frequently in their home garden and were exposed to glyphosate. As in the other two cases, they also presented medical experts that testified that the use of glyphosate was a “primary factor” in causing NHL, and that the amount of exposure the couple both incurred was enough to link their NHL diagnosis to the use of Roundup.
This is significant because it shows that there are many usage scenarios that can link Roundup to cancer. From hard-core industrial sprayers to home gardeners, anyone who has sufficient exposure to Monsanto’s herbicides with glyphosate can make a case that their NHL was caused by Roundup.
How Much Roundup Exposure is too Much?
At the three trails—all in California—this was one of the questions at the heart of the case. Once it was determined that glyphosate might cause cancer, then the question becomes how much will it take. There have been over 800 studies that showed that there was no connection between exposure to glyphosate and cancer.
However, the case by all three plaintiffs didn’t assert that it was the cause, but rather it was a factor. So the proof needed was that there is an increased risk for NHL by a certain level of exposure. In one study, it showed that high exposure increased the risk of NHL by 41 percent and that the same study showed no increase in low levels of exposure.
One thing to point out is that the trials didn’t really answer the question from a position of scientific certainty, but only from what a lawyer could make 12 people believe was too much. This is key to determining if the weekend gardeners who get NHL can sue successfully sue Monsanto.
What if I Already have Cancer?
If you are an avid gardener and have used Roundup for years, and you have contracted NHL, then it’s possible that you could make the case that it was cause by Roundup and not some other reason. In truth, there is no way to be certain that your cancer came from Roundup, but all you have to do is to make 12 people believe that it did.
How do I Sue Monsanto?
If you feel that your cancer was caused by a Monsanto product, then talk to an attorney who has experience in glyphosate lawsuits to determine your next step. Currently (July of 2019) there are over 4,000 cases against Monsanto for people getting cancer after exposure to Roundup. Legal experts believe that these three trials show that Monsanto is vulnerable to numerous lawsuits that could go the same way, and that soon a class-action lawsuit will be filed and the company will then settle to avoid thousands of costly trials.
Contact a Monsanto Roundup Cancer Attorney Today
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, they 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.