In 2018 and 2019, several people successfully sued Monsanto for getting cancer from Roundup, the company’s popular herbicide. Over $2 billion was awarded to a total of four plaintiffs and three separate lawsuits. In all three cases, the theory for the plaintiffs was simple: that each worked with a Monsanto herbicide that contained glyphosate—the active ingredient in roundup—over a significant period of time and contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) which is a form of cancer.
What is significant to landscapers in Louisville and elsewhere in Kentucky is that these plaintiffs used Roundup often and for a long period time and thus became at risk for getting NHL. Landscapers routinely work with products like Roundup—or their industrial version, Rangerpro—and it’s this exposure that makes them vulnerable to getting cancer.
One of the key factors to getting cancer from Roundup is exposure. Not all who work for a landscaper are exposed, and of those who are, not all are exposed substantially enough. The three successful cases show us that the exposure was both significant and long-term. In two cases, the exposure was for over 20 years, and in the third, it was only five years, but the usage of the product was the primary function of that job description, so he was exposed all day long.
Duties of a Landscaper and Risk of Getting Cancer
There are many different job duties of a landscaper. Some might work in the planning stage and not get much exposure to the actual job site while others spend all day working with plants, weeds and soil. Planting
- Pruning/Plant Care
- Soil Preparation
- Weed removal/Herbicide
It must be pointed out that in any one of these, the specific duties must bring the person in direct exposure to the product. Some duteis like transporting and handling, for example, would only apply if it can be shown that in doing so, direct exposure to glyphosate occurred.
If I’m a Landscaper, Can I get Cancer?
Much of the trial was debating that very question. Is it even possible to get NHL from glyphosate? If so, how much exposure does it take? The experts for the plaintiffs argued that studies showed that consistent long-term exposure substantially increased the risk of getting NHL.
How do I Sue Monsanto?
If you worked as a landscaper or other profession that uses glyphosate and feel that your cancer was caused by a Monsanto product, then talk to an attorney who has experience in these types of lawsuits to determine your next step. Currently (June of 2019) over 4,000 cases against Monsanto have been filed, and for legal experts believe that these three trials show that Monsanto is vulnerable to numerous lawsuits that could go the same way. For all those injured, this could mean that future trials would be unnecessary and Monsanto would just settle each one out of court.
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. ontact us today for a free consultation.