Several large jury awards in 2018 and 2019 have paid out billions in damages to just a few people who claimed Roundup gave them cancer. The allegations in all three suits were that after being exposed to glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup—they got non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) which is a form of cancer.
Kentucky Nursery Workers Injured by Roundup
In all three cases, the plaintiffs used round up extensively. Two were professionals who used Monsanto’s Rangerpro, which is an industrial version of the product, and the other case was a husband and wife you used Roundup for years in their garden.
So what about Kentucky nursery workers? In Kentucky there are around 500 nurseries, and if each employed 10 workers, that’s around 5,000 people at any given time that are exposed. Then add those who have retired or gone on to work somewhere else, and that number is easily in the hundreds of thousands. Many of these are at risk of getting cancer or have cancer already that was caused by Roundup.
Types of Workers at Risk of Getting Cancer
One of the things that these first lawsuits against Monsanto show is that it takes some long-term exposure to glyphosate to be at risk for cancer. So this means two things, the worker must be doing something that will expose them to cancer, and that exposure must be substantial which usually means over a long period of time.
Some of the nursery worker jobs that fit this are:
- Pruning/Plant Care
- Soil Preparation
In any one of these duties, a herbicide with glyphosate must be used, and there must be substantial exposure which usually means doing the job for a long time. The exposure doesn’t have to come from the same job type, but there needs to be a showing that there was exposure in the various types of nursery jobs performed.
What are my Chances of Getting Cancer if Exposed to Roundup?
That’s a question that medical experts debated over in the trial. The experts for the plaintiffs argued that studies showed that consistent long-term exposure substantially increased the risk of getting NHL. This doesn’t mean cancer is inevitable, but that a person’s risk is increased.
What if I Already have Cancer?
If you worked in a nursery and were exposed to Roundup, or some other herbicide with glyphosate, and you have cancer, there is a chance that it was caused by the glyphosate. In truth, there is no way to be certain that your cancer came from Roundup, but if you fit the category of one who was at risk, then you might have a claim for compensation.
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 (June 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, 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.