Monsanto, the company behind Roundup®, is facing a growing number of lawsuits for not disclosing the risk information of the glyphosate-based herbicide weed killer to its customers.
Although wildly popular for effectively killing weeds while allowing genetically modified crops to flourish, many consumers believe exposure to the product may have caused (NHL). Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a form of cancer that grows in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are a part of the body’s immune system and help prevent infections. In some cases, low-grade NHL progresses slowly and produces no symptoms for years. In other cases, high-grade lymphoma spreads aggressively and rapidly causes death.
Roundup is used in almost all corn, cotton and soy farming (as well as many other agricultural concerns) in the United States, covering more than 168 million acres, and on individual consumers’ personal lawns and gardens.
Multiple studies have indicated glyphosate found in Roundup may be carcinogenic. Individuals who may be at the highest risk of developing NHL from glyphosate exposure are those who use it most frequently, typically as a part of their job. The frequent and long-term high-level exposure experienced by agricultural workers, groundskeepers, landscapers, gardeners, farmers and pesticide/ herbicide applicators may put them in the highest risk category.
If you were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after prolonged Roundup exposure, it is possible that the product caused or significantly contributed to the development of your cancer. Research published in the International Journal of Cancer in 2008 found that individuals exposed to Roundup for 10 or more days in a year may have twice the risk of developing NHL than other individuals. Even more recently, in February 2019, former EPA advisors published research claiming heavy exposure to Roundup may increase a person’s risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by 41 percent.
The statute of limitations for filing a product liability claim varies on a state-by-state basis. Contacting a lawyer about your case can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a Roundup lawsuit. That said, every day that passes is one day closer to the statutory deadline. The best practice is not to delay. If you have been diagnosed with NHL after being exposed to Roundup and have questions about your legal rights, you may contact us here or by email email@example.com.