The popular weed killer Roundup is still being sold because U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research indicates that “there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.” The EPA also believes that glyphosate use is necessary to successfully maintain needed food supplies provided by crops in the coming decades.
As a weed killer, Roundup does the job it was intended for. In spite of its effectiveness as a weed killer, if you believe you or a member of your family was injured or became ill due to the glyphosate in Roundup, you could have the basis for a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
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The Debate Over Roundup and Glyphosate
Like many people today, you may have heard of the potential cancer-causing properties of Roundup’s primary ingredient, glyphosate. Despite concerns about its chemical components, Roundup is an effective weed killer and herbicide and remains in high demand for farming and agricultural use.
While the EPA rates Roundup as safe, other scientific testing disputes these findings. University of Washington research cites a 41% increase in the risk of developing a form of cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in those who experience prolonged exposure to glyphosate. According to World Health Organization (WHO) research, glyphosate may also cause DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells.
Your health care team can tell you more about the potential health risks associated with exposure to Roundup. Your lawyer can tell you more about potential financial compensation options if exposure to Roundup damaged your health or led to a cancer diagnosis.
Treating and Living with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
A diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can mean different life and lifestyle changes for each patient. Patients who do not suffer from any symptoms or whose symptoms progress very slowly might not require treatment but will be closely monitored by their health care team.
According to the Mayo Clinic, patients who suffer from the symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and whose cancer is a more aggressive form, might require treatments such as:
- Bone marrow transplants
- Drug therapy
You might also be forced to stop working temporarily or permanently while you undergo treatments and cope with your changed health. The costs of your medical care and lost earning opportunities should be the responsibility of Roundup’s manufacturer if you can establish a link between your exposure to their product and your non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis.
Assigning Financial Liability to Roundup’s Manufacturer
You may be entitled to financial compensation whenever you are injured due to another person or entity’s negligence. To prove negligence, you or your lawyer must demonstrate that Roundup’s manufacturer owed you a duty of care, did not live up to their responsibility, and caused your current health challenges.
Your lawyer may also help you prove the financial impact of your cancer diagnosis. When you are ready to seek financial compensation from Roundup’s manufacturer, your personal injury team will aim to:
- Prove glyphosate caused your cancer
- Assign a monetary value to your claim
- Negotiate a financial settlement
- Ensure your case continues to progress
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Comply with Your State’s Statute of Limitations
Your state defines the amount of time you have between the time you are injured and the deadline for filing your personal injury lawsuit. Determining the exact deadline can be difficult since exposure to Roundup can take place over an extended period of time.
Your lawyer can help define and comply with the relevant filing deadline. Failing to meet your state’s deadline could mean you unintentionally relinquish your right to financial compensation. Reach out to a law firm right away to ensure the allotted time does not run out and to avoid putting your right to compensation in jeopardy.
Explore Your Financial Recovery Options Today
Despite its potential health risks, Roundup is still being sold today. If you believe your exposure to Roundup was responsible for your cancer diagnosis, you might be entitled to financial recovery. Contact our personal injury team today to learn more about how you can seek compensation from its manufacturer.
While you worry about getting better, we take care of everything else. With responsive legal care that goes the extra mile, we fight hard to secure the monetary award you deserve. Reach the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling 1-800-747-3733.