According to an agricultural health study by Environmental Health Perspectives, there is a scientific possibility that glyphosate, the primary and active ingredient in Roundup, can cause multiple myeloma and other forms of cancer.
The Mayo Clinic identifies multiple myeloma as a cancer that forms in the plasma cells that normally help your body fight off infections. In cases of multiple myeloma, cancer cells accumulate and crowd out healthy blood cells and lead to symptoms that may include pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and otherwise unexplained weight loss. You or a loved one who suffers from multiple myeloma might have complications such as:
- Frequent infections
- Pain in your bones
- Thinning bones
- Limited kidney function
You might also have anemia, which can be caused when multiple myeloma crowds out normal blood cells. If you or someone you love was exposed to Roundup in your home or at your place of employment, you might be eligible for financial compensation. Review your use of Roundup, your multiple myeloma diagnosis, and your medical records with your lawyer today.
Roundup’s Potentially Harmful Ingredient
Like many commercial weed killers, Roundup contains a chemical called glyphosate and a chemical agent called polyoxyethylene amine (POEA). Identified as a poison, glyphosate exposure or ingestion may cause eye or skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. In severe cases, glyphosate poisoning may result in death.
You can be exposed to Roundup by spraying it, breathing it in during or immediately after spraying, swallowing it, or coming into contact with plants or other surfaces that are wet from its use. If you or someone you love was exposed to glyphosate and subsequently developed multiple myeloma, a personal injury lawyer can help you explore your options for potential financial compensation for your medical bills and related expenses.
Medical Care for Multiple Myeloma
Diagnosing and treating multiple myeloma can be costly and extensive. To reach a conclusive diagnosis and start developing a treatment plan, the Mayo Clinic suggests your health care team might perform a thorough physical exam, request blood and urine tests, and perform a bone marrow biopsy. You might also undergo imaging exams such as an X-ray, MRI, CT scan, or PET scan.
If you are symptom-free, your treatment plan might only include regular monitoring. More severe cases might require:
- Drug therapy
- Biological therapy
- Bone marrow transplant
If Roundup is responsible for causing the multiple myeloma you or someone you love suffers from, you might be able to collect financial compensation from its manufacturer. Your lawyer can help assess the cost of the medical care you have received, are receiving, and will require in the future.
You May Be Entitled to Additional Compensation
If your insurance claim or lawsuit is successful, the at-fault party may compensate you for more than your medical bills. Your total financial compensation package may include recovery of the following:
- Past lost income
- Future lost income
- Lost support and services
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Punitive damages, if applicable
Any financial expenses or losses not included on this list are also recoverable if they relate to treating multiple myeloma caused by the use of Roundup weed killer. Review your diagnosis, medical records, and prognosis with your lawyer to determine your eligibility to file a compensation claim against Roundup’s manufacturer.
Comply with Your State’s Personal Injury Timeline
Time plays an important part in your ability to seek financial compensation with a personal injury lawsuit. You should be aware of the pertinent statute of limitations if you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit against the corporation responsible for manufacturing Roundup.
If you do not file within your state’s time limit, you may not be able to file at all, or your lawsuit may be dismissed without ever being heard. Your lawyer can help you avoid losing your right to seek financial recovery by ensuring you do not run out of time. You may want to reach out to a legal professional right away to get your compensation claim started before the statute of limitations expires.
Contact a Personal Injury Team Member Today
If you believe Roundup caused multiple myeloma in you or someone you love, you may be eligible for financial compensation. While you worry about getting better, we may be able to take care of everything else, including preparing, proving, valuing, and filing your compensation claim. When you are ready to learn more about your financial recovery options, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling 1-800-747-3733.