According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) guidelines, you can protect yourself from Roundup by limiting your exposure to it, and by:
- Wearing protective clothing and eyewear during its use
- Not standing in or near Roundup when it is being sprayed
- Not allowing it to stay on your skin or get into your eyes
- Thoroughly washing your hands after applying it
- Not eating, drinking, or smoking while it is being applied
- Not walking barefoot for a minimum of 24 hours after application
- Thoroughly washing all produce before eating
- Thoroughly washing your hands after handling plants sprayed with it
These steps can help to protect yourself and your family from further exposure to glyphosate in Roundup. While these safety measures and the use of alternative methods or weed control can help in the future, they cannot reduce the harm you might have already endured. If you were previously exposed to Roundup in your home or as part of your employment and suffered an illness or were diagnosed with cancer, a lawyer can help you seek financial recovery.
Safe Alternatives to Roundup
Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup, is the most commonly used weed killer and herbicide in home gardening, farming, and commercial applications. Despite its popularity, and because of its potential dangers, you might want to consider safer Roundup alternatives going forward. North Carolina State Extension Publications suggests these alternative methods:
- Manual removal of weeds on a biweekly basis
- Flame, steam, or hot foam weeding to control broadleaf weeds and seedlings
- All-natural weed control using vinegar or botanical oils
- Cultivation to control weed growth and regrowth
- Carefully applied synthetic herbicides
- Weed wrenching tools that remove weeds and their roots
Even landscape weed control is feasible and achievable without the use of Roundup. Consider these alternatives to Roundup. They can help beautify your garden, lawn, or farm without posing a hazard to your health.
The Dangers of Roundup
University of Washington research maintains that exposure to glyphosate in Roundup can increase your risk of cancer.
Of particular concern was the 41% increase in the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This form of cancer typically starts in the lymphatic system and can require chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplants. After a diagnosis, your doctor will stage your cancer as follows:
- Stage I – the cancer is limited to one lymph node or lymph node region
- Stage II – the cancer involves two lymph node regions or organs
- Stage III – the cancer is in lymph nodes around the diaphragm or in the spleen
- Stage IV – the cancer is advanced and has spread throughout your body
If you developed cancer after exposure to Roundup, you might be able to recover the cost of the treatments you receive and their related expenses by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit for financial compensation. A personal injury team can review your medical records and determine your potential for financial recovery.
Act on Your Potential Claim Right Away
Do not wait to consult an attorney if you or a loved one are suffering from Roundup exposure or if a loved one passed away from Roundup exposure. Statutes of limitations established by the states will vary, and some states may have a timeframe as short as a year. However, it can take time for the effects of Roundup to appear. If you want or need to pursue a lawsuit, you can discuss these limitations with a lawyer.
Still, the earlier in the process you consult a law firm, the more time they have to make sure your lawsuit is filed on time. Missing the statutory cutoff time can mean your potential compensation case is dismissed without ever being heard.
Get Financial Protection from Roundup’s Manufacturer
How you protect yourself from Roundup can vary according to how and where exposure occurs. If you were already exposed to Roundup and developed cancer, we believe you deserve compensation. Our team wants to help you get it.
Contact the team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling 1-800-747-3733 today. You worry about getting better. We take care of everything else. The initial consultation is free and we advance all the costs of your case. We do not get paid unless you do. You face no risk when working with our team.