If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ve probably come across at least one story of someone claiming that the weed killer Roundup caused their cancer. Roundup, along with many other commonly used weed killers, contains glyphosate. Despite the fact that glyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides throughout the world, there are serious questions about the risks associated with it.
According to a recent study by the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41%.
The use of Roundup and the legal implications
There’s no denying the fact that glyphosate is an effective herbicide. That’s why it’s used in so many weed killing and weed control products, such as Roundup. The problem with this is the growing concern about the safety of using products that contain glyphosate.
To date, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer (Bayer) of Roundup. All of the people who filed these lawsuits have the same thing in common: They strongly believe that long-term use of the product resulted in their suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
It’s clear that you have legal grounds for filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Roundup. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll win your case.
Success to date
While there are many lawsuits pending, Bayer has taken some action to make things right.
In June 2020, Bayer agreed to settle more than 100,000 Roundup lawsuits. With this, they also agreed to pay out somewhere in the range of $8.8 to $9.6 billion. This is in addition to another $1.5 billion to settle any future claims against the company.
But this doesn’t take into consideration any cases that have gone to trial or are currently in the appeals process. There may be some gray area with respect to whether or not Roundup causes cancer, but this shouldn’t scare you away from taking legal action.
If you’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after long-term exposure to Roundup or a similar product, learn more about your legal rights. You may be in line to receive compensation from the manufacturer, which can give you financial peace of mind as you fight this disease.