Dalimonte Rueb is looking into potential cases of individuals being diagnosed with cancer because of heavy use of Roundup. We’re working on behalf of clients in Los Angeles who were diagnosed with B-Cell or T-Cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Subtypes of the disease include hairy cell leukemia, mantle cell lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, lymphocytic leukemia, and follicular lymphoma.
The manufacturers of Roundup, Monsanto, have already lost lawsuits of this nature. And, they could have to deal with thousands more around the country. The plaintiffs have been arguing that the company neglected to warn users that they were at increased risk for cancer. This all started after studies showed that a key component of Roundup – glyphosate – was potentially a carcinogen.
Information We Have Surrounding the Monsanto Roundup Lawsuits
It is alleged that Monsanto knew for more than 30 years that there was a link between Roundup use and cancer. However, it opted not to let the public know. Instead, the company said the weed killer was as safe as table salt. It claimed that with proper use, Roundup was non-toxic to both people and pets.
However, documents filed in court argue that Monsanto went to great lengths to keep the truth from the public. It continued to convince government agencies, farmers, and the public that its product was safe. The company hit out at studies which showed the danger of the product and spread misinformation instead. The documents also accuse Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer, of conspiring with the EPA to hide the connection.
What Side Effects and Injuries Do Roundup Cause?
Cancer is the most serious side effect of prolonged exposure to Roundup. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia are known to be the most common. Some 70,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma annually. In 90 percent of the cases, the patients have B-Cell lymphoma while around ten percent have T-Cell lymphoma.
Symptoms include loss of appetite, swollen lymph nodes, stomach and chest pain, fever, and night sweats. If you used Roundup frequently and you’ve experienced these symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible.
Landscapers, farm workers, and nursery and garden center employees are most at risk. They can inhale the herbicide when mixing, spraying or cleaning up. Roundup can also harm people who eat or drink contaminated food or water.
What Compensation Can a Plaintiff Recover in a Roundup Lawsuit?
Attorneys and potential victims are taking this situation seriously. By the end of December 2018, more than 650 lawsuits were pending against Monsanto in US criminal courts. They were brought together before Judge Vince Chhabria in the Northern District of California.
If you believe you’ve developed cancer because of Roundup use, you can also have your case heard. The Los Angeles attorneys at Dalimonte Rueb, LLP are ready to fight for you and seek the compensation you deserve. Depending on your specific circumstances, we may be able to seek compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses resulting from your cancer
- Past and future pain and suffering connected to your illness
- Lost salaries, wages or commissions
- Other economic losses resulting from your illness and/or your treatment
- Punitive damages
How Much Does It Cost to Hire Us?
Many people think they have to pay us a large sum to get us to represent them. However, that isn’t the case. We offer a free initial consultation during which we’ll go over your case and let you know our thoughts. If you choose to hire us, you don’t pay unless we recover compensation for you. This is often referred to as taking cases on a contingency basis. Our contingency fee is usually between 20 and 40 percent based on how much we were able to get for you.
What Have Been the Settlement Amounts in Roundup Cases so Far?
So far, Monsanto has lost three Roundup cases in court and the settlement amounts have been substantial. The largest settlement went to an elderly couple who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup for more than thirty years. They were awarded $2.055 billion in damages inclusive of $2 billion in punitive damages and in excess of $55 million in compensatory damages. One of the couple’s lawyers, Brent Wisner, said the verdict was a clear indication that Monsanto had to change its behavior.
Bayer pledged to appeal the verdict. It argued that the plaintiffs relied on a WHO report which differed from all other studies on Roundup. The company countered the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer 2015 report by pointing to a US Environmental Protection Agency statement. That statement sought to make it clear that glyphosate did not cause cancer.
The second-largest award came in the first trial in which a school groundskeeper was the plaintiff. His lawyer was successful in arguing that his cancer was caused by Roundup and Ranger Pro (another Monsanto herbicide). He received $289 million in damages.
Meanwhile, the other case involved Edwin Hardeman, a 70-year-old who the court awarded $80 million in damages. He used Roundup for many years, and it was found that the herbicide was a significant factor in his diagnosis. Bayer also signaled its intention to appeal this verdict and maintained that the outcome would not impact future cases. However, Hardeman’s attorney said the outcome could affect the verdict in other lawsuits.
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The cases mentioned above prove that juries are taking these cases seriously. Notably, they are awarding large amounts in punitive damages. This indicates that they believe Monsanto has been extremely negligent and they want the company to pay.
If you believe your cancer has been caused by Roundup, you need to contact Dalimonte Rueb. You deserve to have your day in court. We will work hard to build a strong case for compensation for your losses. If your loved one has been harmed by this weed killer, you should also contact us. Remember, your first consultation is free, and we’ll take your case on a contingency basis. Call us today and schedule an appointment with our experienced attorneys.