South Carolina Roundup Lawsuit Attorneys
Roundup is the world’s leading herbicide. Millions of farmers, landscapers and gardeners have used the weed killer for more than four decades. Until recently, they had no idea that the active ingredient in Roundup (called glyphosate) could have deadly health effects.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen. Research has shown there is a link between exposure to glyphosate and the development of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other lymphatic cancers.
In total, law firms across the country have filed more than 13,000 lawsuits against Roundup manufacturer Monsanto (now Bayer), alleging that the company knew that glyphosate was toxic but failed to warn the public of the dangers. Juries have recently returned groundbreaking verdicts in Roundup trials, awarding billions of dollars in damages to plaintiffs.
Have you been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another cancer after exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup? If so, you may be entitled to compensation to help pay for medical treatment, replace lost income and account for other losses.
The dedicated injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices want to hear your story. We’ll review the facts of your case and discuss all of your legal options in a free consultation.
What is Roundup?
Roundup was first sold to farmers in 1974. It was hailed as a safer alternative to other herbicides that were currently on the market. Roundup was used liberally on farm crops, in garden nurseries and in residential areas.
In 1996, Monsanto developed genetically modified seeds called Roundup Ready, which were designed to tolerate glyphosate. That meant farmers could spray greater amounts of Roundup to kill weeds without destroying their crops.
Some weeds eventually became glyphosate-resistant, prompting regulators to raise the allowable limits on how much Roundup could be applied to crops. Exposure to glyphosate has also increased due to a more recent practice of spraying crops right before harvest, leaving greater amounts of residue on them.
All of these developments mean that people who have worked with Roundup —especially for a prolonged period of time — may have been exposed to dangerous concentrations of glyphosate.
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
The connection between Roundup and cancer is controversial.
The IARC (a branch of the World Health Organization) has classified glyphosate as a Group 2A probable carcinogen. This classification was based the decision of a working group of 17 experts from 11 countries, all of whom agreed that there is:
- Limited (but positive) evidence from American, Canadian and Swedish studies that establishes a link between glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Strong evidence that glyphosate can damage the DNA in human cells, which can trigger mutations that lead to cancer
- “Convincing evidence” that glyphosate could cause cancer in laboratory mice
In addition, researchers from the University of Washington recently published the results of an analysis showing that glyphosate use raises a person’s risk of developing Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by 41 percent.
Roundup has also been associated with other cancers, including:
- Hairy cell leukemia
- Lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- B-cell lymphoma
- Other subsets of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
However, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and European Food Safety Authority (along with Monsanto itself) continue to assert that Roundup is not carcinogenic.
Who is At Risk for Developing Cancer from Exposure to Weed Killer?
The people at most risk for cancer from Roundup include:
- Farmers and farm workers
- Garden center employees
How Do I File a Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit?
If you’re suffering from a cancer diagnosis due to Roundup exposure, you’re not alone. Tens of thousands of Roundup lawsuits are currently pending against Monsanto in federal and state courts.
When you’re considering filing a claim against a major corporation, the first thing that you need to do is learn whether you have a case. Contact a lawyer with experience in handling defective products cases to find out whether you have a Roundup claim.
Suing a company like Monsanto is more complex than filing other types of injury claims. Your attorney will need to build a case that shows the company knew of the dangers of glyphosate but did not take adequate measures to protect consumers from harm. Your case will also need to demonstrate how Monsanto’s failure to warn contributed to the development of your illness.
Roundup Statute of Limitations in South Carolina
Each state sets its own time limit on how long a person has to file a claim for compensation. It’s important to contact an experienced lawyer ready to take on Monsanto before the statute of limitations expires in your state or you could be forever barred from compensation.
How Our Reliable Roundup Lawsuit Attorneys Can Help
If you or a loved one worked with Roundup and has been diagnosed with cancer, you have probably already begun to experience some of the physical, emotional and financial hardships that accompany such a devastating condition. Our attorneys can help.
At Stewart Law Offices, we stand by your side so that you get the justice you deserve. We will:
- Review your medical records and employment history to identify when, where and how you were exposed to Roundup
- Interview witnesses and consult with medical professionals to show how your illness has impacted your life
- Advocate for you at all times, whether during settlement negotiations or at trial
- Demand full and fair compensation for your losses
A successful Roundup lawsuit can recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, diminished earning capacity and pain and suffering, among other losses.
Juries have also awarded another type of compensation called punitive damages to some Monsanto plaintiffs. This is money meant to “punish” the company for its negligence and deter future misconduct.
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- International Agency for Research on Cancer: “IARC Monographs Volume 112: evaluation of five organophosphate insecticides and herbicides.”
- U.S. Right to Know: “Monsanto Papers.”
- National Public Radio: “Safe or Scary? The Shifting Reputation of Glyphosate AKA Roundup.”
- Environmental Health: “Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement” and “The need for independent research on the health effects of glyphosate-based herbicides.”
- Mutation Research: “Exposure to Glyphosate-Based Herbicides and Risk for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: A Meta-Analysis and Supporting Evidence.”