Roundup is a weed killer. From farms, parks, to schoolyards, the pesticide has been a favorite of many. First introduced in the 1970s as a revolutionary weed killer, Roundup links serious health complications like cancer to direct use. If Roundup is responsible for your health concerns or complications including cancer, a personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation.
The glyphosate debate
The main active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. It kills weeds and other unwanted plants. During the harvesting period, farmers use glyphosate to speed up the process. The herbicide dries out plants or entirely removes leaves. Moreover, glyphosate ripens some crops.
Across the globe, numerous researches have found the effects of glyphosate on humans. For instance, the University of Washington carried out research whose findings indicated that exposure to herbicides that contain glyphosate is associated with cancer of the immune system known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
Moreover, the research by the University of Washington looked into studies documenting the effect glyphosate causes on humans as well as the impact on animals. The findings of the research indicate that people with increased exposure to glyphosate are at a greater risk of developing NHL.
Additionally, in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a cancer research agency labeled glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.
Many cancer patients have come out to sue Bayer, the company that owns Roundup. Patients are claiming the exposure to the herbicide is causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Each litigant has engaged a personal injury attorney. They argue that Monsanto, the company that markets Roundup, failed to adequately warn users of the risk associated with using the pesticide.
further, one notable lawsuit is one that involved Dewayne Johnson who was diagnosed with NHL back in 2014. The judge ordered Monsanto to pay him $289 after his personal injury attorney successfully presented the case. Later, the award was revised to $78 after an appeal.