Memphis Product Liability Lawyers for Roundup Cancer Claims
Helping West Tennessee families pursue compensation from Monsanto
Monsanto is the manufacturer of Roundup weed killer which has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of a cancer. There is also strong evidence that Roundup can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our product liability lawyers understand what’s required to hold manufacturers and sellers of dangerous products accountable. We represent plaintiffs who have developed terminal illnesses through repeat exposure to toxic or dangerous substances. Contact us in Memphis or Jackson to learn more.
The science behind why Roundup is a defective/dangerous product
Roundup can be found in many hardware stores and home improvement stores. It’s marketed as a good way to control weeds. It’s used widely in the agricultural sector.
A key ingredient in Roundup’s weed killer is glyphosate. Glyphosate has been named a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). This means there is a likely link between exposure to glyphosate and cancer. This decision was based in part on analysis of multiple studies, which found:
“people exposed to the weed killer glyphosate, marked by Monsanto under the brand name Roundup, had double the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma…. The authors, scientists who work in the IARC Section of Environment and Radiation in Lyon, France, theorized that these pesticides were causing genetic mutations in white blood cells, thereby weakening the body’s immune system and ability to fight off disease.”
Other members of the scientific community are focused on the other products in Roundup, not just the glyphosate. The US National Toxicology Program is looking at the effects of those chemicals on decreased cell viability. The tests are examining the effect of glyphosate alone and in combination with these other chemicals.
Understand the signs, symptoms, and prognosis for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
According to the American Cancer Society, cells which begin to grow out of control can develop into cancer. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (also called NHL) is a form of cancer that begins in the white blood cells – “called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system.” Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is different that Hodgkin Lymphoma. NHL usually begins in the lymph nodes or lymph tissue, though it can also affect the skin. The lymph system is part of the body’s immune system which fights infections and diseases. The major sties of lymph tissue are:
- The lymph nodes
- The spleen
- Bone marrow
- The thymus
- Adenoids and tonsils
- The digestive tract
The treatment depends on the type of NHL a patient has, which in turn, depends on whether B cells or T cells are affected, the maturity of the cells when they are affected, and other issues. The two main forms of NHL are indolent (slow-growing lymphoma) and aggressive lymphoma. If not properly treated, NHL can spread to the liver, bone marrow, or brain.
The symptoms can vary from patient to patient. Some of the signs include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Digestive pain and swelling
- Constant tiredness
- Respiratory difficulties
- Other complications
Treatments include radiation, a bone marrow transplant, and chemotherapy. Survival rates vary depending on the type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the patient’s age, the stage of the disease, and where the NHL is located.
Roundup can cause fatty liver disease
New research on rats by King’s College London found “evidence that consumption of low doses of glyphosate over time can cause cell damage, serious fatty liver disease and areas of dead tissue or necrosis in the livers.” Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the “accumulation of extra fat in liver cells not caused by alcohol.” About 90 million Americans are affected by it.
The American Liver Association states that fatty liver disease may “cause the liver to swell and cause cirrhosis over time and may even lead to liver cancer or liver failure.” Some people are more at risk for developing fatty liver disease than others. For these people, exposure to glyphosate in even small amounts constitutes a danger to their health.
Making a claim against Monsanto for compensation
Most Roundup cancer claims are based on the theory of strict liability. That is, the companies that made or sold the products (Monsanto and Bayer) can be held liable without the need to prove fault. Most current cases are based on the theory that these companies knew of the human carcinogenic dangers of repeat exposure and failed to warn consumers and users of the products.
Repeat exposure generally means using the product on a daily or near-daily basis for years at a time. Farmers, landscapers, golf club workers, and agricultural workers are most at risk. Homeowners who regularly used the product may have a claim too. Anyone with NHL or the family of anyone who died from NHL shouldn’t talk themselves out of a claim. The best advice is to speak with an experienced toxic tort or product liability lawyer to determine if you have a case.
Many cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or fatty liver disease due to exposure to Roundup will be made part of any multi-district litigation claims that are already pending against Monsanto, Bayer, and related businesses.
How much is my case worth?
There is no way to guarantee an outcome in this kind of claim, though many of the lawsuits against Monsanto have ended with multi-million-dollar verdicts for the plaintiffs. If you are successful in your claim, you could be awarded damages for:
- Daily physical pain and suffering
- All reasonable and necessary medical expenses
- Economic losses due to the inability to work
- Punitive damages may also be part of the claim
The Memphis product liability lawyers of Bailey & Greer believe that companies like Monsanto, which manufacture dangerous products, should be held accountable for their actions. That means showing that a product was designed improperly, made improperly, or that the instructions and warnings (or lack of warnings) on usage were defective or missing. We work with product safety professional, environmental professionals, toxic tort professions, and medical professionals to help confirm the defect and to show the defect caused your injuries.
Make an appointment with an experienced Roundup litigation lawyer today
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our Memphis injury attorneys have successfully litigated and settled numerous product liability claims. In many cases, we’ve obtained verdicts and negotiated agreements worth more than a million dollars. We represent victims of toxic torts and environmental hazards throughout West Tennessee including Memphis and Jackson. To learn if you have a case for any disease due to use of Roundup weed killer products, call us at 901-475-7434 or use our contact form to schedule an appointment.