Milwaukee Roundup Claims Attorney
For the last several years, victims and their attorneys, like our Milwaukee Roundup claims attorney, have been filing lawsuits centered on the use of Roundup weed killer as a way to hold Monsanto accountable for workplace exposure to Glyphosate, which is the primary ingredient in Roundup, and which has been found to cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma blood cancer in at least three studies since 2001.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer that grows in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which serve a critical function in the body’s immune system, and which also help to prevent infections. NHL can grow in lymph tissue throughout the entire body. Whereas high-grade lymphoma can spread aggressively and rapidly cause death, low-grade NHL progresses much more slowly, and can even progress without symptoms for many years.
According to numerous research studies, Roundup exposure has been found to increase the risk of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Numerous lawsuits aiming to hold Monsanto
accountable because it failed to warn Roundup users of the risk, whether they are farmers, farm workers, homeowners, and others, of the increased risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma from exposure to the product. Among the relevant research studies include:
- In November 2001, Canadian researchers published a study in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers in which they found higher exposures to Roundup associated with higher rates of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
- In September 2003, a study was published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine that that found a 60% increase in the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma based on three large studies of midwestern farmworkers.
- In October 2008, Swedish researchers published a study in the International Journal of Cancer which found that men exposed to Roundup had double the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
- In March 2015, the cancer research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) saw fit to declare Roundup a “probable human carcinogen” based on evidence from at least three major studies published since 2001.
What Is Glyphosate and Why Is It Dangerous?
Glyphosate is listed as the primary active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. As such, it is ranked as the most heavily sprayed chemical weed killer in food and agricultural applications in human history. Thanks to the FDA, Roundup has become ubiquitous, as it has resulted in genetically engineered crops now being grown on hundreds of millions of acres in the U.S., as well as more than hundreds of millions more acres around the globe.
The latest scientific research shows that the likelihood of harm to human health can begin at levels of glyphosate as low as 0.1 parts per billion (ppb). Despite that, many popular foods have tested for glyphosate and have registered levels of the chemical that are thousands of times higher than that. The American Cancer Society (ACS) lists exposure to certain chemicals like herbicides as a potential risk factor for developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and they found that people who used Roundup consistently, whether on a residential or commercial basis are at most risk for developing NHL.
The herbicide glyphosate was also deemed a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) back in July 2015. According to their report; “Two large case-control studies of NHL from Canada and the USA, and two case-control studies from Sweden reported statistically significant increased risks of NHL [Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma] in association with exposure to glyphosate.”
Despite its designation as a “probable carcinogen,” it is still the best-selling herbicide on the market to this day, and one must wonder why no officials are sounding the alarm. It’s annual sales now top $5 billion, and its use has multiplied since the development of genetically modified crops that are resistant to glyphosate. In 2012 alone, over 283 million pounds of glyphosate was sprayed on crops all over the country, including corn, soybeans, and sugar beets, among many others.
Whereas numerous studies suggest the questionable nature of glyphosate’s safety, there also is significant evidence that Monsanto used as much of its money and power as possible to change the outcome of studies they felt may have a negative effect on sales. Some reports have revealed that Monsanto internal emails show that at least one company executive bragged that an EPA official offered to help quash another agency’s review of glyphosate, saying “If I can kill this I should get a medal.”
Many Large Verdicts Point to the Success of a Roundup Lawsuit
There are a lot of outstanding Roundup lawsuits – according to some estimates, there are at least 10,000 – but some recent verdicts point the way to successfully getting compensation for those who have developed Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma as a result of using Roundup weed killer. For example, in May 2019, a jury found that Monsanto failed to warn a couple suffering from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma about the potential risks of using Roundup and awarded them $2 billion. A couple of months earlier, in March 2019, a patient with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma was awarded $80 million by a jury after determining that his use of Roundup was a “substantial” factor in the cause of his cancer. Later that same month, another patient with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma was awarded $78 million.
Those who are most at risk of developing Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma from consistent use of Roundup include:
- Gardening Hobbyists
- Workers in nurseries and garden centers
You Can Depend on a Milwaukee Roundup Claims Attorney
If you have been stricken with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and you believe it was caused by your use of Roundup, you should be aware that you could be entitled to compensation for your illness. If you would like to know more, please contact the Milwaukee Roundup Claims Attorney at Welcenbach Law Offices. Our skilled attorneys are standing by and will be more than happy to help you determine if you have a case. Our initial consultations are confidential and free of charge, and if we take your case, you will pay nothing until we win it. Call (417) 774-7330 or fill out our convenient online contact form.