Roundup is a commonly used product. Americans expect that products such as this will be safe. Unfortunately, the corporations who produce, market, and sell the products we buy will often put profits over consumer’s safety.
Here at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, we believe companies should be held accountable for their reckless endangerment of their customers. Recently, the agrochemical giant Monsanto and its parent company, Bayer, have faced lawsuits centered on their top-selling weed-killer, Roundup.
Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup, was found to be carcinogenic in 2015 through a study by the International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Glyphosate also happens to be the most widely used herbicide in Alabama and the United States and has been used extensively on a variety of valuable crops for decades.
If you or a loved one have suffered from cancer or other health problems after prolonged exposure to Roundup, contact the experienced product liability attorneys of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP to win the financial compensation you and your family deserve.
Why Is Roundup So Dangerous?
Exposure to Roundup is mainly linked to the following types of cancer: Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, B-Cell Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Leukemia. The health consequences from glyphosate exposure are not limited to cancer, however. The previously mentioned IARC study also found evidence that contact with Roundup can cause damage to human DNA. A qualified and knowledgeable product liability attorney can help hold these large corporations responsible for their actions and secure payment for any physical, emotional, or psychological harm this product has caused you and your family.
In June of 2018, the large German pharmaceutical company, Bayer, purchased Monsanto for over 63 billion dollars. Just two months later, Dewayne Johnson won $293,000,000 in damages in the first trial case to prove causal evidence for Roundup’s link to cancer. Since then, multiple victims of Roundup’s toxicity have successfully won cases at both the state and federal level, with each settlement reaching into millions of dollars.
Juries have already determined that Monsanto knowingly failed to warn customers about the health risks of their product. At this time, roughly 14,000 Americans have filed suits against Monsanto and Bayer for Roundup-related maladies. Whether you work in agriculture or maintain a garden, if you have suffered health issues after exposure to Roundup, a skilled Roundup legal team can use their considerable resources to win you the compensation and justice owed to you.
Sadly, this is not the first time that residents in Alabama have suffered due to the negligence of Monsanto. After the creation of its chemical production plant in Anniston, Alabama, Monsanto released millions of pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the environment over five decades. These human-made chemicals were later proven to cause cancer, liver damage, skin rashes, and genetic deformities.
Bayer and Monsanto continue to sell millions of pounds of Roundup and insist that their product is safe for use. Both will use their considerable legal and financial resources to fight Roundup lawsuits at every turn. For these reasons, it is crucial to seek the legal counsel of a trial-tested attorney with experience holding large companies accountable for their negligence.
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t owe us a dime unless we win you compensation for your suffering. Additionally, we believe that everyone deserves the right to proper legal counsel, so we offer legal consultations to discuss your options completely free of charge.
Exposure to Roundup and Glyphosate
There are a variety of occupations that have exposed Alabamians to Roundup and cancer risk through no fault of their own. Roundup is used in both personal lawns and commercial farming. Here are some of the jobs that have the highest risk of exposure to carcinogenic glyphosate:
- Crop dusters
- Chemical plant workers
- Plant nursery workers
- Floral shop employees
Since its release in 1974, the FDA and the federal government have required no warning labels on Roundup. This means many individuals have experienced decades of exposure to this harmful chemical, completely oblivious to its harmful effects. If you or someone close to you was routinely exposed to Roundup and developed NHL as a result, your first call should be to a doctor for a diagnosis. Your second should be to a qualified Roundup attorney to walk you through your legal options.
In addition to various types of cancer and DNA damage, exposure to Roundup has been linked to a variety of other maladies and health disorders.
Frequently Asked Questions about Roundup Lawsuits
Is it possible to recover compensation from the companies who made Roundup?
Our skilled team of lawyers has decades of combined experience fighting giant corporations on behalf of injured clients and winning compensation for damages at trial. Our investigators will perform a thorough investigation into methods of exposure, medical records, safety regulations, and other specifics of your case to provide concrete evidence of your claim.
We have strong relationships with scientific and medical experts who can provide testimony. Furthermore, we have a passion for helping the Birmingham community and all of Alabama defend themselves against the harmful negligence caused by the greed of large corporations. Thousands of Roundup cases are ongoing in America right now, but many have already resulted in successful verdicts and large settlements for the victims.
What kinds of compensation could I be owed?
The illnesses linked to Roundup are severe and often fatal. Damages are not simply limited to medical costs, however. If you or a loved one have suffered cancer or a severe health problem after exposure to Roundup, you could be entitled to a host of damages. These may include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages or earning potential
- Loss of consortium (if a loved one has already passed away)
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Possible punitive damages to punish the company for its recklessness.
A skilled attorney can help you take action and fight to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation possible for the harm you’ve suffered as a result of exposure to Roundup.
How long do I have to file a Roundup claim?
As with most types of lawsuits in Alabama, there is a statute of limitations on the amount of time an individual has to file a personal injury lawsuit for a defective product. According to the Alabama Civil Code 6-2-1, this statute of limitations is set at two years after the injury has become apparent. For cancer cases, this generally means that the individual or their family has two years after the date of diagnosis to file a claim.
If you suspect that Roundup exposure may have contributed to your illness, it is best to contact an Alabama Roundup attorney as soon as possible to start the legal process.
Roundup Use in Alabama: By the Numbers
Soybeans and corn are two of Alabama’s largest cash crops, and many acres devoted to these crops are treated with glyphosate in Alabama.
Twice in the last ten years, Monsanto has faced a major scandal when the Department of Justice and the FDA exposed fraudulent Roundup cancer testing and falsified study results.
With 14,000 current Roundup-related lawsuits filed in the United States alone, analysts estimate that Bayer and Monsanto’s glyphosate injury liabilities to be between $4 and 15 billion.
Call a Birmingham Roundup Attorney Today
The knowledgeable lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP are experts at product liability, and our experienced legal team has a trial-tested record of passionately serving the Birmingham community and all of Alabama. We will dedicate our expansive resources to guaranteeing you and your family the best legal representation possible.
Along with securing meaningful compensation, filing a claim against Monsanto could also help safeguard future customers from similar injustices. Sadly, Roundup continues to be sold widely in Alabama and spread over many of the major crops that consumers eat. It is often only through the threat of financial losses that companies are forced to alter their practices and discontinue harmful products.
If you or someone close to you have developed NHL after exposure to Roundup, don’t wait until it is too late to take legal action. Call Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP at (205) 324-1212 or reach out to us online today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Roundup lawyer.