Fighting for Victims of Negligence in Maryland, D.C. & Virginia
Roundup, a popular weed killer, has been linked to cancer, resulting in massive class action lawsuits against the product’s manufacturer. Attorneys at Ashcraft & Gerel represent injured and affected parties (known as “plaintiffs”) in these legal actions. Our Roundup cancer lawsuit lawyers have more than 65 years of experience and have recovered over $1 billion for our clients; we are prepared to put our extensive experience and skill on your side.
Roundup & Negligence
When you purchase a product like Roundup weed killer for lawns, for either the care of your lawn at your home or business, you assume—and rightfully so—that the manufacturer has done its due diligence to ensure that the Roundup concentrate is not only effective but relatively safe for ordinary use. Neither employees nor family members should be at risk of getting cancer or any other disease from using Roundup.
But what happens when you discover that the product is dangerous or even toxic to you and your loved ones? Beyond the fear that comes with not knowing why you or your family member is ill, you’re now faced with piles of medical bills for treatment, as well as lost income from time taken off work to receive that treatment, which deeply impacts your financial well-being.
Across America, agricultural workers, landscape artists, homeowners, and farmers are learning of the dangers of using Roundup weed killer. It is alleged that Monsanto, the company that produces this weed killer, failed to warn their users that there is a link between using this product and developing lymphoma or other forms of cancer. If you or your loved ones have used Roundup for your lawn, farm, or business, and you’ve since developed cancer, reach out to Ashcraft & Gerel as soon as possible to file a Roundup lawsuit.
The attorneys at Ashcraft & Gerel have years of experience representing families in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those related to exposure to harmful chemicals and substances like lead paint and asbestos. As such, we have the knowledge and experience you need to seek full and fair compensation from Monsanto for their negligence.
The Dangers of Roundup Weed Killer
Roundup is an herbicide designed to target unwanted weeds and grasses on domestic lawns. The active ingredient that does this is called “glyphosate,” which is a chemical that blocks an enzyme the plants need to survive. Beyond domestic use, this product is often used for commercial nurseries and public areas like, parks, playgrounds, and golf courses. Moreover, Roundup is used for commercial farms that grow the food we eat.
In fact, Roundup is sprayed over 80% of crops grown in the United States, including:
Even if this food isn’t being directly consumed by you and your family, many of the crops are fed to the livestock you eat on a regular basis, such as chickens, cows, and pigs. While the World Health Organization has only recently deemed glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” in March 2015, it appears Monsanto was aware of this fact for several years without disclosing it to their customers.
Those most likely affected by the use of Roundup are people who have had repeated exposure to the chemical. If you use Roundup regularly on your lawn or as part of your business, then you may be at an increased risk for developing certain types of cancer, like non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The highest rate of this type of cancer is often found in farmers, landscapers, nursery workers, and garden center employees—all professions that are more likely to have more exposure to the glyphosate found in Roundup.
Those who have inhaled Roundup while spraying it on weeds or may have ingested food or water contaminated by it could be at increased risk of developing any of the following:
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- B-cell Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Follicular Lymphoma
- Cutaneous & Anaplastic T-Cell
- Mantle Cell Lymphoma
- Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
Filing a Lawsuit against Monsanto
It’s suspected that for many years, Monsanto has known there was a link between their Roundup weed killer and cancer, however, they gave no warning to the public about this issue. Had you known, you may not have chosen to use this chemical on the same lawn where your children and pets play every day, or you may have made different purchasing decisions for your farm or landscaping business.
One of the main things Roundup injury lawyers have been investigating is how much Monsanto knew ahead of time and the full extent of the corporate cover-up. Recently, Roundup lawyers have uncovered evidence that both the EPA and Monsanto were aware that the weed killer was dangerous and, instead of alerting the public, took steps to downplay the risk of cancer by ghost-writing reports that “proved” Roundup did not cause cancer. These papers were then used by the EPA to support this claim, despite toxicologists at the EPA who believed that there were 14 different ways Roundup could cause cancer for those exposed to it on a regular basis.
The ex-EPA official most associated with this cover-up is Jess Rowland, who was in charge of reviewing the Roundup case. It is alleged that he was aware of the dangers of Roundup, but still collaborated with Monsanto to disprove any of the claims of danger. For example, the two studies Monsanto backed in order to prove their product was not dangerous were then signed by the EPA and, weeks before Roundup was classified as a carcinogen by the IARC, these papers were leaked to the public. It is suspected that Mr. Rowland tipped Monsanto off so that they could prepare to discredit the IARC’s findings. Even employees within the EPA, such as toxicologist Marion Copley, accuse Mr. Rowland of altering his research in favor of Monsanto and of playing “political games with the science.”
Since this link between Roundup weed killer and cancer has been made known to the public, a great number of lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto. If you have been exposed to the weed killer Roundup within the last 10 years and have developed lymphatic cancer, you may be able to file a class action lawsuit to receive compensation for your medical expenses, as well as your pain and suffering.
What Is the Value of a Roundup Lawsuit?
As with all cases, the amount of compensation you can expect to receive for your Roundup lawsuit depends on the individual circumstances surrounding your case. While a consultation with an Ashcraft & Gerel Roundup lawsuit attorney will give you the best idea of how much money you could be awarded for your claim, there are some key factors to keep in mind that could affect the outcome of your individual case.
These factors include:
- How long you’ve had cancer in relation to your level of exposure to Roundup
- Overall pain and suffering as a result of your cancer diagnosis
- Current or future medical expenses for your treatment
- Lost wages or loss of earning capacity from being unable to return to work
If these is substantial evidence to support your claim that your non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other cancer developed due to your exposure to the chemicals in Roundup, then the jury may award you with compensation for your damages.
Getting Started with Your Lawsuit
Roundup is one of the most popular weed killers in the world. For years, a number of commercial businesses and domestic homeowners have been using the product, partly due to the company’s claim that it is safe and not harmful to humans and animals. In fact, Monsanto still maintains that their product is safe for humans since they do not have the enzyme that the active ingredient targets. However, with scientific evidence that links the product with an increased risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphatic cancer, this claim has now raised concerns for farmers, landscapers, and nursery workers all around the world.
It’s important to note that the IARC did not come to the conclusion of Roundup’s carcinogenic properties lightly. This revelation came after years of thorough research drawing on peer-reviewed studies and government reports that covered the effects of glyphosate on farm, forestry, and nursery workers all over the globe. Since their findings have been made public, many people who have been exposed to Roundup over the years who have also developed serious illnesses or lymphatic cancer within the last 10 years are filing class action lawsuits to receive compensation for their losses and suffering.
Many of the lawsuits filed against Monsanto include evidence of one or more of the following:
- Proof of exposure to the carcinogen glyphosate through Roundup weed killer
- Evidence that Monsanto misrepresented the safety of Roundup
- Evidence that Roundup labels do not warn users about the risk of cancer
- Evidence that Monsanto was made aware of the carcinogenic properties of glyphosate
- Evidence that Monsanto was aware that exposure to glyphosate through inhalation, ingestion, or physical contact could increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer
If you or a family member have developed lymphoma within the past 10 years and you believe it could be due to your exposure to Roundup weed killer, reach out to an attorney at Ashcraft & Gerel today to discuss your case. They’ll be able to evaluate your case and determine if you qualify for a Roundup lymphoma cancer settlement. If so, it’s not too late to join the class action lawsuit against the Monsanto company for their alleged negligence. As part of the Roundup lawsuit, you may be able to receive compensation in court or as part of a settlement alongside other farmers, landscapers, or other individuals who have developed cancer as a result of the Roundup weed killer.
Filing a Claim on Behalf of a Deceased Loved One
If you have a loved one who worked in the farming, landscaping, forestry, or nursery profession and they passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after prolonged exposure to Roundup, that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to seek justice for your family. Even if your loved one has passed, you can still file a lawsuit on their behalf. This is called a wrongful death lawsuit. The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to ensure any surviving family members can receive the compensation they need to cover any pending medical expenses or funeral costs they may still be dealing with once their loved one has passed away.
Since you are filing a lawsuit on behalf of someone who has passed, your lawyer will work with you to uncover the evidence you need to prove that you qualify for the class action Roundup lawsuit. This could mean providing proof of profession for your deceased family member, as well as evidence that they were exposed to Roundup weed killer regularly while on the job. If you suspect that they passed while using Roundup domestically, you’ll need to provide evidence of this as well.
It’s important to note that not everyone can file a wrongful death suit for a deceased loved one. You must be a close family member like a spouse, parent, grandparent, or guardian in order to file a claim. If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to file a wrongful death claim for a Roundup lawsuit, reach out to an attorney at Ashcraft & Gerel to receive advice and to discuss the details for your case. A seasoned lawyer will be able to let you know what your legal rights are and whether you can join a class action lawsuit against Monsanto for their weed killer product.
How a Lawyer Can Help
The discovery that Roundup weed killer contains a dangerous chemical that could lead to cancer is still relatively new information for the majority of the public. As one of the world’s leading weed killers, many homeowners, farmers, and landscapers are now coming forward to file a lawsuit against Monsanto in order to receive compensation for any illnesses they developed from exposure.
The case is ongoing, and new information is being collected by attorneys who are using their resources and professional experience to investigate their clients’ claims and uncover new evidence to support their cases. It’s not too late for your voice to be heard. Anyone who has suffered from lymphatic cancer and has also had repeated contact with Roundup weed killer now has a chance to join a class action lawsuit that will allow their story to be added to hundreds of others across the world. If the case is successful, then the judge will award the victims of Roundup exposure a set amount of money to compensate for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
While in most cases, an individual or small group of individuals who have suffered at the hands of the defendant fight in court in order to win their case, a class action lawsuit is a bit different. A class action lawsuit is when a large group of people—too many to name individually for the case—all have a similar claim against the defendant and are all seeking compensation. By choosing to opt-into a class action lawsuit for damages for Roundup exposure, you will receive a portion of the reward granted by the judge if the case is successful.
In terms of the Roundup class action lawsuit, lawyers are currently gathering evidence to show that Monsanto was aware of the dangerous effects their products could have on farmers, agricultural professionals, and homeowners who repeatedly use it but did not take the necessary steps to adequately warn them of that danger. As stated earlier, many hard-working attorneys have uncovered some information to support the idea that Monsanto intentionally suppressed information that would label Roundup weed killer as a threat.
The Roundup lawsuit attorneys at Ashcraft & Gerel are interested in speaking with individuals who developed lymphatic or any other type of cancer after using the Roundup weed killer on a regular basis. The testimony you could provide may be paramount to the case. And, if the lawsuit is successful, not only could you receive compensation for your damages, but you could help hold Monsanto legally responsible for negatively impacting the lives of their consumers.
Consult with an Attorney to Learn How You Can File a Roundup Lawsuit
Ashcraft & Gerel has offices in Rockville, Landover, and Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C.; and Manassas and Alexandria, VA.
If you or your loved one had regular exposure to Roundup weed killer and later developed cancer, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses. You don’t have to face the financial burden of your medical expenses on your own. By filing a claim, you can reach a settlement for your Roundup case, or you can sue Monsanto for not properly labeling their product or warning their customers about the harmful effects of their products.
It’s time to get the compensation and the justice your family deserves. The first step is to contact Ashcraft & Gerel to discuss your case for a Roundup class action lawsuit. An attorney that’s experienced in personal injury and wrongful death law will be more than happy to go over the details of your case, discuss your legal rights, and advise you on your next steps.