Cancer and Roundup Lawsuits in Louisville
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
Produced by manufacturer Monsanto, glyphosate - a chemical found in the weed-killing product "Roundup" - has been linked to numerous cases of cancer. People living near land that has been treated with Roundup are at the highest risk of developing cancer, but anyone exposed to the weed-killer is at risk as well. Glyphosate has been classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the World Health Organization, and cancer patients who have been exposed to the chemical may have grounds for legal action.
Roundup and Cancer
Roundup is a popular weed-killer, or herbicide, widely marketed by the agricultural company Monsanto. It has been purchased by millions of consumers worldwide, and has gained a reputation as a highly effective weed killer. Inexplicably, Monsanto has stated that Roundup is safe, even in the face of overwhelming research linking Roundup to various types of cancer. In early 2015, the World Health Organization finally concluded that Roundup is hazardous to the health of humans. It was also discovered that Monsanto possessed research regarding Roundup’s carcinogenic effects, but chose not to give those details to the general public.
Throughout the years, Roundup has been popular with both agricultural workers and home gardeners. Despite its popularity, it has been linked to the following types of cancer:
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Colon cancer
- Skin cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
The development of these cancers has been the subject of much debate, but most studies believe that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, is responsible. People with high levels of exposure are at the greatest risk of illness.
Surprisingly, in the face of such findings, Monsanto denies the danger, with one Monsanto lobbyist even claiming Roundup is "safe to drink". Negligent behavior should not be tolerated, and contrary to popular belief, major corporations do have a moral and legal obligation to protect the health of those who use their products. This involves taking the following actions:
- Frequently testing products to ensure their safety
- Following state and federal regulations
- Performing an adequate amount of safety research
- Providing the public with relevant information and findings
When a company fails to take the actions listed above, it is actively endangering the lives of consumers.
Are You Entitled to Compensation?
If your use of Roundup possibly resulted in the development of cancer, you may have a right to compensation for your suffering. Cancer is a lifechanging illness that can result in death. While fighting the illness, patients usually face astronomical medical bills. If you have a product liability case, you may be entitled to financial compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Living expenses
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
If cancer caused the death of a loved one, you may be able to get additional compensation. If you believe that you have a case, it is important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.
If you are looking for Louisville personal injury lawyers with a background in product liability, then you want to contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today. We will do our best to ensure that you and your loved ones receive the justice you deserve. Call our office at (502) 458-5555 to discuss the details of your Roundup case with an attorney.
- Glyphosate Report from the World Health Organization
- Learn About Cancer from the American Cancer Society
- Hazards in Agricultural Operations
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