In October 2015, a report was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) directly linking glyphosate to terminal cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia. Glyphosate is a primary ingredient in the widely-selling weed killer, Roundup®.
The brand is manufactured by Bayer’s Monsanto Company. It’s the most widely-used and popular herbicide across the globe.
As a result of the study’s conclusions, people by the thousands are filing lawsuits against the manufacturer. There are over 40,000 pending lawsuits against Monsanto as of October 30, 2019.
A significant accusation against the company is that they covered up their knowledge regarding Roundup’s® threat to human safety at a large-scale level.
If you or a family suffered injury or loss of life under suspicion of exposure to Roudup® glyphosate products, don’t hesitate to speak with a New Orleans Roundup® attorney to discuss your options regarding fair compensation for your losses. You can contact one of our Roundup® lawsuit attorneys in New Orleans for a free, no-obligation case review by calling 504-526-2222 or sending us a message via our contact form.
We will take your case on a contingency fee basis if your family and our attorneys determine there is a good fit. That means we don’t ask for an upfront retainer and instead recuperate a reasonable percentage of all funds recovered.
Not to sound cliché, but we genuinely don’t get paid unless you win.
As you continue your search for legal representation, you are likely curious about how Roundup® use has affected Louisiana across the state, ways that glyphosate causes cancer, and what you can do if you strongly suspect that you are a victim of Roundup’s® harmful effects.
Roundup® Use Is Widespread Across Louisiana
Louisiana has a large agricultural sector. While this is great from a revenue generation and employment standpoint, you can help but think about how many workers have been exposed to the herbicide Roundup®. There are many invasive species and weeds that respond to the application of the product.
From bamboo to poison oak, Roundup® was the residential and commercial weed killer among Louisiana families and business owners for years. In fact, people are still using it today. Farmers and home gardeners apply it to corn, wheat, sunflowers, potatoes, and cotton.
How Does Exposure to Glyphosate Cause Cancer?
After the WHO released the report regarding glyphosate use, they concluded that the active ingredient is directly linked to causing some of the deadliest cancers and health conditions that are known to humans. The study also showed:
- Men developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with fewer than 10 years of exposure to glyphosate
- The risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma doubled with fewer than 10 years of exposure to glyphosate
- Glyphosate is carcinogenic and associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
These studies only confirmed what people already suspected. Farmers and avid gardeners began to notice an industry-wide observation that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases were higher than average among these populations.
What to Do If You Suspect Roundup® Played a Role in Your Diagnosis
If you are a New Orleans resident that suspects Roudup® herbicide played a role in your non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis or other related health condition, you may be eligible to file a legal claim against its manufacturer, Monsanto. Discussing your options with a Roundup® attorney in New Orleans can help you better under the types of compensation available, as well as what to expect during the legal process.
Your attorney can ensure that you meet the requirements set forth by the New Orleans civil court system as well as organize your medical documents, skillfully negotiate with their corporate attorneys and insurers, fight on your behalf in court, and provide legal counsel through the entire case. You should be focusing on your health and not managing a court case on your own.
Hiring an attorney that works on contingency fees, like our team at Allan Berger & Associates does, means that your legal team is personally motivated to recover the highest award amounts possible. This assertion is due to their income being contingent upon retaining a reasonable percentage of dollar amounts recovered during your lawsuit.
Compensation Available for Roundup® Exposure Victims in New Orleans, Louisiana
One of the central tenets of this case is that Monsanto had a duty of care towards the public-at-large to test their chemicals for safety and retract them as soon as they know they are harmful. The plaintiffs in Roundup® lawsuits are alleging that the company breached this duty of care by failing to alert consumers to the dangerous product when they knew it was unsafe.
In legal terms, we call these allegations that are founded on negligence. If courts find that Monsanto acted with negligence, compensation will be awarded to victims.
While it’s difficult at this point to pin down an exact number since lawsuits are still developing and every case is unique, there are a few common types of damages that courts award to prevailing plaintiffs in most product liability cases including:
- Past, current, and future medical bills
- Prescription, prosthetic, and medical device expenses
- Total travel costs related to medical treatment
- Physical and psychological therapy sessions
- Lost earnings and benefits
- Occupational and vocational rehabilitation
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of life
- Lost earning capacity
There is a small chance that courts may award punitive damages in this case, although it is rare. Punitive damages are designed to ‘punish’ the losing side and are reserved for cases that exhibit extreme signs of gross negligence.
The 40,000 claims pending against Monsanto may warrant them. We’ll see what the future holds.
Contact A New Orleans, LA Roundup® Lawsuit Attorney for a Free Case Review
As you can see, it requires legal experience and training to most-effectively manage a Roundup® lawsuit against Monsanto. While it’s unfair to make any promises, it doesn’t hurt to run your case by an attorney that has extensive knowledge of these cases and has been following them for a while. They can provide unique insight into your case that attorneys who do not focus on personal injury may not see.
You can contact the legal team at Allan Berger & Associates for a free case review to determine if you have an actionable civil claim against Monsanto. You can reach our office by calling (504) 526-2222 or sending us a message via our contact form.