California Lists Ingredient in Roundup Weed Killer As Linked to Cancer
The state of California will be adding one of the main ingredients in popular pesticide Roundup to its list of ingredients that cause cancer, reports an article in the Los Angeles Times.
If you believe Roundup weed killer could have caused your or your loved one’s cancer, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorneys at Coffey McPharlin today for help filing a claim against the company for damages.
Roundup Contains Cancer-Causing Chemical Glyphosate
The harmful chemical in Roundup — glyphosate — is the “most widely used herbicide,” reported by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Under California’s Proposition 65, products containing glyphosate must have a warning label by 2018 stating that the chemical causes “cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm.” Research has tied Roundup to numerous potentially fatal cancers including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia.
What happens next?
Despite these findings and the recent addition to California’s list, you will still find products with this chemical on store shelves. This is because federal and state officials are the ones with the authority to restrict or ban pesticides like Roundup. And they have determined that the chemical’s low toxicity makes it safe to use if the user follows the directions.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that glyphosate was not a carcinogen, leaving many advocacy groups outraged. Despite this decision, multiple school districts across the state have banned the chemical.
The makers of Roundup, Monsanto, continue to claim that glyphosate is harmless to humans and have refused to comply with the ruling to put a warning label on its product. Monsanto sued the EPA when it first ordered the warning label two years ago. The company continues to fight the EPA’s decision, claiming the organization “cherry picked” the science that supports the warning label.
We will monitor this story to determine whether Monsanto complies with the requirement.
What should I do if I think Roundup caused my cancer?
Monsanto may deny that its product is harmful, but we know better. Exposure to the harmful chemicals like glyphosate can cause serious illness, including cancer.
Our attorneys will help you determine if you have a good chance at recovering damages. However, the following might indicate you have a case against Monsanto:
- A doctor diagnosed you with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
- You were under 65 years of age at the time of diagnosis.
- You have not had heavy exposure via military service and/or exposure to Agent Orange.
If you believe Roundup is the reason for your cancer diagnosis, contact Coffey McPharlin as soon as possible to file a product liability claim against those responsible for putting this harmful product on the shelves. We will help you hold Monsanto accountable for the physical, emotional, and financial difficulties it has caused you and your family. The store that sold the product and any manufacturers associated with creating the product may also be liable, depending on the circumstances of your case.
What do I need to do to hold Monsanto liable for my cancer diagnosis?
To recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs related to your cancer diagnosis, we will likely allege one or more of the following theories:
- Strict liability based on a defect in the design or manufacturing of the product
- Strict liability based on a failure to warn of the dangers of the product
- Breach of implied or express warranties
Coffey McPharlin will thoroughly research the link between Roundup and cancer and find ways to show how glyphosate caused your particular type of cancer. To establish causation, we will contact qualified medical and agricultural experts to testify on your behalf regarding your exposure to the chemical and the effects of glyphosate on the human body.
Cancer can take a devastating toll on patients and their loved ones. Even if you are eventually cancer-free, you may be left with thousands of dollars in medical bills for the various treatments and procedures you had to undergo.
The attorneys at Coffey McPharlin are not afraid to go after large companies like Monsanto to get you the financial compensation you deserve. If you have been exposed to Roundup weed killer and now find yourself battling cancer, call 954-541-3194 for a free consultation.