Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma from Exposure to Roundup
Roundup is a weed killer manufactured by Monsanto. The company made false claims that its product was safe for consumer use.
However, studies have shown the adverse effects of exposure to dangerous chemicals in the herbicide. According to lawsuits, Monsanto knew about the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other severe medical conditions but didn’t warn the public.
Common Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that make up part of a person’s immune system.
Symptoms vary from person to person depending on the affected part of the body and the type of lymphoma. Some people don’t experience any symptoms until the cancer grows.
Enlarged lymph nodes are an obvious sign of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lymph nodes in the side of the neck, above the collar bone, groin, or underarms commonly become enlarged. Typically, these manifest as painless lumps just below the skin.
The other most common symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include:
- Weight loss
- Chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Bleeding or bruising easily
- Swollen abdomen
- Severe or frequent infections
Additional symptoms can include:
- Night sweats
- Unexplained loss of at least 10 percent of the person’s body weight in six months
If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have non-Hodgkin lymphoma. You should visit your doctor to discuss your health and determine whether you developed cancer from Roundup exposure.
Dangers Associated with Roundup
Roundup contains a dangerous chemical called glyphosate. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015. Exposure can occur for many reasons, including:
- Drinking contaminated water
- Touching a plant following Roundup application
- Breathing in particles in the air after recent application
- Eating food contaminated by glyphosate
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most common risks of using Roundup regularly. Prolonged and long-term exposure to glyphosate in the herbicide has also been linked to medical conditions, such as:
- Fertility problems
- Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
- Acute T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma
- Hairy cell leukemia
- Respiratory illnesses
- Heart disease
- Anaplastic large T-cell lymphoma
- Birth defects
- Mantel cell lymphoma
- Liver disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic kidney disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Parkinson’s disease
People at Risk of Glyphosate Exposure
Specific individuals have a higher risk of developing cancer or another medical condition due to their consistent and long-term use of Roundup. The most common include:
- Agricultural workers
- Pesticide and herbicide applicators
- Professional gardeners
Although these groups of people are more likely to inhale or touch the dangerous herbicide, others can also suffer the harmful effects of exposure. Roundup applications at farms and other locations near residential areas can place residents at risk. Glyphosate could contaminate drinking water or the food these individuals eat.
Compensation Available After Roundup Exposure
Monsanto began marketing Roundup after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it for use in the 1970s. Glyphosate is one of the active ingredients responsible for killing weeds and unwanted plants.
Unfortunately, glyphosate exposure can lead to various health problems, including cancer. Although the manufacturer knew about the risks of its herbicide, there were no warning labels informing consumers of the potential to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma or another disease due to Roundup use.
If you decide to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Roundup, the compensation you receive could cover various losses suffered, such as:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Emotional distress
You might also be able to pursue punitive damages. This form of compensation punishes the defendant for their misconduct and aims to prevent similar actions in the future. You must be able to prove that Monsanto is liable for the losses you suffered and acted with malice, fraud, or willful or wanton conduct to receive this financial award.
How DeMayo Law Offices Could Help You with Your Roundup Lawsuit
At DeMayo Law Offices, we have over 150 years of combined experience handling defective product cases. We could help you seek the maximum compensation you deserve from the negligent manufacturer. You should not be forced to suffer the consequences of someone else’s actions.
When you hire us, we will use our knowledge and resources to create the best legal strategy to try to achieve your desired outcome. You can depend on us to fight by your side until the end.
If you were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or another medical condition after prolonged exposure to Roundup, call DeMayo Law Offices today at (877) 333-1000 for a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.