Houston Roundup Attorney
It’s hard to trust a corporation when so many of its messages seem to disagree with independent research. Many people across the country have won claims against Bayer and Monsanto because they failed to warn about the dangers of Roundup weed killer and its primary ingredient, glyphosate, which may be carcinogenic.
If you were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after long periods of exposure to Monsanto Roundup, a Roundup attorney at our law firm wants to represent you. The attorneys at Reich & Binstock have more than 30 years of experience representing clients in pharmaceutical injury, personal injury, and product liability cases. We believe every Roundup victim’s story deserves to be heard and we will fight tirelessly for their justice.
What is Roundup?
Roundup is a popular weed killer that was originally created in 1974 by an agricultural chemical company called Monsanto. In 2018, Bayer AG acquired Monsanto Roundup. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which is incredibly toxic to human health and has led to hundreds of Roundup cancer lawsuits in recent years.
Glyphosate is one of the most common herbicides in the world, and it isn’t just used in Roundup. In fact, at least 750 U.S. products contain glyphosate according to a 2019 news report. The chemical isn’t just used to kill weeds, as you may be thinking. Farmers frequently use Roundup on crops such as:
- Fruit and vegetables
When Was Glyphosate Classified as a Known Carcinogen?
Glyphosate was recently classified as a “probable human carcinogen” despite the fact that the ingredient has been treating our crops since at least 1974. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) with the World Health Organization declared the herbicide as a “probable carcinogen” in 2015. Later, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) declared glyphosate as an official carcinogen in 2017.
How Does Roundup Exposure Happen?
The average person can get exposed to Roundup in many ways. If you’re a farmer or if you frequently use the herbicide on your lawn, you can get exposed by:
- Breathing in glyphosate
- Getting glyphosate on your skin or in your eyes
- Touching plants or grass that’s still wet from Roundup use
- Eating or smoking without washing your hands after using Roundup
- Eating crops treated with glyphosate
The best way to protect yourself from glyphosate exposure is to wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, gloves, and glasses while using the chemical on your lawn or garden. When you’re done using the chemical, it’s crucial to change clothes and wash your hands to prevent significant exposure.
Who Is Most At Risk for Roundup Exposure?
Farmers, commercial agricultural workers, groundskeepers, and landscapers have the highest cancer risk as a result of using large amounts of Roundup. Additionally, homeowners and avid gardeners who regularly use Roundup products may also be at risk.
Foods That May Have Glyphosate
Many common breakfast food products, unfortunately, have glyphosate in them according to a report from EWG. The World Health Organization tested some of our favorite breakfast cereals and snacks like Honey Nut Cheerios, Nature Valley Bars, and even Quaker Old Fashioned Oats and determined that they all have above-average levels of the carcinogen. Fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, apples, spinach, blueberries, potatoes, avocados, lemons, pomegranates, etc. may also be contaminated with glyphosate.
Do Organic Foods Have Glyphosate?
If you want to limit extensive exposure to glyphosate, buy organic produce and food staples. Glyphosate is one of the dozens of chemicals that are banned for use on organic crops. Only buying and eating organic foods won’t completely eliminate your risk though, because cross-contamination between organic and non-organic crops is possible.
Health Risks Associated with Roundup
Unfortunately, long-term exposure to weed killers with glyphosate can lead to an increased risk of numerous deadly diseases such as the ones listed below.
- Cancer: There have been an increasing number of lawsuits in the last 10 years claiming Roundup-related cancer. More specifically, many long-term users of Roundup ended up developing non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This type of cancer basically creates abnormal white blood cells in the immune system, which leads to symptoms like swollen lymph nodes, stomach pain, chest pain, fever, etc.
- Damage to the Kidney and Liver: A 2016 study concluded that not only can Roundup users end up developing non hodgkin lymphoma, but they also can sustain kidney and liver damage.
- Reproductive Risks for Fertile and Pregnant Women: Many scientists are concerned that glyphosate exposure can also affect reproduction for both fertile and pregnant women. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that there’s no evidence to support this theory as of now.
If you suspect that you’re experiencing a Roundup cancer case or another major health issue, you need support from a Roundup attorney at Reich & Binstock. Our legal team will help you file a Roundup cancer lawsuit.
Recent Roundup Cancer Lawsuits and Settlement Amounts
In the past 10 years, multiple people who have developed cancer have filed Roundup lawsuits and won millions.
One of the most well-known Roundup lawsuits was filed by Dewayne Johnson who was a San Francisco groundskeeper at a school district. During his Roundup litigation, he claimed he had two major glyphosate exposure incidents where large amounts of his body were soaked with the weed killer. A couple of years later, he received a stage four non hodgkins lymphoma diagnosis. Dewayne Johnson ended up winning $250 million in punitive damages and $39 million in compensation according to a 2018 CNN news report.
Another famous Roundup settlement in 2019 involved Edward Hardeman, who had used Roundup on his property’s weeds for almost three decades. Hardeman received a non hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis in 2015 and then sued Monsanto, which manufactures Roundup. His Roundup settlement came out to $80 million.
Alva and Alberta Pilliod
Lastly, a California couple won $2 billion in Roundup settlements after developing cancer. Alva and Alberta Pilliod had used Roundup for years in order to manage the weeds on their property. Alva was diagnosed with non hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and Alberta was later diagnosed with the same cancer in 2015. Both Roundup victims began seeking justice via a Roundup class action lawsuit. Their Roundup lawsuit attorneys basically argued that the couple had suffered long-term exposure because of their property work and the fact that Monsanto never warned their customers to wear protective gear while using the herbicide. Monsanto paid the couple $1 billion each in Roundup settlements according to a 2019 report.
Compensation for Roundup Exposure
If you’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, or another form of cancer after exposure to Roundup, you may be entitled to compensatory damages for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Child care expenses
- Emotional distress
- Other unexpected costs of injuries related to your cancer diagnosis
Call Roundup lawsuit lawyers at Reich & Binstock to pursue your class action lawsuit. Our law firm offers honest guidance and strong representation in court. We will protect your rights and fight for maximum compensation.
Roundup Statute of Limitations in Texas
Because Roundup cases fall under the personal injury statute in Texas, people must file a Roundup lawsuit no later than 2 years from the date of their non hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. Act quickly and call a Houston Roundup attorney as soon as possible.
Call a Houston Roundup Attorney at Reich & Binstock Today
Skilled and experienced both in and out of court, Reich & Binstock Roundup attorneys have won several multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. We care about the health and wellbeing of every single client, especially those unknowingly exposed to a dangerous herbicide. Call a Houston Roundup attorney today at 713-622-7271 for a free consultation.
There is a never a fee unless we recover on your behalf.