“SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS” HAVE BEEN NOTED
(Aug. 2, 2019) — You’ve probably heard about the wave of Roundup lawsuit cases, but how do you know if you have a case, too? Here are 3 ways to tell!
Since the year 1974, more than 1.6 billion kilograms of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller) have been applied to crops around the world. Two-thirds of the glyphosate applied in the U.S. has been applied in just the last decade.
Clearly, the world has something of a Roundup problem. People are starting to suffer as a result, too.
In fact, Monsanto, the company that produces Roundup, recently had to pay a multi-billion dollar settlement after a jury ruled that there’s a link between glyphosate exposure and cancer.
After news broke about the outcome of this Roundup lawsuit, millions of other people responded by filing their own lawsuits.
Do you think you have a Roundup lawsuit case on your hands? If so, keep reading. Explained below are three indicators that it might be a good idea for you to pursue legal action.
You Have a Cancer Diagnosis
If you’ve recently received a cancer diagnosis, there’s a possibility that you can file a lawsuit and receive a settlement. It does depend, though, on the specific type of cancer you have.
Roundup exposure is linked to the following types of cancer:
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
If you were diagnosed with a different type of cancer, you may still be able to file a lawsuit. Your case might require a little more work, though, since the three cancers listed above are most commonly associated with Roundup and glyphosate exposure.
You Have a History of Roundup Exposure
Speaking of exposure, you also need to have been exposed to Roundup to have a chance of winning a Roundup lawsuit.
Keep in mind that exposure doesn’t have to be prolonged, nor does it have to have been part of your job.
Some research indicates that a mere eight hours of Roundup exposure may be enough to cause cancer in some individuals.
You could also have exposed yourself to Roundup without knowing it. If you live in an area where Roundup is often sprayed on crops, for example, you may be more susceptible than others to certain types of cancer.
The Timing of Your Diagnosis Is Right
Most states have a statute of limitations in place for Roundup lawsuits. To increase your chances of winning your case, it’s important to file a lawsuit within the guidelines of your state.
You can still file a lawsuit outside of the statute of limitations. You and your lawyer will have more work to get your settlement, though.
Tips for Filing a Roundup Lawsuit
Can you check the boxes described above?
If you’ve received a diagnosis of one of the types of cancer most often associated with Roundup and you have a history of exposure to the weedkiller, there’s a good chance you have a case on your hands.
That chance increases even more if the timing of your diagnosis falls in line with the statute of limitations put in place by your state.
If you’re ready to file a Roundup lawsuit, it’s important to take the following steps. They’ll help you increase your chances of having your suit taken seriously and help you to get the compensation you deserve.
Hire a Roundup Lawyer
The first step to take when looking into filing Roundup lawsuits is to hire a lawyer who specializes in them.
Technically, you could hire any kind of lawyer to help you with your case. But, you’ll have a much better chance of getting the compensation you deserve if you work with someone who has a lot of knowledge and experience regarding these types of cases.
Do some research to find out which lawyers in your area have handled Roundup cases in the past and are taking on new clients.
Your next step is to work with your lawyer to gather evidence to support your case.
This evidence includes things like medical records and confirmation of your cancer diagnoses from your doctor. You may also want to keep your old Roundup products handy (although you definitely shouldn’t continue to use them).
You’ll also need evidence supporting the worth of your case. This includes lost income claims and medical bills documenting the cost of your cancer treatment.
Draft a Complaint
Once you have sufficient evidence, your lawyer will draft a complaint on your behalf.
This complaint will outline the specific damages you’ve suffered and will include an argument for the settlement you would like to receive.
File Your Complaint
Once they’ve drafted the complaint, your lawyer will file it with the court.
Monsanto will receive a copy of the complaint, as well, and have an opportunity to respond to it.
Reach a Settlement Agreement
After your lawyer has filed the complaint, you’ll likely be able to reach a settlement agreement with Monsanto.
This often takes place outside of court, which will help you (and Monsanto, unfortunately) save money.
The good news, though, is that you’ll be able to reach an agreement and get your compensation more quickly when you take this approach.
File Your Lawsuit Today
Roundup is a dangerous chemical that has caused serious health problems for a lot of people in the U.S. and around the world. Have you had exposure to Roundup in your home or as part of your job?
If so, you may have a Roundup lawsuit on your hands. Keep these tips in mind if you decide to pursue a lawsuit to increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.
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Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.