Wilmington Roundup Lawyers
Roundup is the name given to an herbicide made by the Monsanto Corporation. It sometimes also goes by the name glyphosate, because that is the main component in Roundup. It is this dangerous chemical that has now linked to cancer in several studies done between 2003 and 2015. In spite of the alleged cancer risk, Monsanto is still selling the product without making any changes to it. This has led to several lawsuits being filed against the company.
If you or a loved one has been injured by using Roundup, or any other products containing glyphosate manufactured and distributed by Monsanto, you need to speak to a personal injury lawyer. Manufacturers can be held liable if their products cause sickness or injury.
What Makes Roundup so Dangerous?
The safety of Roundup has been questioned since the 1980s, when the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued warnings that glyphosate, could potentially cause cancer. While the EPA stated later, in 1991, that there was not enough evidence to prove glyphosate as a carcinogen, there have still been several studies indicating that the chemical is not safe for human use.
An American study, done in September 2003, showed that farmers exposed to glyphosate had increased rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is concerning, considering that Roundup is used on 80% of farmland and crops in the United States.
A 2008 study, by a Swedish medical journal, found that exposure to glyphosate doubled a person’s risk of contracting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. And in 2015, the World Health Organization found that glyphosate is likely a carcinogen for humans.
In some countries, such as Canada, the use of Roundup has been banned because it is considered to be so dangerous. Unfortunately, no such ban has been instated in the United States.
Hold Monsanto Liable
As of October 2016, 37 federal lawsuits had already been filed against Monsanto by people who had direct exposure to the herbicide. Since that time, many more have been filed, and the number of lawsuits will likely continue to increase in the coming years.
Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their product is safe to use, and if it poses any risks, they must provide full and fair warning. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable, and be forced to compensate victims. That compensation can include medical bills, loss of income, and the loss of a loved-one’s life.
In 2016, Monsanto tried to block a California decision that would require manufacturers to label all products that contain glyphosate. Fortunately, their attempts failed and the law passed.
Speaking to an Attorney
If you or a loved one has become sick after exposure to Roundup, it’s important that you speak to a North Carolina product liability lawyer in as soon as possible. Going up against such a huge corporation is never easy, and you’ll want an experienced attorney on your side. To get the compensation you deserve, call the Wilmington offices of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Dial (866) 772-9960 today.
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