In recent years, a growing number of lawsuits have been filed across the United States, including Louisiana, against the popular weed killer Roundup. These lawsuits claim that Roundup, produced by Monsanto, a subsidiary of Bayer AG, may be linked to the development of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). With concerns surrounding the safety of this widely used herbicide, it is essential to take a closer look at Roundup and the potential health risks associated with its use.
What is Roundup?
Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide, has been on the market since the 1970s. It is primarily used to eliminate unwanted weeds and grasses in residential, agricultural, and industrial settings. Its effectiveness and affordability have made it a go-to choice for many landscapers, farmers, and homeowners.
However, the safety of Roundup has come under scrutiny due to its main active ingredient, glyphosate. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015. This classification sparked a wave of concern among users and prompted lawsuits against Monsanto.
What is Non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system, a vital part of the body’s immune system. Common symptoms include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Weight loss
- Fatigue (feeling very tired)
- Swollen abdomen (belly)
- Feeling full after only a small amount of food
- Chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath or cough
- Severe or frequent infections
- Easy bruising or bleeding
While the exact causes of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma are still being studied, exposure to certain chemicals and toxins, such as glyphosate, may increase the risk of developing this type of cancer.
Thousands of individuals from Louisiana and across the country have since filed their own Roundup lawsuits, claiming that glyphosate exposure caused their Non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other serious health issues. These lawsuits argue that Monsanto failed to adequately warn users about the potential risks associated with Roundup and did not provide proper safety instructions.
Qualifying for a Roundup Lawsuit
You may be entitled to financial compensation through a lawsuit if you used or were exposed to Roundup in Louisiana and have been diagnosed with one of the following cancers:
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Lymphocytic lymphoma
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- B-Cell lymphoma
- T-Cell lymphoma
- Hairy cell leukemia
- Small lymphocytic lymphoma
- Mantle cell lymphoma
- Chromosomal damage
- Other cancers