After years of claims that it’s product was 100% safe, lawyers are finally making Monsanto pay for damages caused by Roundup exposure.
Roundup, a glyphosate based herbicide is the the worlds most used herbicide.
For years, Monsanto assured its consumers Roundup was safe, but recent court cases suggest otherwise.
Here’s the catch, it is becoming more and more clear that Roundup is not 100% safe.
And if you have been injured by long-term Roundup exposure you may want to find a good lawyer.
After the World Health Organization (WHO) organization classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup as a “probable carcinogen“ in 2015, a flurry of lawsuits have come against Monsanto from teams of lawyers.
In fact over 9,000 lawsuits have been filed in the US, against Monsanto over Roundup exposure. And Lawyers have convinced at least two juries that Monsanto was responsible to the alleged damages cause by Roundup exposure.
If you believe you have been injured by long-term Roundup exposure, you may be entitled to damages. And you will need to find the right attorney to represent you, if you want to go any further.
But before you buy into the hype, you need to take a realistic look, at who is most at risk for the types of disease which appear to be caused by Roundup.
Though the exact mechanisms which appears to cause disease from Roundup exposure are not exactly known. Meta-data studies have found an increased risk of disease in farmers who have applied Roundup for extended periods of time. And there are multiple mechanisms by which glyphosate may have encouraged these problems.
Multiple lawsuits have already been decided by jurors against Monsanto, for its Roundup product. And you may find that you have circumstances similar to the plaintiffs of those cases. Just be sure to do your research and consult several attorneys, before jumping to conclusions.
The most commonly associated disease with Roundup, is non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Many other diseases have been loosely linked to chronic Roundup exposure. Though it appears based on some studies and recently decided court cases, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has a strong link to chronic Roundup exposure.
If you only apply roundup once or twice a year, there isn’t much evidence that suggests you will have developed disease linked to Roundup exposure. On the other hand, those most at risk appear to be farmers, groundskeepers, landscapers, and commercial herbicide applicators.
Due to Monsanto promoting Roundup as such a safe product may have encouraged this problem, and has left many lawyers poised to help the harmed collect damages against the company.
Well, partially because if glyphosate is perceived as safer than it really is, applicators may not take the proper precautions. They may not wash their hands after use, or not wear face masks, eye production or take other precautions to avoid Roundup exposure. And this is a lot of the reason that Monsanto is paying such high damages in the cases determined against it.
Monsanto hyped Roundup as being safe, and the appear to have gone too far. As such many of those applying the Roundup product may not have felt the need to protect themselves.
Here’s the deal, If this applies to you, a lawyer may determine you have probable cause to sue Monsanto for damages.
If you feel like you have developed non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or another illness from chronic Roundup exposure, you may want to team up with a good attorney.
However, when you are looking for representation you will have to decide whether it is better for you to hire a private attorney to represent you, or join a Class Action Lawsuit. This is an article onto itself, and we won’t be able to cover all the pros and cons here.
However, if you want to learn more about the difference between filing on your own with private attorney, and joining a class action lawsuit. I like this article from Personal Injury Law
But, you can learn a bit by continuing to read here….
Hiring an attorney to represent you over Roundup exposure priva
tely may result in hire judgements in your favors, but it may also result in bigger bills and headaches. It is a good idea to research the pros and cons of filing alone vs. joining a class action lawsuit.
Here are some pros and cons to hiring a private attorney to represent you for Roundup exposure.
Chance of higher reward. If you were heavily damaged, by what you believe was caused by Roundup exposure. Filing alone, may result in you getting the share you are entitled to. Where on the other hand, the class action may have resulted in you getting paid the same as folks with less damages than you.
Higher Liability. If you file independently, you are taking on a lot of work for yourself. You will have to file much more paperwork, and possibly owe more for legal expenses. It can be a much bigger risk to represent yourself. But you may also find a lawyer who is willing to work pro-bono. This will still cost you time, but may alleviate your financial risk.
If you are looking for an alternative to hiring a private attorney, whether it is because it will take to much work, or cost too much money, you may want to consider joining a class action lawsuit.
Less Legal Headache. If you have been damaged by what you believe was glyphosate exposure, and you don;t have time to go back and forth to court all the time, the Class Action Lawsuit may be your best bet. Just file the paperwork, and wait. You may have to prove things along the way, but it will likley be far less work than hiring your own attorney.
Rewards for Minimal Damages or Damages with Little Sustaining Evidence. If you are an individual that may have been caused harm from Roundup exposure, but your damages were not very severe. Or if the type of injury you received may be hard to prove, the class action lawsuit may be for you.
Not Receiving Maximum Damages By joining a class action you are likley limiting how much money you will receive for damages. Whether you were damages greatly by Roundup, or only slightly, the reward is the same. Joining a class action lawsuit may result in far less damages than you would receive with a private lawyer.
This can be tough to determine. You should think about it hard, and come to the best informed decision you can. You may start by interviewing attorneys and law firms. If you need help fining the right attorney, check out our 7 Steps to Hiring the Right Attorney.
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