Upon receiving a serious medical diagnosis, it’s natural to invest a considerable amount of time into learning about the condition, its potential causes, and the likely course of treatment. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you may have come across articles about Monsanto’s Roundup Weed & Grass Killer.
Roundup is a glyphosate herbicide that the World Health Organization has deemed a probable human carcinogen. As such, those who are exposed to it may be at a higher risk of developing certain kinds of cancer.
Whether you have grounds for a claim against Monsanto following a cancer diagnosis depends on a variety of factors. Since every case is different, it is wise to discuss your situation with a seasoned personal injury attorney. Fortunately, most injury lawyers offer free consultations, so you won’t have to pay anything to get the advice you need.
Below are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine if your case has merit:
1. Did you use Roundup or another herbicide that was manufactured by Monsanto and contained glyphosate?
You won’t have grounds for a product liability claim unless you were actually exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup. If you did not use Roundup specifically, you may still have a case if you used another product that contained glyphosate, which is a non-selective herbicide commonly found in weed killers.
2. Were you exposed to Roundup for at least eight hours per year for at least two years?
For your claim to be successful, it must be shown that you were exposed to the weed killer for at least 16 hours over the course of two years. If you applied Roundup for at least eight hours one year and eight hours the next and you were later diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you may be entitled to damages.
3. Were you diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
Your medical records will serve as critical evidence to strengthen your case. Specifically, your lawyer may use the following to support your claim:
• The results of any diagnostic tests;
• Deposition from your primary care provider; and
• Deposition from oncologists who specialize in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
4. Were you diagnosed at least two years after your first exposure to Roundup?
Cancer typically takes a while to develop following exposure to a carcinogen. In other words, if you first used Roundup this spring and you were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma this summer, you might not have grounds for a claim against Monsanto.
5. Before being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, were you:
• Exposed to Agent Orange;
• Diagnosed with HIV/AIDS or another autoimmune disorder; or
• Treated with radiation or chemotherapy?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you may not have grounds for a lawsuit against Monsanto.
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