Posted On February 9, 2021 Personal Injury
In recent years, plaintiffs have filed 125,000 claims alleging that the weedkiller Roundup caused their cancer. Now, thousands of lawsuits are moving forward with trials – and new claims are still being filed. Speak with an experienced Roundup Cancer claim lawyer today about your next steps in getting legal compensation.
On February 3, 2021, Bayer (which acquired Roundup manufacturer Monsanto in September 2016) announced a deal to pay $2 billion to settle future Roundup cancer claims.
Under this agreement, members of the proposed class—consisting of Roundup users who subsequently developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma—could seek settlements of up to $200,000, according to Reuters. The terms of the deal are currently for four years, although it’s possible that the settlement period could be extended.
New claimants should know that they aren’t required to accept a settlement under the class plan and can choose to file an individual claim and proceed to trial if they want to. A Roundup cancer attorney who knows the specifics of your case, including your unique damages, can help you understand these options and determine the best way to move forward with your claim.
Keep in mind that just because the Bayer future settlement agreement period spans four years doesn’t necessarily mean you have four years to take action. Statutes of limitations restrict the amount of time you have to file a claim, often giving you a lot less than four years. The sooner you contact an attorney to get your case started, the better.
More than two years after the first Roundup cancer lawsuit went to trial, pharmaceutical and life science company Bayer was still facing ongoing claims.
A 90-day stay on the lawsuits, intended to allow Bayer more time to settle claims against the company, expired on November 2, 2020, Claims Journal reported. This meant that trials could resume amidst continuing settlement negotiations and mediations, according to Bloomberg Industry Group.
More Roundup lawsuits were still being filed in November 2020, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.
Roundup lawsuits are based on arguments – backed by evidence – that exposure to the glyphosate in Roundup weedkiller products causes cancer. To build a successful claim, your attorney will have to know the details of your cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan.
When you speak to an attorney for the first time about your case, the lawyer will need you to answer some questions, including:
You may not know every detail of the specifics about your cancer, but the more information you can provide, the better an attorney can help you figure out your next steps. Later, your attorney can review your medical records to fill in the gaps.
You can only place the blame for your cancer on Roundup if you were exposed to the chemical. Many of the plaintiffs suing the manufacturer were professional landscapers and agricultural workers who used Roundup on a regular, even daily basis for many years.
However, that doesn’t mean that only people who used the weedkiller professionally are able to pursue a claim. Even as little as 10 days of exposure to glyphosate over the course of a year has been found to double NHL cancer risk, according to some research studies, such as this study published in the International Journal of Cancer.
This means that even homeowners who used Roundup a few times each season of the year may have had significant enough exposure to glyphosate to have developed cancer because of it.
The compensation you receive from a Roundup lawsuit will be based on your damages. Obviously, suffering from cancer at all is a huge harm. However, factors like the extent of your medical bills, the income you have lost while ill, and how severely the cancer has affected your quality of life all matter to your compensation amount.
That’s why an attorney may ask you questions like:
Your lawyer can walk you through the different kinds of damages and help you determine how much compensation you deserve.
Once you’ve reflected on the specifics of your cancer diagnosis, your Roundup exposure, and your damages, it’s time to share that information with a lawyer.
Speaking to an attorney can feel like a big step – and it is, in terms of its importance to pursuing a claim – but it doesn’t have to be daunting. When you call a law firm about a Roundup claim, you’ll talk to a legal professional whose job is to help you.
We’ll answer your questions and tell you what to expect. The conversation won’t cost you anything so contact us today.
Your window to pursue a claim is closing quickly. The first Roundup lawsuit went to trial in August 2018, and some law firms that previously handled these lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer have already stopped accepting new cases.
If you believe there’s any chance that Roundup played a role in your cancer, you must contact a law firm that is still taking on new cases immediately. Once the deadlines to move forward with a claim pass, you may be forever barred from pursuing the compensation you deserve.
If you’re still on the fence, let us ease your mind.