Pesticides are toxic products, meaning they can be potentially hazardous to human beings, animals, other organisms, and the environment. Pesticide poisoning is a generally underdiagnosed illness, but the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that because synthetic pesticides are often used in agriculture to control harmful pests and prevent crop yield losses or product damage, it is farmers who are often among the most frequent victims and anybody who suffers a pesticide or chemical exposure illness should contact a San Francisco Roundup attorney.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that glyphosate had been the most widely used herbicide in the United States since 2001, and crop producers may spray entire fields planted with genetically engineered, glyphosate-tolerant (GT) seed varieties, which kills weeds but not crops. Glyphosate is known by several trade names, including Roundup, which Monsanto first developed in the 1970s, saw a 20 percent increase in sales every year between 1990 and 1996, and is now used in more than 160 countries.
Types of Roundup Diseases
When Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018, the company agreed two years later to pay over $10 billion in an effort to end the tens of thousands of lawsuits filed regarding the Roundup weedkiller. One year before that decision, an Alameda County, California, jury awarded a couple $1 billion each in punitive damages and $55 million in collective compensatory damages, a San Francisco jury gave $80 million to a man claiming his cancer was caused by Roundup, and in August 2018, another San Francisco jury awarded $289 million to another person.
Roundup has been blamed for various forms of cancer, including:
- B-cell Lymphoma
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)
- Follicular lymphoma
- Hairy cell leukemia (HCL)
- Mantle cell lymphoma
- Marginal zone B-cell lymphomas
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTC)
- Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)
- T-cell Lymphoma
Roundup claims often involve claims of strict liability, willful negligence, or breach of implied warranty. The allegations usually center on Roundup being a defective product because of its danger and that the product should be less hazardous.
A Roundup claim could be alleging a design, marketing, or manufacturing defect, and such cases often require a person to prove that there was a foreseeable risk to a product when it was being manufactured. Strict liability claims involve simply proving that a product has a recognizable defect and that defect resulted in actual injuries or harm.
Willful negligence claims involve conduct that deliberately disregards the health, safety, and welfare of another person. A breach of implied warranty involves a violation of an express or implied contract of warranty that occurs when a warrantor does not provide the assurance that is warranted.
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Have you been diagnosed with some kind of disease after using a pesticide or chemical such as Roundup in the San Francisco area? You will want to have The Cartwright Law Firm on your side because our firm knows how to handle these cases and secure financial compensation for our clients.
We know the terrible toll that many of the diseases caused by Roundup can take on everyday people, and we work hard to make sure that victims are able to get some measure of justice. Call (415) 433-0444 or contact us online to arrange a free case review so we can really dig into the details of your case and outline what you can do moving forward.