Lawyers involved in the Roundup Lawsuits Could Be Close to Reaching Settlement as the Number of Cases Continues to Climb
As far as major lawsuits go, Roundup weedkiller has been the center of a particularly large surge of litigation in the form of thousands of individual cases that allege that the common household herbicide is responsible for severe injury in the form of cancer caused by exposure to its carcinogenic chemicals. As a result of all of these lawsuits regarding the potentially harmful weedkiller, the owner company of the product, Monsanto, and their parent company, Bayer, have had to deal with the fallout in the form of immense payouts to several plaintiffs in landmark cases where they claimed Roundup weedkiller caused their cancer. Recently there has been a large increase in the number of claims made against Bayer and Monsanto according to a mediator for the litigation named Ken Feinberg.
New Roundup Weedkiller Lawsuits
According to the court-appointed mediator for the wave of Roundup weedkiller litigation, Ken Feinberg, the surge in claims concerning Roundup weedkiller injuries has risen to almost double the number disclosed by Bayer. The major pharmaceutical company disclosed that it was facing over 42,000 claims regarding the alleged carcinogenic qualities of their Roundup weedkiller in their third-quarter report. Ken Feinberg actually has said that the number of cases has grown to around 75,000 and maybe more.
In response, the spokesman for Bayer, Chris Loder, has said that Feinberg’s estimates of the number of Roundup weedkiller claims are speculative and that the number of cases reported on a quarterly basis remains significantly below 50,000.
What These New Roundup Claims Mean for Settlements
Bayer does not have a great track record so far with Roundup cases considering that they have had to pay out over 100 million dollars to the plaintiffs of three separate trials. While Bayer is in the process of appealing these cases that they lost, they are still under fire from a number of Roundup cases that are waiting to go on to trial. As a result, Bayer has agreed to give mediation a chance. While several roundup lawsuits are expected to go to trial, Bayer still has to contend with the massive amounts of claims that are accumulating as every day passes. This means that the pressure is on them to reach a deal where they can settle with the enormous amount of claims made against them and control the damage done. However, mediation can be a very complicated process made more difficult by the sheer number of claimants in these circumstances and the past successes of previous plaintiffs in Roundup cancer lawsuits. Only time will tell how this litigation will unfold but regardless of the outcome, Bayer and Monsanto will suffer the consequences of their actions.
Roundup Weedkiller Lawsuits Explained
For those unaware, Roundup weedkiller has become the center of an immense controversy due to the alleged effect it has of contributing to the development of cancer among those exposed to it over long periods of time. No, just because you sprayed some roundup once or came into contact on occasion does not mean that you will develop cancer. Those that have successfully won lawsuits against Bayer and Monsanto over Roundup weedkiller injuries have done so after being exposed to this controversial product over years of regular use and have suffered terribly from cancer as a result.
The Basis of Roundup Weedkiller Product Liability Lawsuits
The lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer over Roundup weedkiller are what are called product liability lawsuits. These lawsuits hold the makers, designers, etc. of products liable for negligent design, manufacturing, or labeling of their product when it injures consumers. In the case of Roundup weedkiller, the lawsuits that have won against Bayer and Monsanto have been about the improper labeling of the product. Since Roundup weedkiller was put on the market with improper caution labeling informing the consumer of potentially dangerous chemicals it may contain, Bayer and Monsanto were found to be negligent and therefore responsible for the injuries caused to the plaintiffs.
Dangerous Ingredients and Roundup Weedkiller
The main reason for all of this controversy is an ingredient in Roundup weedkiller as well as many other herbicides known as glyphosate. This chemical has been linked by several studies to an increase in the chance to develop cancer and is considered by certain institutions such as the CDC as a carcinogen. It is because of this chemical that people exposed to Roundup repeatedly have developed cancer, typically but not limited to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which is a particularly terrible type of cancer.
Can I File a Roundup Weedkiller Product Liability Claim?
Most of the plaintiffs in lawsuits over Roundup weedkiller injuries have a background in landscaping or groundskeeping where they were exposed to the chemical repeatedly over a long period of time. This means as a spray in the air or absorbed directly through the skin. Even those that have tried to protect themselves with masks and gloves have been found to suffer the effects of this product. If you have suffered a documented injury because of a provable repeated use of this product then you may be able to seek restitution for the damages that you sustained. These damages can include the medical bills for the treatment of your injury, the lost earning potential caused by the effects of your injury, the pain and suffering you sustained because of your injury, as well as a myriad of other damages that depend on whatever your circumstances may be.
Contact a Roundup Lawsuit Attorney
If you or a loved one have developed cancer and you believe its cause is linked to Monsanto or Roundup products, do not hesitate to contact Dolman Law Group about a free consultation on your claim. Seeing a lawyer for assistance with a product liability lawsuit can mean the difference when it comes to getting a claim that you can be satisfied with.
Our skilled lawyers have the expertise you will need to secure the settlement that you deserve. Dolman Law has years of experience when it comes to handling product liability claims and ensuring that our clients receive the compensation that they need in order to pay off their medical expenses, lost wages, etc. When you enlist the assistance of Dolman Law you are ensuring that your case gets the small firm attention it deserves with big firm results.
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