NYC Roundup Weed Killer Attorney
For years, Yolanda Mendoza would strap on a two-gallon backpack of Roundup weed killer and walk around her one-acre property, spraying. She didn’t think that the chemical harmed anything but the unwanted weeds in her yard, until she was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL).
Today, Mendoza is done with chemotherapy and radiation and is in remission. However, she still suffers from nerve damage related to the disease and its aggressive treatment, as well as emotional trauma. After learning that her disease, which almost took her life, was linked to her Roundup use, she has filed a defective product lawsuit against Monsanto, the company that makes and sells Roundup.
The Dangers of Roundup
Mendoza is one of hundreds of people who are suing Monanto after being diagnosed with cancer due to Roundup exposure. Although multiple studies have linked the weed killer with DNA damage and cancer, and although the the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO), has stated that the substance is “probably carcinogenic,” Monsanto still denies the connection between their extremely profitable product and cancer.
Almost 250 million pounds of Roundup are sprayed on lawns, gardens, nurseries, golf courses, driveways, sidewalks, and farms each year. Monsanto insists that their product is safe and that users don’t have to wear masks and gloves. Therefore, thousands of people are exposed to the chemicals in Roundup annually, including:
- Farmer or agricultural worker
- Farm worker or field worker
- Nursery worker
- Anyone who regularly used Round Up
Evidence shows that executives at Monsanto have known about the dangers of Roundup for many of the 40 years that the product has been available. More than that, internal emails and emails with federal regulators show that they attempted to write a white paper that showed their product was safe–and then have the government publish it.
How Roundup Causes Cancer
The active ingredient in Roundup is Glyphosate. This chemical inhibits an enzyme called EPSP synthase, which is vital to a plant’s functioning. Without the enzyme, the plant dies. Currently, Roundup is used on farms that grow genetically modified plants that are immune to glyphosate.
Multiple studies have shown that glyphosate is a carcinogen. Some studies have shown that rats exposed to the chemical are more likely to develop cancer, while others have shown that farm workers who use the chemical are 60 percent more likely to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
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Currently, dozens of lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto by people who have been diagnosed with cancer after the significant use of Roundup. These cancer victims are seeking compensation for their medical costs, their pain and suffering, and their lost wages in addition to punitive damages.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL), lymphoma, bone cancer, or another type of cancer after regularly using Roundup, you may wish to speak with a defective products attorney about your case. At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, our personal injury lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to product liability lawsuits, and we want to hear your story.