If you or a member of your family was diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to Roundup weed killer, you may be entitled to compensation. First sold in the 1970s, Roundup has been one of the world’s most popular herbicides for decades, but researchers have recently discovered that one of its primary ingredients, glyphosate, is a likely carcinogen. Over time, exposure to glyphosate may lead to the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other kinds of cancer.
Earlier this year, a jury awarded one man $80 million in a lawsuit that alleged exposure to Roundup was the cause of his cancer. Although Monsanto said it will file an appeal, other cancer patients are hopeful the case has paved the way for settlements and verdicts in their favor.
While no amount of money can restore your health upon receiving a cancer diagnosis, a financial recovery may allow you to get the best treatment possible. It could also protect your family’s financial security.
Below are a few steps you can take to give your case the best possible chance of success:
1. Document Everything
You will need strong evidence of liability in order to win a settlement or verdict. Below are a few examples of evidence your lawyer may use to build your claim:
• Medical records;
• The results of diagnostic tests;
• Statements from your primary care physician;
• Testimony from oncologists who specialize in treating the particular kind of cancer you have;
• Receipts and other proof of purchase for the weed killer you were exposed to; and
• Any open or unused bottles of weed killer you’ve been storing from season to season.
2. Track Damages
Cancer treatment comes with both direct and indirect costs. To recover compensation for your damages, you will need evidence to prove the kinds of damages incurred and their value. Such evidence may include:
• Hospital bills;
• Paystubs, contracts, and tax returns to prove lost income;
• Invoices for home care;
• Receipts for other necessary expenses like child care, alternative transportation, and domestic help;
• Journal entries detailing medication side effects and the adversity you’ve faced as a result of the cancer; and
• Expert witness deposition.
3. Seek Legal Counsel
Monsanto has already said they’re going to appeal two of the biggest verdicts that have been awarded against them, and you can bet the company will challenge any new claims that come their way. To level the playing field, it’s important that you consult a well-credentialed personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can compile evidence, take over correspondence with the opposing parties, and fight for the highest settlement possible.
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If you think you have grounds for a claim against Monsanto following a cancer diagnosis, contact Bradshaw & Bryant. Our lawyers are well-versed in the case law, statutes, and procedures pertaining to these cases. Call 800-770-7008 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Minneapolis.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.