Pennsylvania Roundup Lawsuit Lawyers
Roundup—and its main active ingredient, glyphosate, has been a popular subject in the medical and legal fields for close to a decade. People use the highly popular herbicide worldwide to kill weeds during crop production and landscaping.
Court cases and scientific evidence, however, have tied Roundup to many health problems, especially non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers, in the people who used it or lived near where others sprayed it.
If you used Roundup or lived near places where others used it and developed cancer, you may secure compensation from the manufacturer.
The Levin Firm is accepting Roundup cancer cases right now from people who live throughout Pennsylvania. Our Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyers have the experience and resources you need to secure the compensation you deserve to help pay for your treatment costs, pain, and suffering. Call us today for your free claim evaluation, and we’ll see how we can help you.
Table of Contents
- How The Levin Firm Help with Your Case
- Damages You Can Recover From a Roundup Lawsuit
- How Much Money Will Receive in a Case Against Bayer and Monsanto?
- What Counties in Pennsylvania Use Roundup?
- Legal Claims Against Roundup
- How Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
- How To File a Roundup Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
- How Can To Afford a Pennsylvania Roundup Lawsuit Lawyer
How Can The Levin Firm Help with My Case?
When you choose to work with The Levin Firm, you access a skilled team of personal injury lawyers who know what they’re doing and can navigate the intricacies and details of your case. We’ll work with you to fully understand the background of your case, your medical condition, and the losses you have suffered from your exposure to Roundup.
Our team can:
- Gather all pertinent evidence to support your case
- Consult medical experts and industry professionals about the risk of glyphosate
- Speak with your medical team regarding your condition and expected prognosis
- Tally your economic and non-economic damages
- Negotiate a potential settlement with Bayer
- Organize all of your casework and filings
- Act as your representative if the case should go to court
- Manage communications in all regards, including with Bayer’s legal team
- Update you on the status of your case
As professionals with a long history of experience in personal and product liability law, we are a team that you can count on every step of the way.
What Damages Can I Recover From a Lawsuit Against Bayer for Injury from Roundup?
Pennsylvania law allows for economic, non-economic, and punitive damages in personal injury lawsuits. Definitions of the damages and what they may consist of follow.
Economic damages may include:
- Costs associated with medical care, including doctor’s visits, lab tests, hospitalizations, medications, and other treatments
- Lost income attributed to the medical condition, including wages, bonuses, employee benefits including vacation time, and contract or business earnings
- Damages for lost potential earnings if the condition prevents you from working at your standard capacity
- Specific medical devices that are required to help treat or cope with your condition, including walkers, wheelchairs, medical equipment for your home, or any other similar device
Additionally, the executor may obtain compensation for funeral and burial costs in a wrongful death case.
When filing a lawsuit against Bayer due to injuries sustained from exposure to Roundup, it’s essential to fully assess the costs you incurred due to your medical condition.
Receipts and purchase invoices don’t account for non-economic damages. Instead, these damages go to individuals for the emotional and physical difficulties they encountered from cancer (or another medical condition) caused by Roundup exposure.
Common non-economic damages awarded include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Suppose that an executor of the estate files the case for someone who passed away due to their medical condition incurred due to exposure to Roundup. In that case, you may obtain additional non-economic damages like loss of consortium or parental guidance.
If the court finds that Bayer or Monsanto acted out of extreme negligence or malice with Roundup, a judge may award punitive damages.
How Much Money May I Receive if I Win My Case Against Bayer and Monsanto?
The court will calculate the value of your damages based on several factors. These include:
- The severity of your medical condition
- Length of time you used Roundup
- Amount of your exposure to Roundup
- Whether you can work
- Whether you will fully recover from your medical condition
- Amount of money you have spent on medical bills
- Whether you have lost income as a result of your medical condition
To learn more about how much compensation you may qualify for, call us for a consultation with a Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyer at The Levin Firm.
If you win your case against Bayer and Monsanto, you may recover a lump sum or a series of structured payments.
How Could I Have Been Exposed to Glyphosate?
Working in positions that involve consistent contact with plants may increase your risk of exposure to glyphosate. For example, people who work in the agricultural or landscaping industries commonly use Roundup or other herbicides that contain glyphosate. You may also use glyphosate to kill weeds in your garden or lawn.
Individuals exposed to glyphosate may absorb it through their skin, eyes, or lungs. If people spray glyphosate in windy conditions, they can inhale it. Avoid breathing glyphosate and wash your hands thoroughly after using Roundup or after touching plants or items contaminated with the chemical.
What Counties in Pennsylvania Use Roundup?
Anyone living in Pennsylvania may use Roundup in commercial or personal settings. However, you are more likely to be exposed to significant amounts of Roundup and its prominent ingredient glyphosate in rural areas with a lot of agricultural farming.
The largest rural counties in Pennsylvania are:
Anyone living in these counties or regularly working within them should be aware of the potential for long-term glyphosate exposure. Get a complete physician’s checkup, especially if you are experiencing any signs of a new medical condition.
If you work for a company that uses Roundup, you can mitigate your risk of long-term complications. Notify your employer of your concerns about the use of Roundup, the potential for medical complications, and studies that have found it to be a potential cause of cancer.
Your employer may be able to find ways to get rid of weeds without Roundup. If they cannot, they should provide you with effective safety equipment if you must use Roundup.
Those who are very worried about prior exposure to Roundup should seek the advice of a medical professional. They may recommend regular checkups to assess your health, especially if you have had extensive exposure to the herbicide. In the future, make sure to take precautions to limit significant exposure to glyphosate.
Legal Claims Against Roundup
Glyphosate has been available since the 1970s, and Roundup was manufactured by Monsanto before Bayer, a German multinational company, acquired it.
In 2015, the WHO issued a groundbreaking report indicating that glyphosate was likely carcinogenic to humans. Based on various studies conducted in the United States, Canada, and Sweden, the WHO felt that enough evidence was available to confirm glyphosate’s possible toxicity.
In addition, the WHO found that there was convincing evidence that glyphosate causes cancer in laboratory animals.
At the time of the report, Roundup had the highest production level worldwide for herbicides. It is used in various settings, including with genetically modified crops and for public and private landscaping. The findings shook the agricultural industry and the company itself, which immediately filed for a retraction of the report.
In 2018, among hundreds of other lawsuits filed against Monsanto alleging that Roundup had caused cancer, Dewayne Johnson prevailed against the company, winning a $289 million verdict in San Francisco, California.
As a groundskeeping manager for a San Francisco school district, Johnson regularly sprayed Roundup and a similar product called Ranger Pro to prevent weeds from growing. His job required significant product usage, and Johnson frequently sprayed the grounds with Roundup contained in a 50-gallon tank.
During the trial, he described how Roundup would sometimes cover his face during windy days and how he developed a rash and contacted the company because he believed Roundup may have caused it. Johnson eventually developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, in 2014.
An appeal reduced the $289 million to $20.5 million. Monsanto and Bayer have elected not to appeal the case further. The court indicated in its findings that considerable evidence supported allegations that glyphosate causes cancer.
Bayer continues to fight numerous claims across the country that allege Roundup causes cancer, and the company may pay up to $10.9 billion to settle outstanding cases.
If you have been exposed to Roundup in Pennsylvania and believe that your exposure has led to a medical condition, contact The Levin Firm to schedule a consultation with a Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyer.
Does Glyphosate Cause Cancer?
There are differing viewpoints on whether glyphosate causes cancer. The WHO indicated in 2015 that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans.
However, the debate continues, and further studies have expressed concern about glyphosate residue in the food and water supply. The steady stream of lawsuits alleging cancer caused by exposure to Roundup has also continued, with new cases cropping up regularly.
Those who have experienced frequent exposure to Roundup through their everyday activities or at work and developed cancer or certain other medical conditions should contact The Levin Firm to speak with a Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyer.
How Does Roundup Cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Studies that have considered the impact of glyphosate on the body have found that cumulative excess exposure to the chemical may increase the risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by up to 41 percent.
Individuals who regularly use Roundup due to their work responsibilities or on their personal property for landscaping purposes are most likely exposed to glyphosate. The risks increase with prolonged exposure.
Remember that glyphosate may be found residually in the food and water supply and in commercial areas that regularly use the weed killer.
Workers who may have the most significant potential for prolonged exposure to Roundup include:
- Agricultural workers or farmers
- Nursery employees
Even if you work outside of these industries, if you have developed a medical condition attributed to prolonged and excessive exposure to glyphosate or Roundup, schedule an appointment at The Levin Firm with a Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyer.
What Is Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma begins in the body’s lymphatic system, which is a part of the immune system. The lymphatic system helps to fight infections and diseases. It also helps to move fluids and nutrients through the body.
When lymphoma develops, it typically begins in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, thymus, adenoids, or digestive tract.
There are two main types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma: B-cell and T-cell. A B-cell lymphoma affects the B cells, which usually protect the body from bacteria or viruses and help make proteins known as antibodies. T-cells help destroy germs and abnormal cells in the body and may boost the activity of other immune system cells.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is further categorized by how quickly it grows. Indolent lymphomas grow very slowly and may not require any initial treatment. They are customarily watched over time to determine whether they are becoming cancerous.
In contrast, aggressive lymphoma spreads quickly and needs immediate treatment.
If non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma remains untreated, it may spread to other body parts, such as the liver, brain, or bone marrow.
The Mayo Clinic lists the following subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma:
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Cutaneous B-cell lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
- Follicular lymphoma
- Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia
All of these subtypes affect the body in different ways.
What Are the Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
There are several symptoms associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. If you are experiencing any of them, it’s essential to speak with a doctor as soon as possible to obtain treatment. The sooner you get treatment, the more likely you may recover from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Avoiding treatment can be fatal.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, or groin area
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Coughing or trouble breathing
- Persistent fatigue
- Night sweats
- Chest pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Unexplained weight loss
If you’re seeing signs of declining health and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma symptoms, make an appointment right away with a physician.
What Increases the Risk of Developing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
The Mayo Clinic has identified several risk factors for contracting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
- Infections due to certain viruses, such as HIV and Epstein-Barr
- Infections due to Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that causes stomach ulcers
- Exposure to chemicals used in weed killers, such as glyphosate
- Being over 60 years old
Finally, medications designed to suppress the immune system, such as those used after an organ transplant or for autoimmune diseases like lupus, psoriasis, or rheumatoid arthritis, may also increase the risk of developing this cancer.
A combination of any of these factors may potentially increase the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Can Roundup Cause Other Medical Conditions?
So far, current lawsuits against Roundup have attempted to tie the weed killer to its potential significant risk for cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, other studies have highlighted the other effects of Roundup and glyphosate on the body. A few of these follow.
Cell-cycle dysregulation leads to tumors and cancers. Even at levels less than what is available in herbicides or pesticides, the use or exposure to glyphosate may lead to damaged placental cells within 18 hours of exposure.
In addition, a separate study in Toxicology found damage to the liver cells, which can potentially impact the endocrine system.
Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free radicals and the body’s ability to repair the damage done by free radicals. In addition to being associated with cancer, oxidative stress may lead to other chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Numerous animal studies performed have found a direct link between glyphosate and birth defects. These studies were conducted on bullfrog tadpoles, rats, chickens, and frogs. Birth defects included damaged DNA, deformities to the animal’s body, delayed development, and abnormal sex organs.
Problems With the Gut Microbiome
Studies conducted on horses, cows, and chickens found that the animals experienced disruptions to their gut microbiomes due to exposure to glyphosate. Exposed animals showed suppression of certain enzymes and amino acids.
The study led academics to conclude that glyphosate may lead to an increased chance of certain diseases in the gut in humans, such as celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
Kidney and Liver Issues
Finally, a study found that numerous individuals experienced kidney failure due to being exposed to glyphosate. Another study found that exposure to herbicides led to kidney and liver damage in rats. That study indicated that consistent exposure to glyphosate might cause the same problems in humans.
While no regulatory agencies have addressed the impact that glyphosate may have on other body systems, it is crucial to get checked out by a doctor if you have been exposed to glyphosate and are experiencing the symptoms of a medical condition.
Then, contact The Levin Firm to speak with a Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyer for legal assistance.
Can I File a Roundup Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
If you believe that you or a loved one were exposed to Roundup and this exposure has resulted in cancer or another illness, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the owners of Roundup. In Pennsylvania, the law provides for the following parties to bring a suit against the company:
The person who has suffered an injury from Roundup may file a lawsuit against the company. The injury may be cancer or another ailment.
If the person initially affected by Roundup has passed away due to their medical condition, Pennsylvania allows for the executor or administrator of the estate to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Roundup’s owners.
To speak with a Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyer, contact The Levin Firm today.
What Will I Need to File a Lawsuit Against Roundup’s Owners?
Roundup is a product developed by Monsanto, and Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018. To file a lawsuit against Bayer claiming injury due to the use of or exposure to Roundup, you’ll need sufficient evidence to prove your claim. Appropriate evidence to prove your case should include all of the following:
Medical records provided by your treating physician that show your current diagnosis, the symptoms you have experienced, your prognosis for recovery, and all of the treatments you are currently undergoing (or have undergone) will play a significant role in your case.
Your doctor’s testimony can be tremendously helpful. They may initially provide a written statement discussing your medical condition and indicate its probable cause and level of severity. Your doctor should also demonstrate the symptoms you are experiencing and how they relate to Roundup.
Evidence of Roundup Use
You must have proof of your Roundup usage for the case to proceed. Ways that you can prove that you used Roundup over time include receipts showing that you purchased Roundup, pictures of Roundup containers that were taken at different time intervals, or confirmation from your current or previous employer.
Expenses Associated With Your Injury
You should have documented evidence of the costs associated with your medical condition that developed because of exposure to Roundup. Fees can include medical bills, time spent away from work, loss of income, and other expenses you incurred.
Any other documentation related to your exposure to Roundup would be helpful. A Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyer at The Levin Firm can help you assemble your evidence effectively.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit Against Monsanto and Bayer in Pennsylvania?
Every state has statutes of limitations that determine how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is two years for personal injury lawsuits. However, the state has also implemented a discovery rule. This rule prevents the statute of limitations from starting until the individual can reasonably ascertain a wrongful act injured them.
The discovery rule pauses the clock on the statute of limitations until a physician has diagnosed the individual with a medical condition related to the use of Roundup.
If your last use of Roundup was more than two years ago, but you did not discover that you developed cancer or another medical ailment due to your exposure until some time in the last two years, you may still file a lawsuit. Speak to a Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyer at The Levin Firm to determine whether you qualify.
If you are the executor of an estate for someone who passed away due to their exposure to Roundup, the same two-year statute of limitations applies.
How Will I File My Case Against Monsanto and Bayer?
Cases against the makers of Roundup are filed at the state and federal levels, not in local courts. Thus, it’s essential to work with a Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyer who knows the filing process for both state and federal lawsuits.
At The Levin Firm, we have a qualified team who can assist you and follow the proper filing procedures.
Are There Many Cases About Roundup Currently Open?
There are thousands of cases in the United States concerning Roundup and its potential to lead to medical conditions such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Recently, Bayer has sought action from the Supreme Court, asking it to review the most recent cases. The company believes that the EPA’s studies concerning the safety of glyphosate are enough to overturn other cases that have led to significant settlements for the plaintiffs.
The current U.S. Solicitor General, Elizabeth Prelogar, has asked the Supreme Court not to review the glyphosate and Roundup cases.
The agricultural industry, including such groups as the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Corn Growers Association, has strongly advocated for the Supreme Court to review the case.
As it stands, Bayer and its subsidiary Monsanto have settled thousands of lawsuits with plaintiffs with cancer or other conditions from their exposure to Roundup.
Is Roundup Banned?
Certain states and localities have banned Roundup. However, states that rely heavily on agriculture have not legislated against it. Pennsylvania is one of those states. No laws currently prohibit Roundup in any location in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania is well-known for producing corn, soybeans, apples, wheat, peaches, and pumpkins.
In 2021 alone, the dollar value of its major crops equaled:
- Corn: Over $1 billion
- Soybeans: $382 million
- Apples: $130 million
- Wheat: $104 million
- Peaches: $26 million
- Pumpkins: $22 million
As you can imagine, most of these crops were grown with the assistance of an herbicide such as Roundup.
If cases continue to build against glyphosate, states may find they need to take more action to ban Roundup or use other weed-prevention methods.
What Should I Do if I Developed a Condition Due to Roundup Exposure?
If you developed cancer or another condition from using Roundup, you need to decide whether you want to file a suit against the herbicide producers.
Scheduling a consultation with a Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyer at The Levin Firm can help you determine the most appropriate path for you. In the meantime, make sure to do the following:
Meet With Your Physician
You’re likely already seeing your doctor regularly for treatment plans. Continue doing so, and ask for copies of your medical records related to your diagnosis and ongoing treatment. You can provide copies of these to your lawyer so they’ll be better able to assess your case.
Assemble Your Expenses
Thoroughly document any expense you’ve incurred due to your exposure to Roundup and succeeding medical conditions. Save records of medical bills, loss of income, time off work, or other expenses. In addition, track how you’re feeling daily in a journal.
Follow Your Treatment to the Letter
Make sure that you attend every appointment, take your medication as required, and follow the designated treatment plan.
Keep Your Activities Private
Don’t post anything online about your case status. It’s better to limit social media postings. If someone you don’t know sends you a friend request, don’t accept it. Avoid private messages that discuss the case.
Ensure that you keep anything that might affect your case. Document conversations with your doctor or employer regarding Roundup and your exposure.
How Can I Afford a Pennsylvania Roundup Lawsuit Lawyer?
You’ll meet with one of our skilled Pennsylvania Roundup lawsuit lawyers for a free consultation to begin the process. Before your arrival, gather organized details regarding your case, including medical records and any evidence of your Roundup exposure.
After listening to the facts of your case, we’ll decide whether we can move the case forward. If we can, you will pay us nothing unless we obtain a settlement or verdict in your favor. If we succeed, you will only pay a percentage of your settlement or verdict to us for our services.
If you’re ready to fight back against Bayer, look no further than The Levin Firm. We’re prepared to assist you when you are ready! Contact us for your free consultation today by calling (215) 825-5183.
“The Levin Firm went above and beyond to help me out. They helped guide me in my case and I am so grateful for their kindness and concern with my overall well-being and the case. Thank you so much!”
Rating: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Read more reviews on Google!
The Levin Firm
1500 John F Kennedy Blvd #620
Philadelphia, PA 19102