Roundup is the most widely used weedkiller in the world. Over the last three (3) decades, the number of people who use the product has multiplied by more than fifteen. This is partly because so many crops have become designated as Roundup Ready.
But there are still millions of homeowners who use the product in their yards. The product was advertised as safe for both humans and animals. People had no reason to think the weedkiller could harm or even kill them.
Over time, people who used Roundup started to get sick – really sick. Experts started to investigate the chemicals used in the weedkiller and found that it may cause non-Hodgkins lymphoma. As a result, people diagnosed with the illness started filing lawsuits against the company who manufactures Roundup – Monsanto.
In 2018, shortly before the first Roundup lawsuit trial concluded, Monsanto was purchased by Bayer. They paid $63 billion dollars for Monsanto who was struggling at the time. They had no idea what they had gotten themselves into. Many have questioned whether they would have bought the company had they any idea how many lawsuits would be filed against them for damage caused by Roundup.
To date, more than 125,000 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer. Almost all of these cases are based on a claim that Roundup causes cancer. Finally, there is rumored to be a pending settlement in the matter. And, while the settlement is still waiting for a judge to approve it, many agree that a resolution of the class action lawsuits is imminent. This begs the question – is it too late for you to join this class action? Contact our experienced injury attorneys today for more information.
Any Plaintiff in the Roundup Litigation Must Meet the Statute of Limitations
In order to sue anybody, you need to meet a certain deadline. This deadline is imposed by something called the statute of limitations. This statute outlines how long a person has to file suit against someone for a personal injury. The amount of time you have is different from state to state. However, most states give you anywhere from two (2) to four (4) years to do so. In Maine, you actually have six (6) years to file suit. Plaintiffs in Arkansas have three (3) years to file suit against defendants such as Bayer.
The good news is that your personal injury lawyer in Arkansas is well aware of this. They will make sure your claim is filed on time. And, they’ll work hard to settle your claim so there’s no need to go to trial. For the Roundup cases, they are part of a class action. This means that, in order to settle one claim, Arkansas injury attorneys need to settle all of them.
Why Would it Take You This Long to File Suit Against Bayer?
As mentioned above, there have already been more than 125,000 cases filed against Bayer for harm caused by their popular weedkiller. These cases are based on the fact that the active ingredient in Roundup – glyphosate – causes cancer. Specifically, the injury lawyers in Arkansas handling these cases allege that it causes non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
In order to win any damages in your lawsuit, your attorney has to do two things. First, they need to show that the defendant’s product is dangerous. They do this by proving negligence. They also need to prove that you have cancer that Roundup more than likely caused your cancer. So far, there have only been three (3) trials in the Roundup cases. The first one concluded on August 10, 2018. In that case, a man who worked as a groundskeeper at a school in California had developed cancer and was dying. He won his case and was awarded $289 million dollars. His judgment was later reduced to include only $78 million in punitive damages.
For some people, it can take years to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma, or any other cancer. The statute of limitations period typically starts on the day you became exposed to Roundup’s dangerous chemicals. However, attorneys in the class action lawsuit are arguing that the clock should not start ticking until the date of the first trial verdict.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Northwest Arkansas
If you believe you or your loved one have become sick after using Roundup, call our office right away. You’ll want an experienced personal injury attorney in Arkansas by your side. This gives you the best chance of recovering damages. Call our firm today and schedule your free initial consultation.