What Is The Average Payout For A Roundup Lawsuit?
In June 2020, Bayer AG, the manufacturer of Roundup weedkiller, agreed to pay more than $10 billion to approximately 125,000 injured parties to settle injury allegations. The company has reserved an additional $1.25 billion to settle anticipated future cases. Roundup claims continue to form as more injured parties seek compensation for damage to their health or the loss of a loved one.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another form of cancer that can be traced back to the use of Roundup, our team will help you explore your compensation options. While the average payout for a Roundup lawsuit is currently unclear, we can calculate your financial damages and help you join the mass tort case. You have a right to seek your share of any upcoming settlements.
How Is My Own Damage Award Calculated?
Glyphosate – the cancer-causing ingredient in the popular weedkiller, Roundup has been connected with the development of several types of cancer. If you were exposed to the weedkiller, you can join others who suffered exposure in seeking compensation from its manufacturer.
Because multiple people are suing the same defendant, multidistrict litigation (MDL) is underway. As part of preparing your case to join thousands of others, your mass tort lawyer will help you understand how your specific damages will be calculated based on these factors:
- The type of cancer you were diagnosed with
- Your known and anticipated treatment costs
- Your physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Income loss related to your diagnosis and recovery
- The jury’s decision on awarding punitive damages
Similarly, the loss of a loved one entitles certain surviving family members to seek compensation. Your lawyer will explain which family members could recover these damages, what they include, and how they are calculated.
Injuries You Suffered
A recent study in Mutation Research showed that exposure to Roundup weedkiller increases the risk of developing Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by as much as 41%. In addition, according to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen that can lead to the following types of cancer:
- Liver cancer
- Breast cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Myeloid leukemia
Because direct and indirect exposure can pose a health risk, people of all ages could develop Roundup-related cancer. Those who receive a diagnosis face physical, emotional, and financial damages, as treating cancer can be a prolonged and financially draining process. According to Mayo Clinic research, cancer treatment plans might include:
- Physical tests and exams
- Blood and laboratory tests
- Hospitalizations and surgery
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Chemotherapy and hormone therapy
- Radiation and target drug therapy
- Hospice and end-of-life care
The treatment you undergo will depend on the type of cancer you are diagnosed with, the stage at which your cancer is detected, and your anticipated prognosis. Your health care team will help you make the best decision for your immediate and future health care. Meanwhile, your legal team will help you seek financial recovery for the cost of your current and future medical care if Roundup caused the cancer.
Income/Wages You Lost
Not only is cancer treatment expensive, but it can also prevent you from going to work, significantly decreasing your income or stopping it altogether. The total amount of lost income you sustain will depend on:
- Your normal and anticipated salary
- The extent of your treatment plan
- The time it takes you to recover
- Your resulting physical limitations
Your legal team will use your medical records to prove the cancer treatment’s impact on your ability to work. They will also use your salary history, business records, tax records, and other financial data to prove the income you would have earned if your diagnosis had not kept you from working. Lost wages and income can include money you would otherwise have earned from:
- Full-time employment
- Part-time employment
- Gig-economy employment
- Loss of unemployment benefits
- Full or partial business ownership
It can be difficult to assess the scope of your income loss accurately on your own. Instead, you can review the overall value of your lost income with the legal team that handles your case. Your lawsuit lawyer can ensure the case reflects your lost income to date. They can also accurately estimate the income you will lose in the future and any loss of future earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages in a product liability case are intended to compensate you for the physical, mental, and emotional trauma you endure. The amount will vary according to the depth and intensity of your injuries.
Including compensation for your pain and suffering is an important part of a Roundup cancer lawsuit, but it can be hard to calculate on your own. Because it covers an intangible expense, it helps to have an attorney explain the way these damages are estimated and assign a fair and accurate value to yours.
Estimating the financial value of both current and future pain and suffering is complex. It can include:
- The physical pain and discomfort of your illness
- The physical pain and discomfort of required treatment
- The emotional anguish and agony of your diagnosis
- The emotional grief and sorrow of losing a loved one
The non-economic damages portion of Roundup lawsuits includes pain and suffering for a reason. In addition to the physical toll of a cancer diagnosis, pain and suffering can include the inability to engage in preferred activities and events.
When you are injured because of another person or entity’s actions, you are legally entitled to seek compensation for two types of recoverable damages. Economic damages are those that cost money or cause you to lose money. They typically include medical bills and loss of income.
You are also entitled to request non-economic damages, which include intangible damages that do not have receipts or other documentation like economic damages. Non-economic damages typically include physical pain and suffering and mental and emotional distress.
In some cases, you might also receive a third form of compensation, called punitive damages. Punitive damages are rare and are only awarded by a jury that deems the at-fault party’s actions egregious or intentional. Their role is to penalize for gross negligence and make an example of the defendant to discourage similar actions in the future.
The law firm that represents you will explain how juries determine whether or not punitive damages are warranted and in what amount. Such damages may be a part of your Roundup compensation, as juries have already awarded them in the bellwether trials against Bayer AG.
How Much Money Can I Get?
It’s important to note that the damages available to individual plaintiffs will vary by the unique aspects of their cases. The average settlement in this MDL is not yet clear, though many more cases have reportedly been settled. While no one can provide a guarantee of the settlement amount you will receive, the attorneys in our network will fight hard for compensation to address all of your damages.
In addition, you do not have to hesitate because of attorney’s fees or upfront costs, as the lawyers in our network will represent you on a contingency-fee basis. This arrangement means your legal team’s fees from the compensation recovered in your case. Instead of paying out of pocket, you agree to have a percentage of the settlement or court award taken as payment.
Note that your right to pursue Roundup’s manufacturer is subject to a statute of limitations. If this deadline expires, it can prohibit you from recovering any compensation at all. If you worked in an industry that exposed you to Roundup or used it in your home, you’ll want to start investigating your compensation options soon.
Roundup Settlement: More Than $10 Billion for Victims
As reported by Reuters, the manufacturer of Roundup has agreed to stop selling it and other glyphosate-based herbicides for residential use in the United States as soon as 2023. While this is good news for future gardeners and groundskeepers, it does not negate the damages current litigants have endured. Because Bayer AG failed to warn consumers adequately of the product’s dangers, recent and upcoming lawsuits seek compensation based on product liability issues.
MDLs and class action lawsuits allow multiple plaintiffs to hold one defendant responsible for their damages. Bayer AG’s recent agreement to pay more than $10 billion will compensate tens of thousands of plaintiffs in current and future Roundup cases. Joining this MDL now or in the near future could entitle you to a share in these funds earmarked for victims of glyphosate exposure.
Tens of thousands of lawsuits are currently pending, and there is still time to file your own case and join this MDL. The courts have requested that Bayer AG set aside funds for those who were exposed to Roundup but may not have received a cancer diagnosis yet. In response, the company has earmarked $1.25 billion to resolve future lawsuits via settlement. The attorneys in our network can prepare your case.
Roundup Settlement Amounts: Potential Payouts for Victims
According to USA Today reports, Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million to a single plaintiff who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer after his work as a groundskeeper exposed him to Roundup products. As the company’s actions in this case were deemed malicious and fraudulent, the award included about $250 million in punitive damages.
This was one of three bellwether trials in MDL 2741 Roundup Products Liability Litigation. Bellwether trials help to generate an idea of how the other cases against a defendant will play out. The awards from the other bellwether trials against Bayer AG include:
- $25.5 million in Hardeman v. Monsanto (2019), after an appeal reduced the award from $80.2 million
- $87 million in Pilliod v. Monsanto (2019), after an appeal reduced the award from $2.055 billion
How Pre-Settlement Funding Can Help
Preparing, filing, and resolving a lawsuit can take several years. In the interim, your daily and ongoing living expenses do not stop, which can create a difficult financial situation for you and your family.
To help alleviate any financial hardship you experience and allow you to focus your energy on recovering, you might be eligible for a pre-settlement funding option. Because it provides you with a lump-sum monetary infusion, choosing pre-settlement funding can allow you to:
- Meet critical medical expenses
- Meet daily living expenses
- Make rent or mortgage payments
- Make credit card and loan payments
A pre-settlement loan can bridge the gap between the beginning of the Roundup litigation process and the final settlement and payout. Repayment will become due when your class action case is settled.
A member of our network of attorneys can help you explore this option, which can give you peace of mind and financial security while you await the resolution of your case. If your cancer diagnosis means you are unable to work, you can ask your legal team about the potential advantages and disadvantages of this type of funding.
Risks in Not Settling
Not settling your cancer lawsuit in conjunction with other injured plaintiffs risks a prolonged trial and a potential financial collapse of the at-fault manufacturer. You can learn more about the average payout for Roundup lawsuits and the risks of waiting when you reach out to a law firm for help.
Contact one of our team members at The Sentinel Group by calling 800-874-8678 to find out how our network of attorneys can help you prove the cause of your or your loved one’s illness and how to join the ongoing MDL against Roundup manufacturers.