How Do I Get a Lawyer for My Roundup Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one was exposed to Roundup and subsequently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another cancer, you could be entitled to compensation from the product’s manufacturer. However, bringing a case against a major corporation like Bayer AG is intimidating and time-consuming, which is why many victims have hired law firms to represent them.
If you are wondering how to get a lawyer for your Roundup lawsuit, you can start by seeking recommendations from coworkers and family members. You can also search online. Attorneys handling cases against Bayer AG can explain the damages that have already been awarded and how you can join the mass tort regarding Roundup.
How Do I Know If I Have a Legal Case?
According to National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) research, exposure to the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is common among people who routinely use it or handle items treated with it. This can include groundskeepers, farmers, military personnel, and landscapers.
You could have a legal case for compensation and the right to join others filing Roundup lawsuits if:
- You or a family member used Roundup at home or work.
- That exposure led to a cancer diagnosis, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
- The statute of limitations in the case has not expired.
If an attorney can establish these facts in your case, they can use the scientific evidence available to back up a claim for damages.
The Link Between Roundup and Cancer
In 2019, Mutation Research published a study on the correlation between Roundup exposure among residential and commercial users and certain types of cancer. In addition to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cancers potentially caused by glyphosate include leukemia and multiple myeloma.
Healthline also reported on a possible connection between Roundup and the development of breast cancer. If you or a family member was diagnosed with one of these forms of cancer or any cancer linked to glyphosate exposure, you could have a viable legal case and the right to start or join a class action lawsuit.
When the Roundup Lawsuit lawyer who will oversee your Roundup cancer lawsuit reviews your case, they will let you know your legal options. Your lawyer will also make sure you understand the process for pursuing Roundup’s manufacturer, the anticipated likelihood of settling your case versus going to court, and the benefits of each option.
What to Ask Candidate Lawyers
You can get a free consultation and case review when you contact a law firm about your Roundup exposure case. During your initial consultation, you will answer questions about your use of the product, your diagnosis, and its impact on you and your family.
When choosing a lawyer to represent you, you should also ask your own questions. These can relate to the attorney’s past experience with cases like yours, the law firm’s resources and services, and how they would handle your particular case.
The Law Firm’s Past Cases
Seeking more information about the law firm’s track record will enable you to make a confident decision regarding who should represent you. Ask questions specifically related to each lawyer you are considering, such as:
- How long have you been practicing law?
- How many product liability clients have you represented?
- How many previous class action or multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases have you been involved in?
- Will you personally handle my case or assign it to another member of your firm?
You want to know that your case will be in good hands so you can focus on recovering and taking care of your family.
Accessibility for Clients
If you are undergoing ongoing medical care for Roundup-related cancer, you may prefer a legal team that will meet at your convenience, which could include coming to your home or hospital. You can ask questions like these to understand the dynamics of each potential firm and the team’s approach to client care and communication:
- Is every visit conducted in your office?
- Is your office accessible for disabled clients?
- How are my questions, concerns, and communications handled?
- Is your office staff bilingual or multilingual?
- Is your office easily accessible via public transportation or rideshare?
You may have the opportunity to question your potential legal team in various ways, including person-to-person, online via Zoom or other digital conferencing methods, or via phone. Whichever method is available, arm yourself with paper and pen to jot down answers you can refer back to later.
Legal teams can answer your candidate questions and assure you of the benefits and advantages of choosing their firm. They will also explain the details and intricacies of their attorney’s fees and ensure you understand your rights and their responsibility to you right from the start.
How Are Roundup Attorneys Paid?
Roundup attorneys are paid for their legal services on a contingency-fee basis. This fee structure means they take on all costs associated with filing lawsuits for you and other plaintiffs in the mass tort case without charging any upfront fees or out-of-pocket expenses. As such, hiring legal representation will not add to the financial strain of medical care and your inability to work.
As part of your contingency fee agreement, your lawyer will cover the costs of:
- Initial case review
- Targeted research
- Evidence gathering
- Expert consultations
- Legal filing fees
- Discovery and depositions
- Court costs and appearances
Working on a contingency-fee basis also means your lawyer will not receive compensation unless and until you do. The settlement or verdict will be sent to your attorney’s office, where they will deduct their fees and issue a payment to you for your share of the class action settlement. Law firms will disclose their percentage upfront before you decide which to hire.
Other Benefits of Hiring a Contingency Fee Firm
When you decide to sue the company that made Roundup weedkiller for the damage it caused you or the demise of a loved one, having a law firm’s support and resources is key. Knowing there is no financial risk to hiring a law firm means you can work with a lawyer sooner rather than later. It also means you can focus on your recovery rather than on costly legal issues.
Getting your case started right away also has another advantage. For some prospective plaintiffs, concern or hesitation about the cost of a lawyer might cause a time-consuming delay and a delay in pursuing the at-fault party can be costly. In fact, it can put your entire right to compensation at risk because it could prevent you from complying with the statute of limitations.
The statute of limitations is the amount of time your state gives you to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. When an attorney handles your case, they will research and confirm the relevant court filing deadline and ensure compliance. Otherwise, a judge could dismiss your lawsuit without ever reviewing the evidence. Your mass tort lawsuit attorney will explain the importance of timely filing, the relevant statute that applies to your case, and the steps they will take to ensure the statute of limitations is met.
Recent Roundup Verdicts
Participating in a mass tort with other injured parties is a long process. While you cope with your diagnosis or the loss of a family member, the wait for news, updates, and outcomes can seem excruciating. An attorney can help ease the wait by providing you with general and case-specific updates.
As the case winds its way through the court system and the settlement negotiation process, your legal team will explain new developments as they occur so you know what to expect going forward. Some recent updates and victories that could affect you and other individuals pursuing compensation from Roundup’s manufacturer include:
- In June 2020, NPR reported on Bayer AG’s agreement to resolve thousands of Roundup cases with a nearly $11 billion settlement. This settlement will compensate the victims in this lawsuit and allow them to start putting their lives back together.
- A portion of this same Roundup settlement $1.25 billion has been earmarked to settle future anticipated cases for injured parties who have not yet received a cancer diagnosis or had the chance to file.
- In August of 2020, a separate jury in California issued a verdict ordering the weedkiller’s manufacturer at that time, Monsanto to pay more than $2 billion to a couple for their Roundup-related cancers.
- In 2019, a federal jury awarded a California Roundup victim more than $80 million. Of this award, $75 million constituted punitive damages, with the jury citing glyphosate as a “substantial factor” in the man’s cancer diagnosis.
There are several benefits to the recent settlement agreement from Bayer AG. Mainly, it could resolve up to 125,000 current claims against the manufacturer, providing compensation and invaluable peace of mind to current litigants. Because certain funds are being held in reserve, this settlement also ensures compensation is available for litigants in future weed killer lawsuits.
Damages You Could Recover in a Roundup Lawsuit
As your legal team will explain, the compensation you could receive from a Roundup settlement award may cover:
- The ongoing medical expenses to treat your cancer
- The ongoing loss of income related to treatment and recovery
- The physical and emotional trauma you endure
- Wrongful death damages if your loved one passed away from their cancer
If your case goes to court, you could also receive punitive damages. These are a special category of damages a jury can award if it concludes that Roundup’s manufacturer was grossly negligent by not informing you of known or suspected risks associated with the product. Though these are not guaranteed, juries have already awarded some punitive damages in the Roundup MDL.
What If I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?
Concern over the cost of getting legal help and support should not stop you from holding the at-fault party responsible for your damages. If your health was put at risk by the popular weedkiller, Roundup, you can afford a lawyer to help you recover monetary damages. The reason you can afford to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you is that many will do so without charging you any initial expenses.
Individual and class action lawsuits against a huge company like Bayer AG can be complex, multifaceted, and overwhelming on your own. A contingency fee agreement means you can explore your legal options, identify the right attorney for you, and prove the validity of your case without paying any upfront or out-of-pocket costs.
Product liability attorneys do not charge any fees either upfront, filing, or otherwise to represent you. Instead, they handle your case on a contingency-fee basis. In addition, the initial consultation and review of your potential case is free. That means you can pursue Bayer AG for the damage their product caused at no cost to you.
There Is No Financial Risk to Hiring Representation
In addition to your free consultation, our attorneys represent you throughout your case, often putting in years of work on your behalf without charging you anything until your case is successfully resolved. Once a settlement or verdict has been reached, the lawyer who represents you will receive a percentage of your award amount. Until that happens, you do not owe anything. Your law firm will:
- Fully disclose the details of their contingency fee before you hire them
- Take responsibility for all upfront case-related costs
- Absorb the financial risks associated with your case
By agreeing to contingency representation, you can seek compensation without adding to the financial strain of treating your cancer and being unable to work. Whether your case resolves with a settlement the most likely outcome or at trial with a jury verdict, your lawyer does not receive or expect to receive any compensation until you do.
Get a Lawyer for Your Roundup Lawsuit
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another cancer tied to Roundup, a product liability lawyer can help you fight for compensation.
You can learn more about the ongoing Roundup cases with a no-cost, no-obligation review of the circumstances of your diagnosis. Fill out the contact form to get started today.