Glyphosate, Herbicides and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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It has been alleged in several California civil trials that glyphosate, an active ingredient found in a certain, widely-used herbicidal product, is a carcinogen and could be responsible for causing Non-Hodgkin lymphomas in users represented by their personal injury lawyer. To date, after hearing testimony by: the parties who claim to have been injured when the manufacturer failed to disclose a warning on the label; and expert witnesses on all sides of the issue, two federal juries have returned verdicts in favor of the injured parties—prior users of the widely-available agricultural, public space and residential herbicide containing glyphosate.

As of this writing, a third trial is underway in a California Federal Court with more than 11,000 pending cases still waiting to be heard. It has been reported that the judge overseeing this trial has indicated that if 3 verdicts are delivered by May [2019], he may “push the pause button” on the cases pending before him and allow the parties to enter into settlement negotiations. As a personal injury lawyer Indianapolis, IN looks to for a deeper examination of the issues, let us take a closer look at the damages allegedly caused by the active ingredient glyphosate: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Lymphocytes—Members of the Immune System

Lymphocytes are white blood (immunity) cells that originate in the bone’s marrow and protect the body from certain threats including viruses and cancers. A Complete Blood Count, also known as a CBC, ordered by a physician detects the levels of your body’s lymphocytes. There are two main categories of these cells:

  1.     B Cell lymphocytes are white blood cells that originate from stem cells in the bone marrow. Each individual B cell is keyed to produce an antibody that destroys a particular foreign substance, cancer or antigen that attaches to or in the affected red blood cell(s).
  2.     Thymosin is a hormone released from the thymus gland. The thymus gland is found only in pre-pubescent children and is located between the lungs. It is responsible for the production and maturation of T Cell lymphocytes, also known as T Cells. When these lymphocytes leave the bone’s marrow and pass through the thymus gland, they are transformed into T-Cells and migrate to lymph tissues throughout the body. T Cell Lymphocytes command the intensity of the immune response to foreign substances and destroy cancer cells.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) is a cancerous attack upon the B or T immunity cells. It is estimated that ninety percent of lymphomas begin in B cells, while the remaining ten percent develop in T cells. Left untreated, NHL can rapidly spread throughout the body by way of the lymphatic tissues which are located in several areas of the body. There are more than 30 identified types of NH lymphomas. If treated early, the five and ten-year survival rates are sixty-nine and fifty-nine percent, respectively.

Experienced Legal Advocates

Earlier this month, an epidemiologist testified at trial that since 1999, studies have concluded that the risk of getting Non-Hodgkin lymphoma doubles when consumers use the herbicide only twice per year. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with NHL and have used or been exposed to an herbicide containing glyphosate, call an experienced personal injury attorney Indianapolis, IN offers to discuss your potential claim.

*Note – This article should not be construed and may not be relied upon as medical or legal advice. If you have symptoms that are causing you concern, or if you have been exposed to glyphosate and would like to know more about Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, discuss this with a qualified medical physician.

Thanks to Ward & Ward Law Firm for their insight into personal injury claims and cancers.

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