Home pesticides may cause cancer

Pesticides and other toxins that are used around the home have been reported and written about for years as being harmful to humans.  Yet, despite the fact that much research has gone into trying to make these over the counter chemicals safe, there are still reports of individuals becoming violently sick or even dyeing.   Recently CNN reported that a man in the California bay area used a weed control product called Roundup produced by Monsanto.  He claims the product gave him cancer.  Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, regularly used Roundup and claims it is the cause of his cancer. Last year CNN reported that more than 800 patients were suing Monsanto, claiming its popular weed killer, Roundup, gave them cancer.  This brings the total up to over 2,000 people who have used Round Up and have claims against Monsanto.

The big question at stake is whether Roundup can cause cancer and, if so, whether Monsanto failed to warn consumers about the product’s cancer risk.

In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said the key ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”  But Monsanto long has maintained that Roundup does not cause cancer, and that the IARC report is greatly outnumbered by studies saying glyphosate is safe.

The law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey& Fronrath has handled chemical and pesticide exposure cases around the state of Florida where there is an overabundance of pesky little critters invading yards and homes with home owners using professional or over the counter chemicals to rid them.  As result, we have had many successful outcomes with these cases.  We are here to answer any questions you may have about chemical exposure.  If you or a loved one feels that you have become sick due to a chemical at home or at work, call Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath at their West Palm Beach Office today.  The call and consultation is FREE and there is no obligation.  Call 561-655-1990 to talk to one of our highly trained attorneys.