The Dangerous Consequences of Pesticide Exposure

Pesticides are in our food, in our homes, and in our offices. They are used to increase food production, in landscaping and gardening, and can never be avoided 100% of the time. While many are harmless to humans or are no longer present by the time they reach our plate or clothing (such as their use in cotton production), many cause severe illnesses when ingested or when we are exposed to great amounts of them.


Deadly Chemical in Roundup (Glyphosate) is Linked to Cancer and Other Deadly Diseases


In september of 2015, Judi Fitzgerald filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against Monsanto, claiming that her Leukemia diagnosis of 2012 was due to her exposure of Roundup during her horticultural products career. Monsanto has claimed that the product is safe for humans. However, the main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which is listed as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization, according to Scientific American. Roundup, among other popular herbicides (herbicides are used to kill weeds, grass, and other unwanted plants), is linked to such health complications as Parkinson’s disease, infertility, and various types of cancer. There are more than 24 popular herbicides on the market and glyphosate is used in most of them. 185 million pounds of glyphosate was used by U.S. farmers in 2007, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Glyphosate (and the brand name Roundup) is also used in home gardens, at golf courses, in landscaping, and by cities that use it in parks, flower beds, lawns, and other areas that people come into contact with on a regular basis.


Types of Cancers and Various Health Issues from Pesticides and Herbicides


Many farming communities have higher rates of leukemia, multiple myeloma, skin cancer, lip cancer, brain cancer, prostate cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and soft tissue sarcoma, according to the National Cancer Institute. Short term, or acute pesticide poisoning involves pinpoint pupils, rashes, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and eye, ear, skin, and throat irritation, according to the California Department of Public Health. Chronic exposure that has lasted for one year or more causes birth defects, asthma, damage to the genetic and immune systems, and of course cancers, such as those listed above.


Contact Napoli Shkolnik if You Became Sick From Pesticides or Herbicides


If you or a loved one have suffered serious health consequences from pesticide or herbicide exposure, you need to contact an experienced New York environmental litigation attorney at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC today at 212-397-1000. Proving liability in these cases can be extremely difficult and complex. It must be proven that the product was dangerous and that exposure, to you caused your illness. Parties at fault may be an employer if they were negligent in teaching or requiring proper safety rules when using the product; the manufacturer (of the pesticide) if they released an unsafe product onto the market; or even a government organization if their use of the product was proven to cause harm. Having an aggressive, experienced law firm at your side is key to success when going up against large companies, multi-billion dollar agricultural companies, and government agencies.