If you were exposed to the weed-killer, Roundup®, and later developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. You might also have grounds to recover damages in a mass tort lawsuit against Monsanto (recently acquired by the drug maker Bayer), the company that manufactures the substance.
A Roundup & non-Hodgkin lymphoma lawsuit lawyer at the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC can help you pursue compensation on both fronts. We have the resources to help you file a Social Security disability claim and to seek redress in a tort lawsuit. Receive a free consultation to discuss your claim and determine how we can help.
To schedule an appointment today, call our office at 866-628-8179.
We Can Help You Seek Social Security Disability for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
You can receive Social Security disability benefits for non-Hodgkin lymphoma no matter how you developed the condition. A Social Security disability lawyer from the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC can help you put together a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Our team works on a contingency basis, which means we do not collect a fee until we recover money for you.
There are two ways to get approved for Social Security disability for non-Hodgkin lymphoma: satisfy the criteria of a Blue Book listing or apply for, and receive, a medical-vocational allowance.
Understanding the Social Security Blue Book Listing for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
The Blue Book is Social Security’s master list of conditions it approves for disability. If a medical condition has a listing in the Blue Book, then an applicant who has a diagnosis of that condition can receive a grant for benefits.
The Blue Book listing for non-Hodgkin lymphoma lays out several items that must be present in your diagnosis. For you to get approved for benefits based on the listing, your non-Hodgkin lymphoma must be either:
- Fast-growing and does not go into remission (or goes into remission but later returns) after chemotherapy or radiation, or
- Slow-growing but requires multiple chemotherapy or radiation treatments within a 12-month period.
If you received a bone marrow transplant as part of your non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment, Social Security considers this grounds for disability for a minimum of 12 months following the procedure.
If your non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis does not meet these criteria, we can still help you receive Social Security disability benefits. Call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC at 866-628-8179 for your free consultation today.
The Medical-Vocational Allowance
If you do not satisfy the criteria for a Blue Book listing, you can get approved for Social Security disability by way of a medical-vocational allowance. This involves demonstrating that your condition prevents you from securing and maintaining substantially gainful activity (SGA).
Social Security defines SGA as steady employment that allows you to earn above a certain threshold. As of 2018, that threshold is $1,180 per month. You must also meet the following requirements:
- Your condition has lasted at least 12 months or is expected to last at least 12 months.
- Your condition is “severe,” interfering with your ability to work or carry out daily living activities.
The Social Security disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC can help you complete the application. Whether you meet a Blue Book listing or need to apply for a medical-vocational allowance, we will guide you through the legal process. Call 866-628-8179 for a free consultation.
Recovering Damages in a Mass Tort Lawsuit
If you believe your non-Hodgkin lymphoma resulted from exposure to Roundup, you may be able to recover damages beyond your Social Security disability benefits. You could be eligible to join mass tort litigation currently taking place against the maker of Roundup, Monsanto.
In 2018, a California jury awarded nearly $300 million to a plaintiff who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma and claimed that daily exposure to Roundup at his job as a groundskeeper for a school led to his diagnosis. The defendant, Monsanto, which was recently acquired by Bayer, was ordered to pay the substantial sum.
Who Is Eligible to File a Roundup® Lawsuit?
If you were exposed, or believe you were exposed, to Roundup at any time before your diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Monsanto and recover damages. Even if you are not sure of the extent of your exposure — or whether you were exposed at all — it is still worth your time to speak with a lawyer and find out what your options are.
Also, if you are the surviving family member of a loved one who died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma following exposure to Roundup, you could be eligible to recover wrongful death damages. A Roundup & non-Hodgkin lymphoma lawsuit lawyer can help you with this, as well.
Call 866-628-8179 today to schedule a free case evaluation with the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC.
File Before the Statute of Limitations
Every state has a statute of limitations on various types of lawsuits. What this means is that if you do not take action within the required time frame, you could lose the ability to recover damages. Once the statute of limitations passes, you are effectively time-barred from taking any legal action.
A lawyer from the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, can make sure you do not let any critical deadlines slip by. Call us at 866-628-8179 for a free case evaluation.
Take Action Today — Call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, at 866-628-8179
Our attorneys want to help you recover the damages you deserve for your non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a result of Roundup exposure. We can help you file a Social Security disability claim and pursue a mass tort lawsuit against Monsanto. For a free case evaluation, call 866-628-8179 today.