If you think you may have been injured in Scotland as a result of exposure to a pesticide or weedkiller such as Glyphosate you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury. For a free initial consultation to discuss your case with a member of our team, call us today on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away.
In our guide below we explore some of the key aspects of weedkiller health concerns and the requirements for making a compensation claim in Scotland.
What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is a substance in many herbicides (weed killers). It is used widely round the world. and is widely used around the world. It was first used in the UK in 1976.
It is essentially used to control most weed species including perennials and grasses in many situations including amenity, forestry, aquatic and industrial situations.
It is widely used by farmers, gardeners, foresters, and biologists to try and control invasive exotic plants.
Since it is approved for use in many countries, it has been subject to extensive testing and regulatory assessment in the EU, USA and elsewhere, and by the World Health Organisation.
Health Concerns of weedkiller/pesticide
Glyphosate has been categorised by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), as a possible human carcinogen. As such, this has brought about concerns and court actions from individuals who believe their cancer or other health issues are linked to exposure to exposure in their workplace.
Cases were brought against Monsanto and other manufacturers of glyphosate-based herbicides, such as Roundup. These cases argue that the companies failed to adequately advise those utilising the product, about the potential health risks associated with the use of the products.
Outcome of court actions
Some of these actions have resulted in settlements for Pursuers who have claimed that glyphosate exposure led or contributed to their illnesses. In addition to this, the companies have entered into settlements with some pursuers to deal with existing and any potential future claims.
Is Glyphosate banned in the UK?
The safety of glyphosate remains a subject of debate. Whilst many UK councils have decided to go pesticide free, there is no national ban on using pesticide in urban areas. Glyphosate has been approved for use in the UK until at least 2025.
What should I do if I think I have been harmed from exposure to a pesticide such as Glyphosate in Scotland?
If you think you may have been injured as a result of exposure to a pesticide or weedkiller such as Glyphosate you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury. It is important that you contact a personal injury lawyer specialising in pesticide/weedkiller claims. At Calio Claims we are able to provide you with the most up to date information and the legalities and regulations surrounding any potential claim.
Is there a time limit for making a claim relating to a personal injury claim in Scotland?
With all personal injury claims, there is a three-year time limit from the date of the accident. We recommend seeking advice from a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.