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Louisville Lawyer Wins $80 Million Verdict Against Monsanto

March 28, 2019 — Hardeman v. Monsanto — In February, 2019, a Louisville, Kentucky lawyer won an $80.3 million verdict against Monsanto after the jury found that Roundup was the cause of cancer in the first Federal Court case from the Roundup MDL to go to trial. The plaintiff was a 70-year-old male who lived with his wife in Sonoma County, California on 56 acres. He had used Roundup products to treat poison oak, weeds and overgrowth on his property in the 1980s and continued heavy spray activity through 2012. Three years later, he got a cancer diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The jury found that the popular weed killer was defective and awarded him $80 million which included a $75 million punitive damage award. Reference: Wolfson, Andrew. “Louisville Lawyer Wins $80M Verdict against Monsanto over Weedkiller Roundup.” Courier Journal, 28 Mar. 2019, www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2019/03/28/monsanto-roundup-cancer-lawsuit-louisville-lawyer-wins-huge-verdict-80-million/3295421002/.

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Your Wrongful Death Attorney

Unfortunately, at Gerling Law, our professional team is familiar with accidents that result in wrongful death. If you know someone who has passed away due to another person’s negligent behavior, we offer our deepest apologies. This time is difficult, painful, and unfair. To make the situation worse, these particular types of cases are often constricted by a statute of limitations. You and your family should be grieving at this time, not stressing over the legal process. Therefore, we invite you to leave the law to us. An Attorney Can Help According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 90,000 deaths occur throughout the United States due to medical malpractice, which is just one example of wrongful death. Wrongful death can occur from many types of accidents, including the following: an automobile accident, a slip, and fall accident, a workplace accident, a product liability accident, and more. As stated time and time again, accidents do happen every single day. However, when the accident could have been prevented, then the responsible party needs to be held accountable for his or her negligent actions. An educated and skilled attorney can help you. Firstly, the legal process can often be complicated and tedious. Second of all, it goes without saying that most clients, rightfully so, do not have a clear mind during this trying time. From tracking down witnesses to making phone calls on your behalf, at Gerling Law, our main concern is you. Contact a Gerling Wrongful Death Attorney Today Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Study Reveals Risk Of Glyphosate

February 2019–In February 2019, researchers at the University of Washington studied the relationship between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and high, long-term exposure to glyphosate. They found that high exposure to glyphosate increased a person’s risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by 41%. Reference:  Moncivais, Katy. “Roundup Cancer Lawsuit: 2020 Updates & Settlements.” Consumer Safety, 8 Jan. 2021, www.consumersafety.org/product-lawsuits/roundup/. 

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Consult with an Indianapolis Defective Consumer Devices Attorney Today

If you have been injured due to a defective product, it is time to seek the advice of an Indianapolis defective products attorney from Gerling Law. Suffering an injury can cause major financial difficulties from medical bills, loss of wages and other related expenses. If you are suffering from an injury, you need to get someone in your corner that understands the process and has been involved in such a case before. Even if you don’t feel that you are ready to file a lawsuit, you need to get the protection of an attorney in your corner. One of our skilled attorneys in Indiana can help you in many ways throughout the process and can help you get some relief from the stress. Relieve the Pressure with the Help of an Indianapolis Defective Products Attorney An Indianapolis defective products attorney can provide you with the backup that you need from the start. They will be able to protect you from the many phone calls that come from attorneys, insurance companies, and other involved individuals. Handling your health and dealing with recovery should be your job. An attorney can handle the rest with your help. They will talk to everyone involved to learn more about the situation and will ask that you authorize them to ask questions regarding your health. The doctors, with your approval, will forward medical reports about your progress to them directly for review. They will work with the manufacturers to make sure that you and your family get the help that you deserve and need during this time. Get Started Today by Hiring an Indianapolis Defective Products Attorney Don’t wait to call on an Indianapolis defective products attorney for help with your legal situation. The sooner that you meet with an attorney and discuss your options, the sooner you will feel some relief from the weight that is likely on your shoulders. One of our expert attorneys can provide you with honest feedback about the case and let you know what you should expect. They will help you plan for the case so you can focus on the important things. Call Gerling Law at 888-437-5464 today to talk about your options and learn more about the process ahead.

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First Roundup “Bellwether” Trial Win Against Monsanto for $289 Million

August 2018 — Johnson v Monsanto — In August 2018, the plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, brought the first non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma lawsuit against Monsanto in front of a jury. Mr. Johnson had been a 46-year-old former groundskeeper for a school district who applied Roundup products to school properties as part of his job duties on a regular basis for years. In 2015, he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Following an 8-week trial, the jury found that Monsanto was liable and awarded $289 million in total damages, which included $250 million in punitive damages. The judge later capped the punitive damage award, reducing the total jury award down to $78.5 million. Bayer had officially acquired Monsanto just as these lawsuits were beginning to appear in front of juries.  After the acquisition, Bayer faced up to 125,000 Roundup lawsuits, according to public statements. Reference:  Moncivais, Katy. “Roundup Cancer Lawsuit: 2020 Updates & Settlements.” Consumer Safety, 8 Jan. 2021, www.consumersafety.org/product-lawsuits/roundup/

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Bayer Buys Monsanto

June 2018 — Bayer completed its acquisition of Monsanto for $63 billion in June 2018.  Unfortunately, with this purchase of Monsanto came the liability for the thousands of lawsuits being filed against the company for its glyphosate-based herbicides. Reference:  Stempel, Jonathan. “Mediator Reports ‘Substantial Progress’ by Bayer in Resolving Roundup Cancer Lawsuits.” Insurance Journal, 10 Nov. 2020, www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/11/10/590115.htm#:~:text=Bayer%20has%20said%20Roundup%20is,committed%E2%80%9D%20t o%20settling%20the%20litigation

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When Products Cause Harm

Product liability laws are based on the principle that manufacturers, resellers, distributors, and companies have a duty to protect consumers from potential hazards and dangers. These products include all sorts of consumer goods, from children’s products and pharmaceutical drugs to consumer electronics, medical devices, and vehicles. Unfortunately, dangerous and defective products cause thousands of injuries every year in the United States When To Take Legal ActionIf someone is injured by a defective product, there are three types of product liability claims that may apply to their case: Design defects – Occurs even before a product is manufactured, meaning something in the design of the product is inherently unsafe. Manufacturing defects– Issues that take place in the course of a product’s manufacture or assembly. Marketing defects – Failure to provide adequate warnings, labeling, or instructions regarding how to properly use the product A Product Liability Attorney Can Help If you were injured by a dangerous or defective product, you might be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering you experienced. Product liability actions are detailed and complex and often involve large insurance companies or corporations with massive resources to fight your claim. That is why it is crucial to consult a lawyer with skills in this specific area. Gerling Law has the experience and financial resources to take on big companies, level the playing field, and achieve justice for you! Our experienced product liability attorneys can help determine which parties are responsible for the defective or dangerous product and guide you through the negotiation and settlement process. Our knowledgeable lawyers will help you determine your damages, secure evidence of your losses, and advise you on different settlement options. Gerling Law has locations in Indiana (Evansville and Indianapolis) as well as Kentucky (Louisville and Owensboro) and understands the specifics laws in each state. Let Gerling Law evaluate your claim today by calling us at 888-437-5464 or completing our free case review form for an initial consultation.

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Go With Experience

If you are searching for legal counsel in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, Owensboro, or surrounding communities, contact Gerling Law. Our lawyers have one purpose: to make your life better through assertive advocacy, legal experience, and a commitment to results. For over five decades, our firm has helped individuals get their lives back after an accident or when they can no longer work due to an injury or illness. We are dedicated to getting the compensation you deserve and have a solid reputation as a large settlement attorney law firm. “I am proud that Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm. We have represented thousands of people over the past 50 year and obtained recoveries totaling more than $300 million,” stated Owner Gayle Gerling Pettinga. Professional Results Just some of the recoveries made by Gerling Law include: $7.5 Million Settlement; Brain Injury to Child; Auto and Tractor-Trailer Collision $3.01 Million Judgment; Permanent Brain Injury; Motorcycle – Tractor-Trailer Collision $2.5 Million Settlement; Wrongful Death; Auto and Tractor-Trailer Collision $2.1 Million Settlement; Traumatic Brain Injury; Motorcycle and Tractor-Trailer Collision $350,000 Settlement; Burn Injuries; Propane Tank Explosion $225,000 Settlement; Shoulder Injury; Pedestrian Struck by Auto Of course, these results are provided for informational purposes only and are not to be considered as a promise or guarantee as to the outcome of your specific case. Each case contains different facts and circumstances. The facts and circumstances of other cases will likely differ from the facts of the cases listed. Contingency At Gerling Law, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t have to pay us anything upfront or directly. We get paid only at the end of your case and when your case ends successfully. If your case is not successful, and you do not receive any kind of financial recovery, we will not charge you for the services we provided on your behalf. You’ll owe absolutely nothing. A Final Word Gerling Law has successfully represented clients from every walk of life and with every sort of legal challenge. We are confident that we can assist you with your legal needs. Clients are always treated fairly and with courtesy and respect. Every case receives the highest-quality representation matched by unparalleled integrity to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the Gerling Firm today at 888-437-5464 for a no-obligation initial consultation.

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Takata Air Bag Problems Offer Consumers Chance at Prevention

Takata airbag problems offer consumers a chance at preventionIn many ways, consumer safety seems to be on something of a reverse track. Typically, a person can only seek compensation for damages suffered after an accident occurs and injury caused. That certainly is true when dealing with motor vehicle accidents. The crash happens. Victims are hurt or worse, suffer fatal injuries. Recovery of benefits and compensation depends on being able to show through evidence that someone’s specific recklessness or negligence caused the unfortunate tragedy. Because of the legal nature of such cases, a skilled attorney’s help offers the best chance at optimal recovery. The normal process gets flipped on its head sometimes, such as in the matter of Takata airbags. Readers surely are familiar with this issue. Passive safety devices have been standard equipment in most passenger vehicles for many years. In the past few years, though, it’s been discovered that millions of models made by Takata could be unsafe. The chemical propellants that inflate the bags can become unstable from humidity and moisture and go off unexpectedly. It can happen with such force that canister shrapnel spews into vehicle passengers. At least 17 deaths and many more injuries are attributed to the faulty airbags. Tens of millions are already under recall, straining the ability of Takata and the rest of the auto industry to resolve the problem.In the wake of the initial discovery, Takata started adding a drying agent to new and replacement airbags. Then, earlier this month came word that many of those might not be safe. What makes this situation so different from other defective product cases is that the government knows about the problem and a website exists where consumers can check to see if the airbags in their vehicles are subject to recall. Then you can take action to ensure you are doing all you can to stay safe behind the wheel.

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