Dicamba is a powerful herbicide considered to be even more toxic than Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. Our lawyers are investigating potential cases for people who were injured after using or being exposed to dicamba.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was harmed by dicamba, you should contact our law firm immediately.
What is Dicamba Used For?
Dicamba is a benzoic acid herbicide that can be applied to the leaves or to the soil. The chemical controls annual and perennial broadleaf weeds in grain crops and grasslands, and is used to control brush and bracken in pastures. It will kill broadleaf weeds before and after they sprout, according to the Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) at Cornell University.
What’s the problem?
Monsanto genetically modified its strains of Xtend cotton and soybeans to be resistant to dicamba. Farmers — particularly in the Southern U.S. — have been desperate for new weapons against a devastating weed called pigweed, or Palmer amaranth.
Some farmers have even gone so far as to start spraying dicamba on their crops before they were legally allowed to do so. The problem is that Dicamba is harmful to other crops. It drifts with the wind and traditional crops are incredibly sensitive to it.
How is Dicamba Different from Glyphosate?
Dicamba is considered by many criteria to be even more toxic than glyphosate, a chemical that has been linked to many forms of cancer including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, anaplastic large cell lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic lymphoma. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers Dicamba to be only mildly toxic to people, pollinators, wildlife, and aquatic organisms. There is no scientific consensus on whether it has cancer-causing properties; however, all herbicides are poisons and the vast scale in which they are used in conventional agriculture is cause for alarm.
Dicamba Toxicity Symptoms
- Loss of appetite (anorexia)
- Muscle weakness
- Slowed heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Central nervous system effects (victim may become excited or depressed)
- Benzoic acid in the urine
- Cyanosis (bluing of the skin and gums)
- Exhaustion following repeated muscle spasms
Inhaling dicamba can cause:
- Irritation of the linings of the nasal passages
- Lung damage
- Loss of voice
Dicamba is also extremely irritating and corrosive, and can cause permanent damage to the eyes. The chemical may also cause severe burns.
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
At least 2 class action lawsuits have been filed over crop damage alleged from off-label dicamba use. In February 2017, a class action was filed in Missouri federal court on behalf of farmers in 10 states who claim their crops were damaged by dicamba drift. A similar complaint was filed in June 2017 by farmers in Arkansas who allege that dicamba-based herbicides caused damage to their properties. Plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages for damage to crops, fruits and trees that weren’t dicamba-resistant.
Why Our Law Firm Has Not Filed a Dicamba Class Action
Please note: Our lawyers are not currently filing class action lawsuits over injuries related to the use of Dicamba. We are only investigating these cases. If we determine at some point there are grounds to pursue litigation, then we may decide to file a class action. However, this is currently only an investigation.
Need More Info?
Please visit our Dicamba FAQ page if you’d like more information about these issues.
Do I Have a Dicamba Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is investigating injury reports associated with the use of Dicamba herbicide. If you or a loved one was injured, you should contact our law firm immediately.