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Did you use Paraquat and develop Parkinson’s Disease? We’d love to speak with you—call 800-359-5690 to discuss your claim with a qualified Paraquat Lawsuit Lawyer.
Paraquat is scientifically linked to several adverse effects. Most notably, researchers attribute paraquat exposure to an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. A growing number of paraquat lawsuits against the manufacturers of the herbicide have already been filed. If you developed Parkinson’s disease after exposure to paraquat, contact a Paraquat lawyer at 800-359-5690 to discuss your legal options.
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Five Fast Facts about the Paraquat Lawsuit
- Consistent scientific research studies link paraquat to the neurological disorder Parkinson’s disease.
- Exposure to paraquat within 1600 feet increases the risk of Parkinson’s by 75%.
- The Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council urged the EPA to deny paraquat’s registration.
- Paraquat is only available in the U.S. for commercially licensed users who completed an EPA-approved training course.
- The CDC considers paraquat to be more toxic than other herbicides.
What is Paraquat?
Paraquat (dipyridylium) is an extremely toxic chemical widely used as an herbicide— primarily for weed and grass control. Research demonstrates that the herbicide is hazardous for workers who apply it to plants.
When ingested, paraquat is extremely toxic to mammals—including humans. It has the potential to cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ingesting paraquat leads to failure of the following organs up to 30 days after ingestion:
Similarly, chronic exposure through inhalation can lead to lung damage, kidney failure, heart failure and esophageal strictures. Further, long-term exposure to paraquat may lead to lung and eye damage.
Does Paraquat Cause Parkinson’s Disease?
Yes, research consistently links paraquat to increasing the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Paraquat destroys neurons needed to create dopamine—the chemical that controls movement, such as walking. These are the same neurons that suffer damage in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease is an incurable and debilitating progressive nervous system disorder. It is often characterized by tremors, slowness in movement, stiffness and difficulties with balance and walking. Further, it leads to a wide range of symptoms such as loss of smell, constipation, sleep disorders and depression.
Parkinson’s is linked to multiple causes, including the following environmental hazards:
- Air pollution
- Industrial solvents
Over a 25 year period, the number of people living with Parkinson’s more than doubled from 2.6 million to 6.3 million. By 2040, that number is projected to double again to at least 12.9 million.
At least 32 countries have entirely banned paraquat because of its adverse health effects.
Agricultural workers with Parkinson’s
Agricultural workers have the highest number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s due to exposure to environmental toxins. In fact, research shows that pesticide applicators are twice as likely to suffer from Parkinson’s disease than the general public. If you applied paraquat and developed Parkinson’s disease, our team of Paraquat Lawyers may be able to help. Call us to schedule your free consultation.
Can the general population be exposed to paraquat?
The degree of poisoning linked to paraquat depends on the amount, duration of exposure, route, and the person’s health at the time of exposure. Exposure to paraquat usually comes from swallowing chemicals. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people can be exposed to paraquat in a variety of ways, including:
- After eating contaminated food or beverages.
- Exposure through substances such as marijuana, heroin or other drugs.
- Inhalation—particularly those who live near farmland.
- Through the skin. Paraquat poisoning is most likely to happen if exposure lasts for a long time, involves a concentrated version of paraquat, or through cuts and scabs.
Why is there a Paraquat lawsuit?
There is a paraquat lawsuit because the herbicide’s manufacturers failed to warn users about the serious health risks associated with the herbicide—namely Parkinson’s disease. As a result, in October 2017, farmers and other agricultural workers filed a lawsuit against manufacturers Syngenta and Growmark.
Who manufactures Paraquat?
Filing a Paraquat lawsuit means that you will hold the manufacturers of the herbicide accountable. Numerous companies manufacture paraquat under several brand names. Paraquat manufacturers include the following companies:
- Adama Group
- Altitude Crop Innovations, LLC
- Chevron Chemical Company
- Drexel Chemical Company
- Helm Algro
- Innvictis Crop Care LLC
- Sinon USA, Inc.
- United Phosphorous
Under what brand names are paraquat sold?
Paraquat is commonly sold under the trade name Gramoxone. However, you may know the herbicide under a different name:
- AH 501
- Bai Cao Ku
- Cyclone SL 2.0
- Helmquat 3SL
- Ortho Paraquat CL
- Para-Shot 3.0
- Toxer Total
This is not an exhaustive list of where paraquat can be found. It is also found in formulations with many other herbicides.
If a doctor diagnosed you or someone you know with Parkinson’s disease, contact a qualified paraquat lawyer to hold the manufacturers accountable. We can help you get the compensation that you’re owed.
Paraquat in the news
On April 12, 2021, a U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of Missouri denied a motion filed by Syngenta and co-defendant Chevron to dismiss a paraquat lawsuit brought by a Missouri couple. The lawsuit alleges that Henry Holyfield developed Parkinson’s disease due to his exposure to paraquat as a crop duster.
How a Paraquat Lawyer From The Carlson Law Firm Can Help You
The Carlson Law Firm is currently accepting clients who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after using paraquat. We are accepting cases from all 50 states. If you or someone you love suffered injury by exposure to this toxic chemical, it is in your best interest to contact a Paraquat lawyer. The initial consultation with a Paraquat Lawyer from our firm is free and confidential. Also, you won’t pay unless we win your case.
The Carlson Law Firm has a team of attorneys experienced in cases like these. A paraquat lawyer from our firm will tirelessly fight for justice. The use of paraquat has negatively affected thousands of farmers, gardeners, and others in agricultural industries. If a doctor diagnosed you or a loved one with Parkison’s disease after using paraquat, you might have a case. We protect victims nationwide from negligent companies for their injuries. Contact our office for a free consultation.
Take a step toward protecting your family’s future and contact us today to determine if you are eligible for a paraquat lawsuit. A compassionate Paraquat Lawyer is ready to take your call.