Lawsuits are being filed after studies have shown that long-term exposure to paraquat, a popular herbicide, causes Parkinson’s disease.
Paraquat is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world. Typically, it’s used by commercial farmers to kill weeds and grasses that aren’t beneficial to their crops. It is highly toxic, so only licensed professionals are permitted to use it.
Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to Paraquat can lead to Parkinson’s disease, and lawsuits are being filed against manufacturers for failing to provide adequate warnings of this risk.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after long-term exposure to Paraquat, you should contact an attorney about filing a lawsuit. These manufacturers should be held accountable, and you should be compensated for the suffering you’ve endured.
Paraquat Lawsuit Facts
- Parkinson’s Disease after exposure to Paraquat
- Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
- Chevron USA
- Cases are being added monthly to Paraquat MDL
- Over 1,150 cases are part of a class action lawsuit
- Lawyers are still accepting cases
What You Need to Know About Paraquat Lawsuits
Paraquat, marketed under the name brand Gramoxone, is a popular industrial-strength herbicide that has been in use since the 1960s. Chevron started selling Paraquat in the U.S. in 1964.
Over the years, evidence has emerged that long-term Paraquat exposure can lead to early-onset Parkinson’s disease. Studies have shown that agricultural workers who are exposed to Paraquat over long periods of time have a significantly higher rate of developing Parkinson’s disease. Paraquat is so toxic that even people who just live near farms where it is applied also showed increased rates of Parkinson’s disease.
Paraquat is manufactured by Syngenta, and there is evidence indicating that Syngenta was aware of the link between paraquat and Parkinson’s for years but deliberately concealed it. Now, farm workers who are exposed to Paraquat and later diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease are filing product liability lawsuits against Syngenta and its U.S. distributors like Chevron.
Over 1,000 Paraquat lawsuits have been filed throughout the United States, and a class action MDL has been established to accommodate the large volume of cases. Lawyers are still accepting cases, so if you or a loved one meet the criteria for a lawsuit, you should get in touch today. Syngenta and its distributors should be held responsible for the suffering they’ve caused.
Did You or a Loved One Develop Parkinson’s Disease After Exposure to Paraquat?
You may be eligible to file a lawsuit for significant compensation.
Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is an incurable brain disorder that typically affects adults over the age of 60.
Several studies have linked long-term exposure to Paraquat to developing early-onset Parkinson’s disease. These studies propose that Paraquat increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by creating oxidative stress that damages and kills neurons that produce dopamine.
As a result of this discovery, thousands of people in the US who were exposed to Paraquat for many years and have since been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of Paraquat. In some cases, it’s the families of the impacted individual filing on their behalf.
These product liability cases claim Paraquat is defective and led farmers to develop Parkinson’s disease. Plaintiffs say that manufacturers knew about the link between the herbicide and the risk of disease, and they failed to warn the public.
Who Is Eligible to File a Paraquat Lawsuit?
Anyone who has been exposed to Paraquat and developed Parkinson’s disease may decide to file a claim, but contacting a lawyer is the only way to be sure you qualify.
Some types of Paraquat exposure are more difficult to determine than others, but an experienced attorney can help prove your case.
People who may qualify to file a Paraquat lawsuit include:
- Agricultural workers including farmers, licensed Paraquat applicators, growers, pickers and landscapers
- People who live near farmland sprayed with Paraquat
- Anyone who works around commercial weed killers and pesticides
What Are The Symptoms & Side Effects of Paraquat Exposure?
Symptoms of paraquat exposure vary depending on the amount of exposure and how someone was exposed.
Short-Term Side Effects
Short-term symptoms and side effects can occur within hours to several weeks after exposure and can be fatal.
- Fast heart rate
- Fluid in the lungs
- Gastrointestinal problems (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Heart failure
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Lung scarring
- Muscle weakness
- Respiratory failure
Long-Term Side Effects
Even if you did not suffer the immediate effects of acute paraquat poisoning, prolonged exposure can lead to long-term side effects that can be detrimental to your health.
- Lung damage
- Lung scarring
- Kidney failure
- Heart failure
- Scarring of the esophagus
- Parkinson’s disease (from long-term exposure)
- Impaired lung function (from long-term exposure)
- Reproductive problems (from long-term exposure)
Currently, lawsuits are being filed by those who have developed Parkinson’s disease after prolonged exposure to Paraquat. If this has happened to you or a loved one, contact an attorney to find out if you qualify for a lawsuit. You deserve compensation and manufacturers of paraquat should be held accountable.
Were You Exposed to Paraquat For Long Periods of Time?
If you were exposed to Paraquat and have developed Parkinson’s disease, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Paraquat Lawsuit FAQs
Who Is Most Likely to Have Been Exposed to Paraquat?
People who are licensed paraquat applicators are at the greatest risk for exposure, but anyone who works in places where paraquat is used may be exposed.
This includes groundskeepers, farmers, growers, pickers and other agricultural workers.
Does Roundup® Contain Paraquat?
No, Roundup® does not contain Paraquat. Typically, Roundup® is farmers’ first line of defense but as weeds become more resistant, they may turn to Paraquat as it is a much more toxic herbicide.
Has Paraquat Been Banned in the United States?
No, Paraquat is not banned in the United States, but it is restricted to licensed professionals. Due to its toxicity, some lawmakers and activists have fought to get it banned, but they’ve not been successful.
What Happens Next?
The first step is to fill out our form or give us a call to see if you may qualify.
If you qualify, the next step is to sign up with one of our participating law firms, and a case review specialist will contact you for more information. They will handle everything from there – including gathering documentation, filing paperwork, and working to help you get the justice you deserve.
How Much Will A Lawsuit Cost Me?
Our partnering law firms work on a contingency fee basis. This means they are paid from the settlement or verdict amount, not from your pocket.
There are absolutely no upfront or out-of-pocket payments, and they don’t get paid unless you get paid.
Just fill out our form with a few details about your case and a case specialist will be in touch with you.
No Win, No Fee.
You don’t pay a penny unless you win your case.
About White Heart Legal
If you were exposed to Paraquat and have developed Parkinson’s disease, we want to help. Our participating law firms will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. You don’t owe a dime if they don’t win your case. Time is of the essence though. The sooner you call us, the better your chances are of getting the maximum payout. Get your free, one-on-one consultation today.
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If you were exposed to Paraquat and have developed Parkinson’s disease, you deserve justice, and we may be able to help.
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