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If you’re dealing with the repercussions of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and suspect that paraquat exposure could be the cause, you must act promptly to protect your legal rights.

At Gregg M. Goldfarb, LLP, we take your health, your well-being, and your pursuit of the compensation you deserve seriously. We collaborate with top-tier law firms well-versed in handling complex paraquat Parkinson’s mass tort cases to bring you compassionate and effective representation. Understanding your options and taking legal action could be your path to obtaining the financial assistance you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Contact our firm now to arrange your free consultation with a paraquat Parkinson’s lawsuit attorney and explore your legal options.

What Is Paraquat?

Paraquat is a highly toxic chemical compound primarily used as an herbicide in agriculture. First synthesized in the early 1960s, it gained popularity due to its effectiveness in controlling a wide range of weeds and grasses. Paraquat is a common alternative to glyphosate-based herbicides. It is popular among farmers for its quick action and non-selective properties, meaning it kills nearly all plants it comes into contact with.

Paraquat is highly restricted and regulated in many countries, including the European Union, due to its acute toxicity to humans and animals. Paraquat can be fatal when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin, even in small amounts. Additionally, there is growing concern over its potential link to Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition, further fueling debates about its safety and legality.

Is Paraquat Poisonous?

Yes. Paraquat presents acute health risks if it is ingested, inhaled, or comes in contact with skin. The United States requires paraquat manufacturers to include multiple safety features during production to mitigate these risks. Manufacturers dye paraquat blue and give it a pungent odor so it’s not easy to confuse with other substances. It also contains an emetic agent to induce vomiting if someone accidentally consumes it.

If paraquat enters the system, it circulates throughout the body, causing harmful chemical reactions primarily in the lungs, liver, and kidneys. Lung cells often selectively accumulate paraquat, meaning the lungs are a major target for toxicity. Paraquat also causes direct harm to the mucous linings of the mouth, stomach, and intestines upon contact.

What Are the Side Effects of Paraquat Exposure?

Exposure to paraquat is a serious health concern, with immediate and long-term side effects that can vary based on the amount ingested. Consuming large quantities can cause immediate discomfort, including pain and swelling in the mouth and throat. Subsequently, severe digestive issues like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea can occur. These gastrointestinal issues can contribute to other concerning symptoms like dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and low blood pressure.

For those exposed to smaller amounts, symptoms often manifest over days or weeks and include heart, kidney, or liver failure and possible lung scarring. In contrast, exposure to larger quantities can cause acute organ failure, seizures, and even coma within hours or days. Other possible symptoms include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Direct heart injury
  • Accelerated lung scarring
  • Muscle weakness
  • Respiratory failure
  • Fluid in the lungs

What Herbicides Contain Paraquat?

Paraquat is an active ingredient in several herbicides sold under various brand names. Due to its toxic nature, paraquat-containing products are subject to strict regulations, and using them typically requires specialized training and protective equipment. Below is a list of common herbicides containing paraquat:

  • Gramoxone
  • Parazone
  • Ortho-Paraquat
  • Purgatory
  • Drexel Quik-Quat
  • Firestorm
  • Para-shot
  • Paraq
  • Helmquat
  • Blanco
  • Devour
  • Cyclone
  • Sweep
  • Willowood Paraquat
  • Bonedry
  • Solera Paraquat
  • Tigris Paraquat

What Is the Link Between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease?

The links between paraquat exposure and the onset of Parkinson’s disease have garnered significant attention from the scientific and legal communities in recent years. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by symptoms like tremors, bradykinesia (slowed movement), rigidity, and impaired balance. While the exact cause of the disease is still under investigation, researchers believe exposure to certain environmental toxins like paraquat elevates the risk of Parkinson’s.

Animal studies have demonstrated that paraquat exposure can lead to neurological changes resembling those observed in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Epidemiological research also suggests that individuals exposed to paraquat are more likely to develop this condition. Although numerous studies support the link between paraquat and Parkinson’s, the scientific consensus remains inconclusive. Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintained that there is no proven association between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease.

Despite the lack of scientific consensus, emerging evidence has led to a surge in mass tort litigation against the manufacturers of paraquat-based herbicides. Many plaintiffs seek compensation for their losses, alleging manufacturers failed to adequately warn about the risks of paraquat exposure.

Who Could Be Affected by Paraquat Exposure?

The primary risk group for paraquat exposure consists of those who handle and apply the herbicide. But secondary exposure can occur through various means, so a diverse group of individuals can be at risk of exposure, including the following:

  • Farm Workers – The most directly at-risk group, these individuals mix, load, and apply paraquat-based herbicides. Without proper safety measures, they can face exposure through direct skin contact, inhalation, or even accidental ingestion.
  • Farm Owners – While they might not be directly involved in applying herbicides, farm owners can still get exposed, especially if they participate in farming activities or live near treated fields.
  • Pesticide Applicators – Professionals who apply pesticides and herbicides, including paraquat, in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings are also at risk of exposure.
  • Residents Near Agricultural Fields – People living close to fields where paraquat is regularly applied could be at risk through airborne particles or contamination of local water sources.
  • Consumers – While less direct, there’s always a concern about paraquat residue on crops that go to consumers, especially if the produce is not washed or cooked properly.
  • Workers in Manufacturing Plants – Those involved in the production, packaging, or transport of paraquat-containing herbicides also face exposure risks.
  • Cleanup Crews – Workers responsible for cleaning up spills or improper disposal of paraquat or equipment used in its application can inhale or come into direct contact with the chemical.
  • Research Scientists – Researchers studying paraquat or those involved in the development of new herbicide formulations could face exposure risks.
  • Water Treatment Workers – If paraquat leaches into groundwater or enters water systems, those responsible for water treatment or management could be affected.
  • Conservationists – People who work in environments that might have been contaminated by paraquat, such as wetlands or other natural habitats, face secondary exposure risks.

What Are the Paraquat Parkinson’s Lawsuits All About?

Paraquat Parkinson’s lawsuits are legal claims brought forth by individuals (plaintiffs) who have developed Parkinson’s disease following exposure to the herbicide paraquat. The plaintiffs in these lawsuits generally argue that the manufacturers failed to adequately warn about the risks associated with paraquat exposure, particularly its potential link to Parkinson’s disease.

These cases aim to secure compensation for the plaintiffs to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional suffering. Many of these lawsuits are currently in progress, and some have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL). MDL is a legal process that consolidates individual cases with similar claims from different jurisdictions into a single federal court for pretrial proceedings.

What Compensation Could You Be Able to Recover in a Paraquat Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one developed Parkinson’s disease due to paraquat exposure, you could be entitled to compensation for various types of losses, including the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Travel expenses for medical care
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Wrongful death

Is There a Time Limit to File a Paraquat Claim?

Yes. The specific time frame for filing a paraquat claim varies by jurisdiction, but it usually ranges from one to several years from the date of your Parkinson’s diagnosis. Missing a legal filing deadline could result in losing your right to take legal action. This is why it’s so important to consult a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible if you suspect you have a paraquat case. A lawyer can identify the applicable time limits for your case and ensure everything gets filed on time.

How Can a Lawyer Help with Your Paraquat Parkinson’s Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has developed Parkinson’s disease and suspect it may be linked to paraquat exposure, an experienced lawyer can help you by:

  • Conducting an initial case evaluation to assess the merits of your claim
  • Investigating the history of the paraquat product involved
  • Identifying medical evidence linking your Parkinson’s diagnosis to paraquat exposure
  • Interviewing witnesses who can testify about the circumstances of your exposure
  • Working with chemists and medical experts to strengthen your case
  • Calculating the full extent of your losses, including medical bills and lost wages
  • Communicating with the defendants’ attorneys to negotiate a possible settlement
  • Preparing and filing a lawsuit on your behalf if negotiations stall
  • Coordinating with other plaintiffs if your case becomes part of a class action

Contact a Paraquat Parkinson’s Lawsuit Attorney Today

Don’t allow another day to pass without taking action. Every moment counts when it comes to seeking fair compensation and standing up to big corporations like paraquat manufacturers. Reach out to Gregg M. Goldfarb, LLP today. Learn more about your options in a free, comprehensive consultation with a paraquat Parkinson’s lawsuit lawyer.