Paraquat makers failed to warn users of the increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease

By Treven Pyles

Posted on March 09th, 2021

Studies showing that paraquat greatly increases the risk of a person developing Parkinson's disease date back years. Paraquat manufacturers should have issued warnings about the link between the two. Thousands of claims are now being filed by individuals who used paraquat on a regular basis and were subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

As the dangers associated with paraquat become more well-known, people are filing claims for the injuries they have sustained. Manufacturers across the country have a responsibility to warn consumers of any risk their products may pose. Makers of paraquat herbicide failed to do so. Due to this negligent behavior, the companies that manufactured paraquat can be held liable for any injuries or death their products have caused.

The legal team at Environmental Litigation Group P.C. are now evaluating legal claims on behalf of those who developed Parkinson's disease as a result of the herbicide's use.

Science supports your claim that paraquat exposure caused you the development of Parkinson's disease:

  • In 2011, research by the National Institutes of Health found that people who used paraquat developed Parkinson's disease 2.5 times more often than non-users;
  • A 2009 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology revealed that exposure to paraquat within 1640 feet of a home increases Parkinson's disease risk for the home's residents by 75%;
  • Additional studies found that the risk of developing Parkinson's disease can increase by 200 to 600 percent for young adults or teenagers who were exposed to paraquat, depending on their length of exposure.

A claim over health problems linked to using paraquat rely on a number of liability elements

People who used the weed killer paraquat put their entire communities at risk simply because the dangers were not known by them. Well-meaning farmworkers, herbicide applicators, chemical mixers, and tank fillers, may incorrectly assume that simply because a chemical is made available it is safe to use.

Parkinson's disease is one of the most concerning risks associated with paraquat exposure, as the manufacturers of paraquat-based herbicides have failed to ensure that farmworkers and others exposed to the weed killer were adequately warned about the serious health risks associated with the herbicide.

Several claims have been filed against the paraquat manufacturers alleging the following:

  • Chevron Chemical Company, Syngenta, and other manufacturers of paraquat-based herbicides failed to properly warn about the neurological risks of their products and were negligent in their manufacturing;
  • the manufacturers knew or reasonably should have known about the risk, yet withheld warnings from consumers;
  • the manufacturers knew or reasonably should have known that users would not realize the exposal consequences;
  • the manufacturer's negligence and failure to warn was a substantial factor in causing the claimant's harm;
  • the lack of a sufficient warning was a substantial factor in causing the claimant's harm;
  • paraquat had risks that were known in light of the scientific knowledge that was generally accepted in the scientific community at the time of manufacture, distribution, and sale;
  • the potential risks presented a substantial danger when paraquat was used or misused in an intended or reasonably foreseeable way.

Additionally, paraquat may be misbranded, failing to advise users of exposal consequences, despite the U.S. EPA's determination that paraquat met Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) registration criteria.

We can help you secure the compensation you deserve and need to help in your recovery from the liable companies

Because of the manufacturer's failure to disclose information about the link between Parkinson's disease and paraquat exposure, a large number of farmers and agricultural workers developed severe brain disorders after years of spraying the toxic herbicide. Even when safety precautions provided by the manufacturers were followed, these workers faced high risks from handling, transporting, mixing, or applying the weed killer.

The legal team at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. are reviewing claims for farmers, herbicide applicators, chemical mixers, and tank fillers exposed to paraquat and later diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. With over 25 years of experience in providing quality legal assistance to people injured by toxic exposure, our legal experts can hold the manufacturers of paraquat-based herbicides accountable for the harmful effects of their products.

If you have been exposed to paraquat anywhere in the United States, contact one of our experts at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. By filing a claim, we can't reverse your diagnosis, but we can help you recover proper financial compensation to improve your quality of life.