Paraquat exposure can result in devastating health consequences
Non-selective herbicides like paraquat are chemicals that are designed to eliminate all plants or grass species to which it is applied.
However, paraquat is lethally toxic to humans, as the current labeling states, "One Sip Can Kill." Therefore, in 2017, the EPA substantially changed the conditions of paraquat use.
Earlier, anyone could mix and apply the highly hazardous herbicide under a certified applicator's supervision. Unfortunately, this means that hundreds of thousands of agricultural workers, none of whom had training or certification, mixed and applied paraquat for years without possibly understanding the dangers.
Furthermore, overspray has unintentionally exposed farmers who did not mix or apply paraquat. According to published medical literature, these workers were at more than twice the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than the general public. Even had they received training, they would not be aware of the risk because manufacturers like Chevron Chemical Company and Syngenta have never included a Parkinson’s risk in their labeling for paraquat.
Our legal experts file claims on behalf of those who have been affected by paraquat
Paraquat dichloride (commonly known as paraquat) is one of the most commonly used herbicides globally. The primary route of exposure to the chemical compound is occupational exposure, including during the mixing, loading, and paraquat application during post-application processes.
If you or a loved one was exposed to paraquat, please contact our law firm today as you may be entitled to financial compensation. Compensation may be available through a claim for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease following exposure to the toxic herbicide, including:
- agricultural workers
- herbicide applicators
- chemical mixers
- tank fillers