The number of paraquat product liability claims is growing
It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to warn consumers of the known dangers and risks associated with their products. When companies fail to inform users of the risks, which is the case of paraquat manufacturers, they potentially threaten the lives of any person who uses their product. Crop dusters, farmworkers, herbicide applicators, chemical mixers, tank fillers and residents of nearby communities, who have worked with paraquat and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease are now beginning to file product liability claims alleging the following:
- paraquat is a highly toxic product for human beings and makers failed to warn them of the dangers of being exposed to it
- manufacturers failed to adequately research the potential health risks presented by paraquat
- misrepresenting the safety of paraquat and negligently disregarding the potential paraquat risks
Additionally, the work conditions - hot/humid climate, lack of adequate personal protective equipment, leaking/clogged equipment, continuous use, lack of washing facilities, lack of training/awareness, and lack of medical facilities - made its use particularly hazardous. Paraquat was often mistakenly ingested because containers for drinking water and storage or mixing of paraquat were confused, and the herbicides have been found available in stores in re-packed containers without proper labeling.
Because weeds are becoming more and more resistant to glyphosate, sold under the brand name of Roundup, which is another toxic herbicide, it is estimated that the employment of paraquat will increase within the following years. This will inevitably lead to a larger number of Parkinson’s disease cases, as paraquat exposure has a strong causal relationship to the development of this condition. A medical study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that any exposure to paraquat, whether it is in the workplace or in close proximity to your home, increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 75%.
If one of your family members worked with paraquat or was around it and came to struggle with Parkinson’s disease, we strongly encourage you to contact our legal team, as we specialize in toxic exposure and will gladly help them recover the compensation they deserve from the liable manufacturers by filing a claim on their behalf. It is important to know that you can seek compensation for your family member even if they have not used paraquat themselves but lived nearby a farming community that has. At the moment, approximately 60,000 people receive a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease every year throughout the United States, but the number of cases is expected to increase dramatically within the following years, as the use of paraquat is becoming more and more prevalent. So far we have filed over 1,000 paraquat claims.
The safety measures proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency for paraquat use
Because there is no doubt that paraquat is a very toxic herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency has recently come up with a series of new safety measures. The purpose of these protective measures is to decrease the extent of exposure to paraquat and represent a very important step in ensuring the wellbeing of agricultural workers who use the herbicide, as well as that of the people who live in close proximity to farming communities where the herbicide is used. The following are the safety measures proposed by the agency:
- the prohibition of aerial application of paraquat for most users with the exception of cotton desiccation
- the prohibition of pressurized handgun and backpack sprayer application methods on labels
- the addition of mandatory sprat drift management language on labels
- the limitation of the maximum application rate for alfalfa to one pound of active ingredient per acre
- the requirement of enclosed cabs if the area treated in a 24-hour period is more than 80 acres
- the requirement of enclosed cabs or PF10 respirators if the area treated in a 24-hour period is 80 acres or less
- the requirement of a residential area drift buffer and 7-day for cotton desiccation
- the requirement of a 48-hour restricted entry interval for all crops and uses except cotton desiccation
Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to allow truck drivers who are not certified applicators of paraquat to transport the herbicide only when certain criteria are met. Hopefully, these requirements will come into effect soon and we will subsequently see a decrease in the number of people who develop Parkinson’s disease as a result of paraquat exposure.
The amount of compensation you will receive after you file a paraquat claim will depend on how much distress Parkinson's disease is causing you in your everyday life, whether you need assistance with performing daily tasks, and the medical expenses incurred by your diagnosis.
Although exposure to paraquat can cause many health problems as it damages the lungs, heart, adrenal glands, liver, muscles, and spleen, we are only evaluating cases for clients with a confirmed diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
Only financial compensation is available for victims of paraquat exposure, which they can obtain after filing a toxic exposure claim with the liable manufacturers of the herbicide. The sum of money will depend on aspects such as exposure levels, the severity of your illness, the extent of pain and suffering, and if you experienced lost earning capacity caused by your brain disorder.
If you intend to file a paraquat claim, you need to meet certain eligibility criteria, including significant exposure to the herbicide and a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. It would help if you also kept in mind that these claims have a statute of limitations that depend on your state of residence.
While paraquat poisoning can lead to numerous serious health problems, such as heart failure and kidney failure, paraquat exposure has a strong causal relation with Parkinson’s disease. Thereby, only people who have this diagnosis can file a paraquat claim.
You are eligible for compensation if you or a family member developed Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to the commercial herbicide paraquat as a farmer, agricultural laborer, or crop-duster. Our team of experts has decades of experience and a proven track record of achieving great results for our clients.
No, you do not need to join a class-action lawsuit if you want to recover compensation for Parkinson's disease that occurred due to paraquat exposure. However, if this is the situation of one of your family members, you are eligible for filing a claim for compensation on their behalf.
Since it was first introduced in 1962, paraquat has been sold by Chevron Chemical Company, Syngenta, and other companies under a variety of brand names. Farmers and agricultural workers who were adversely affected by paraquat or families of those who died thereafter can pursue a compensation claim.
The exposure of farmers and agricultural workers to paraquat during mixing and spraying has immediate toxic effects such as eye injury, nosebleed, irritation, and burns of the skin. However, in recent years, an increasing number of scientific studies have pointed to a less immediately apparent effect of paraquat exposure—Parkinson’s disease.