Paraquat Claims

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As a highly toxic herbicide for weed and grass control, paraquat is frequently used in operations that focus on commercial crops. However, because it is a hazardous substance, paraquat is a restricted use herbicide, which means that only certified licensed applicators can purchase and use it for crops such as potatoes, cotton, soybeans, peanuts, sugarcane, and vegetables. It is worthy of note that paraquat poisoning and paraquat exposure are different, as the former occurs immediately, whereas the latter is a cumulative process. If you were exposed to paraquat as an applicator or someone working closely with a paraquat applicator and developed Parkinson's disease, you are eligible to file a claim to recover financial compensation.

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What happens when you are exposed to paraquat?

People exposed to paraquat have increased Parkinson risk

Since 1962, paraquat has been widely used throughout the United States for weed and grass control, as it is a very strong herbicide. However, paraquat is also highly toxic, which often makes poisoning fatal. Even a single sip of paraquat can kill you.

Nevertheless, there is a difference between paraquat poisoning and paraquat exposure. While the former results in immediate symptoms, such as pain and swelling of the mouth and throat, the latter occurs gradually and can eventually lead to Parkinson's disease over the years.

Because once paraquat enters the body, it will travel throughout your system to vital organs, including the brain, the risk of developing Parkinson's disease as a result of exposure is very high, particularly if you use the herbicide yourself.

There is a strong connection between exposure to paraquat and Parkinson's disease. It is important to know that people with a history of paraquat exposure will slowly develop Parkinson's disease, as this brain disorder is progressive and the symptoms tend to worsen over time. The following are the early signs of the disease you should look for in a family member who was exposed to paraquat so that you can timely take them to a medical specialist to have their health assessed:

  • tremor in the finger, thumb hand, or chin
  • small handwriting
  • loss of smell
  • difficulty sleeping
  • trouble moving or walking
  • stooping or hunching over
  • a soft or low voice
  • masked face
  • dizziness or fainting

When a person is exposed to paraquat, the herbicide will travel through the stomach or the lungs and eventually reach a part of the brain medically known as the substantia nigra pars compacta. It is responsible for releasing dopamine, a crucial neurotransmitter that has a very important role in how we experience pleasure. When paraquat reaches this area of the brain, it will deplete the neurons that produce dopamine, a process that is associated with Parkinson's disease. The damage caused by paraquat to the neurons that release dopamine will ultimately result in the impairment of certain essential brain functions.

What companies manufacture paraquat and what are the brand names of this herbicide?

Syngenta is a well-known chemical maker

Prolonged exposure to paraquat is known to cause Parkinson’s disease in agricultural workers by increasing their risk of developing this condition by 250%.

In the United States, a major paraquat manufacturer is Syngenta.

However, there may be other, more obscure companies that manufacture this herbicide. Similarly, the paraquat you use may be imported and thereby manufactured by a company outside of the country.

Paraquat is sold under the following brand names throughout the US:

If your family member worked with paraquat, you need to keep a close eye on their health, as they have a significant risk of coming to struggle with Parkinson’s disease. If they already have this diagnosis and have a history of occupational paraquat use, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm, as we specialize in toxic exposure and we can help you as a family member recover the financial compensation they are entitled to from the liable manufacturers.

Paraquat exposure claims for family members diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

With over 30 years of experience in pursuing compensation on behalf of victims of toxic exposure, our attorneys are ready to provide you with quality legal assistance if you were exposed to paraquat after 1962 and subsequently developed Parkinson's disease. It is important to know that only the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease makes you eligible to seek compensation from the liable manufacturers. We accept cases nationwide. Although the legal process is quite complex and tedious, it will require minimal involvement on your part and a family member can help you navigate it, as we are aware that most of our clients are in great physical and emotional distress. We will file your claim with all the responsible paraquat manufacturers so that you will receive the maximum amount of compensation available for your disease. If you have a family member who was exposed to paraquat and shows symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, we advise you to reach out to our legal team, as we have the necessary knowledge and resources to help you determine whether they are eligible for filing a claim. For additional information, please feel free to contact us and we will promptly answer your questions.

The number of paraquat product liability claims is growing

Paraquat lawsuits amounts

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 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 help them recover the compensation they deserve from the liable manufacturers by filing a claim on their behalf. 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

EPA allowed the continued use of paraquat

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 well-being 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.