The link between paraquat exposure and Parkinson’s disease
Overall, the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease as a result of frequent exposure to paraquat is 250% higher in people who regularly use it than in the general population. A medical study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2009 revealed that any exposure to paraquat within 1,600 feet of a home increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 75%. Furthermore, another study conducted on individuals exposed to paraquat at a young age found that the risk of the participants coming to struggle with Parkinson’s disease increased by 200% to 600%. Lastly, in a more recent study from 2021, prolonged, low-level inhalation of paraquat entailed a considerable risk of Parkinson’s disease in mice.
In the summer of 2019, Representative Nydia Velasquez introduced the Protect Against Paraquat Act, whose purpose was to forbid the use of this herbicide in the country. The Environmental Protection Agency has recently begun reviewing the dangers of paraquat exposure and is to make a decision at the end of 2022. When other risk factors are present in people who use paraquat on a regular basis, such as genetic predisposition and exposure to the fungicide maneb and the insecticide rotenone, the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease is even higher. According to a 2011 study conducted by the National Institute of Health, there was a 2.5-fold increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease as a consequence of paraquat exposure.
It is important to know that if you were exposed to paraquat and subsequently developed Parkinson’s disease, you are eligible for compensation, which our skillful attorneys can help you recover. With over 25 years of experience in helping people whose health was affected by toxic exposure, our legal team has the necessary resources and knowledge to obtain the most favorable outcome possible for your case.
Who is at the highest risk of developing Parkinson’s disease as a result of paraquat exposure?
Everyone who worked with or was frequently around paraquat is at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, as this herbicide is very toxic. The majority of people who use paraquat are agricultural workers. However, there are some categories of people who have the highest risk of developing Parkinson’s disease as a consequence of prolonged exposure to paraquat, which refers to the following:
Consequently, agricultural workers are not the only category of people who are at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease following paraquat exposure. If you notice the symptoms of this condition in a family member with a history of paraquat exposure, we strongly advise you to encourage them to seek medical attention. Because Parkinson’s disease is often misdiagnosed, your family member may need to look for a second and even a third opinion from medical specialists if they do not receive a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease after their initial appointment. It is important to keep in mind that only individuals who struggle with Parkinson’s disease are eligible for compensation if they were exposed to paraquat.