Parkinson's Claims

Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide that has been used throughout the United States since 1962. It is employed for weed and grass control on more than 100 crops. However, exposure to paraquat has a strong causal relation with Parkinson’s disease, as people who are in frequent or prolonged contact with this herbicide have a significantly higher risk of developing it. If you came to struggle with Parkinson’s disease as a consequence of paraquat exposure, you are eligible for compensation from the liable manufacturers. Our attorneys, who specialize in toxic exposure, will help you file a claim to obtain the money you deserve for your suffering.

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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.

We provide quality legal assistance to people injured by paraquat exposure

With over 25 years of experience in providing quality legal assistance to people injured by toxic exposure, our attorneys are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve if you used paraquat on a regular basis and subsequently received a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. There are no homeowner uses and no products registered for application in residential areas because paraquat formulations are classified as restricted use by the U.S. EPA due to their acute toxicity. Consequently, only those directly exposed to paraquat in their workplace and families living around farming communities are eligible for compensation from the liable companies. Although the legal process is complex and tedious, your involvement will be minimal, as we are aware that most of our clients are in great physical and emotional suffering. Thereby, you will only need to send our legal experts evidence of your paraquat use, as well as your medical records as proof of related diagnosis. Within several months to one year following claim submission, you will receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to from all the liable companies who manufactured the herbicide you were exposed to. For more information, please feel free to contact our law firm and we will gladly answer your questions.

Studies linking paraquat with Parkinson’s disease date back years, however, manufacturers failed to warn

Businesses that make or sell products, including manufacturers of pesticides such as paraquat, are obligated to bring products to market that do not pose an unreasonable danger to users and are free from defects. When a product is characterized by risks known to its manufacturer, adequate warnings must be provided to potential purchasers and users, and when that does not happen, it is important that corporations be held fully accountable for the health consequences that follow.

The high toxicity of paraquat to living cells of all types creates a substantial risk of harm to persons exposed to it, which the companies that manufactured the herbicide should have known in the duty to exercise care.

Parkinson's disease is often misdiagnosed

Regardless of the cause, Parkinson’s disease is often misdiagnosed, as the symptoms of this brain disorder mimic those of other similar conditions. According to surveys, up to 30% of people who struggle with Parkinson’s disease initially receive a wrong diagnosis. In other words, 1 in 4 individuals with this brain disorder are misdiagnosed. For this reason, seeking a second and even a third opinion from different medical specialists is crucial if you have a history of paraquat exposure, as Parkinson’s disease is the only diagnosis for which you can file a paraquat claim. Nevertheless, because people with this condition are usually unaware of their symptoms, their family members need to keep a close eye on their health and look out for the symptoms of this brain disorder. The conditions Parkinson’s disease is most frequently mistaken for are the following:

Timeline of paraquat link to Parkinson's disease

Over the past 20 years, the scientific community has stepped up its examination of the health effects of long-term exposure to paraquat, and specifically the risk of Parkinson’s disease.

According to a June 2019 article in Environmental Health, paraquat is banned across much of the world due to the unreasonable risk of Parkinson’s disease but still used widely and in growing amounts in the United States. The timeline of notable events pre-2019 paints a revealing picture.

1997- the EPA announced that the primary route of exposure to paraquat is occupational exposure, including during the mixing, loading, and application, or during post-application processes. The agency further suggested that such exposure is also possible for individuals who live near farms where the herbicide is used.

2009 – new research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology revealed that exposure to paraquat within 1,600 feet of one’s home increased the risk of Parkinson’s disease by a whopping 75 percent.

2011 - the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in association with the National Institutes of Health, conducted a study showing that individuals who were exposed to the herbicide paraquat -  most notable agricultural workers - were 2.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as a result than those who did not.

2014 - the Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology published the review of five case-control studies that revealed a greater risk of Parkinson’s disease in individuals who had experienced exposure to paraquat.

2016 - the EPA announced it would be re-evaluating the health risks with paraquat, including the potential link to Parkinson's disease.

2017 - the Foundation's Unified Parkinson's Advocacy Council sent a letter to the EPA, signed by all members of the council, in advance of the agency’s Paraquat registration review, listing a number of facts that connect paraquat exposure to the development of Parkinson’s disease symptoms and pathology, and concluded by urging the EPA to deny paraquat’s reregistration.

2018 - the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program published its protocol for a review of Paraquat dichloride exposure and Parkinson’s disease. The review will attempt to map evidence that associates the herbicide with Parkinson’s disease, based on the many studies that have linked paraquat exposure and the long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.

2019 - the EPA conducted a human health risk assessment in which it identified the risks to agricultural workers who apply paraquat or enter fields treated after paraquat application.

June 2020 - A new study published in Environmental Health, examined the relationship between estimated residential exposure to agricultural chemical application and premature mortality from neurodegenerative diseases, and found an increased all-cause mortality risk in Parkinson's disease patients with occupational exposure to pesticides, including paraquat.

The predicted number of people in the U.S. living with Parkinson’s disease will rise from nearly one million to 1.2 million by 2030, based on a recent study conducted by the Parkinson’s Foundation Parkinson’s Prevalence Project. Occupational exposure to highly hazardous pesticides like paraquat involves a 50% increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Common questions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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