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.
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.