Paraquat application requires applicators who are certified, each who has participated in rigorous Environmental Protection Agency-approved training. No homeowner can use paraquat and it is not meant for use in residential communities or around:
Is there an identifiable connection between a patient with Parkinson’s disease and exposure to paraquat?
Studies have concluded that people who use the herbicide paraquat are likely to receive a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis in the future. Not only are agricultural workers at risk, but those who reside where paraquat is applied are also at riskbecause the wind can transport airborne chemicals into residential areas. Despite ample information, the parent company responsible for the herbicide refuses to acknowledge the risks and continues to expose thousands of people to the hazardous chemical.
What is the connection between the herbicide paraquat and Parkinson’s disease?
Numerous professional scientific studies have linked the herbicide to Parkinson’s disease. A 2011 scientific study of farmers in the United States found that farmers who used paraquat were two times as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as those who did not use the dangerous chemical. Additional research has shown that cumulative paraquat exposure over extended periods increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s. Information published by Louisiana State University showed that zip codes near farmland where paraquat is used resulted in an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s in the future.
Professionals believe that a shortage of dopamine causes Parkinson’s disease. Research studies have shown that paraquat will kill dopamine-producing nerve cells in brain tissue. Inhalation of aerosolized paraquat droplets provides the herbicide a direct path to the brain. However, it is important to understand that paraquat could end up in the brain after it is ingested or through accident skin exposure.
Who will develop Parkinson’s from exposure to Paraquat?
Individuals who work in agriculture who directly work with and around the dangerous chemical are at the highest risk of being directly exposed to paraquat. Exposure will most likely occur in the following ways:
The risk of an exposure to paraquat is not limited to people who work on farms. Available evidence suggests that paraquat will drift from the site of application to nearby residential communities. Paraquat may seep into the ground or water sources and even cause damage to agricultural products sold for human consumption.
Action Legal Group works on paraquat legal claims
Risks posed by the dangerous chemical paraquat have been known for years, but agricultural companies kept using the toxic herbicide, prioritizing the bottom line over health
Action Legal Group can help you review your legal options and fight to get you compensation to which you may be entitled. We can help you determine paraquat claim eligibility and work with you throughout the legal matter, hopefully leading to you receiving a settlement.
If a loved one or a family member has received a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis after possibly being exposed to the herbicide, call Action Legal Group at 813-296-6401 or complete a request for a free paraquat legal case review.