LAWYERS TO FIGHT FOR PARAQUAT PARKINSON’S INJURY CLAIM
The popular herbicide paraquat is used worldwide. The problem with this is that paraquat is a highly dangerous herbicide.
Individuals employed in scientific fields have recognized that the herbicide paraquatis intensely toxic. The herbicide is so poisonousthat one sip of paraquat can kill a person. However, recently, evidence has been amassed showing that recurring exposure to the herbicide in small doses may be linked to the onset of Parkinson’s disease.
Results of one study indicated that exposure to the harmful herbicide paraquat increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease by 150%.
More than sixty countries worldwide have banned paraquat use. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has taken minimal action to restrict the use of paraquat, notwithstanding growing worries about health and legal claims made over the connection the herbicide has with Parkinson’s Disease. The main company responsible for production of paraquat disagrees that there is a link between the chemical and Parkinson’s disease.
The denial by Syngenta does not matter because paraquat use is expanding in the U.S. and farm workers continue to face the risks of daily exposure. Many agricultural workers have already filed legal claims that they were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease because of exposure to paraquat at work
and that Syngenta did not properly warn people about the serious risk posed.
What are the immediate side effects of exposure to paraquat?
The chemical herbicide is used by people working in agriculture in the raising of food crops.
The use of the dangerous herbicide has increased substantially over the last ten years and is projected to continue to expand due to weed types that have developed a resistance to Roundup. Farmers use more than 10 million pounds of the herbicide on crops each year.
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.
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.
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.