Paraquat Parkinson’s Lawsuit Lawyer
If you or a loved one has Parkinson’s disease caused by exposure to paraquat, The Sam Bernstein Law Firm is ready to help.
If You Have Parkinson’s Disease Due to Paraquat Exposure, You May Receive Significant Compensation
For the past decade, several studies have shown a link between Parkinson’s disease and a widely used, extremely poisonous pesticide called paraquat. The product is so toxic that 32 countries have banned it entirely. In the United States, only certified technicians who have completed a thorough training program are allowed to use it. What’s more, paraquat is not only dangerous for those who work with it directly, the risk extends to families who live near farms and in farming communities.
If you have Parkinson’s disease or are experiencing symptoms after being exposed to paraquat, we can help. We know what it takes to build a winning case and we will fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.
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What is Paraquat and How is it Used?
Paraquat (pronounced para-kwat) dichloride is a powerful and highly toxic herbicide used extensively to kill weeds and invasive grasses on crops such as cotton, corn and soybeans. Due to its possible link to Parkinson’s disease and other disorders, paraquat products are banned in 32 countries.
However, as many crops become resistant to other weed-killing products, the use of paraquat in the U.S. has increased in recent years, despite its potential health and safety risks. The EPA considers paraquat a “Restricted Use Product,” a classification used for products with “the potential to cause unreasonable adverse effects to the environment and injury to applicators or bystanders without added restrictions.”
As such, paraquat may only be used by certified pesticide applicators who complete a specialized training program that includes information about the product’s toxicity and the consequences of misuse. Non-certified workers may not use paraquat under any circumstances, including mixing, loading and applying the product, even when supervised by a certified applicator.
In addition to Paraquat Concentrate®, paraquat is used in other products marketed under some of the following names:
- Cyclone SL 2.0®
- Helmquat 3SL®
- Para-Shot 3.0®
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What are the Health and Safety Risks Associated with Paraquat?
Paraquat has such a high level of toxicity that ingesting even a sip can be fatal. Additionally, paraquat poisoning, which can lead to lung damage and other serious conditions, can occur from skin contact or inhalation.
Furthermore, research shows chronic exposure to paraquat can cause damage to the nervous system, increasing the risk of Parkinson’s disease and other motor disorders.
In a 2011 study published by the National Institutes of Health showed individuals exposed to paraquat were 2.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those with no exposure.
Other research in the U.S. and other parts of the world have revealed similar data connecting paraquat to Parkinson’s disease. Moreover, exposure to paraquat in conjunction with another potent fungicide known as maneb increased the risk of Parkinson’s disease by a shocking 75%, according to a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
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Who is Most Likely to Be Affected By Exposure to Paraquat?
Anyone who is exposed to paraquat or other products containing the pesticide on a regular and/or long-term basis may be at risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease or other serious health conditions. This includes individuals who work with paraquat in any capacity, including mixing, loading or spraying the product as well as those who live in close proximity to places that use the pesticide.
Here are the categories of people most likely to be affected by the pesticide:
- Farmers and farm workers
- Paraquat applicators
- Chemical mixers and tank fillers
- Families living near farms or in farming communities
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What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that causes movement (motor) disorders such as stiffness and tremors as well as non-motor conditions that include depression, cognitive impairment and insomnia. Symptoms, which can take several years to develop, vary according to the individual.
The symptoms generally worsen over time as the disease progresses, causing significant mental and physical changes that can impact the ability to function independently.
While there is no cure for the disease, various treatment options such as medication and, in some cases, surgery can help relieve symptoms.
What are the Common Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease or Motor Loss Function?
- Hand tremors
- Prolonged or extreme limb stiffness
- Slow body movements and reflexes (Bradykinesia)
- Loss of balance
- Difficulty walking or speaking
- Lack of facial expression
- Soft or slurred speech
- Reduced handwriting size
- General fatigue or dizziness
- Amnesia or confusion, especially during evening hours
- Sleep disturbances
What Should I Do if My Health is Suffering Due to Paraquat Exposure?
First, see your doctor for a thorough medical evaluation if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. Like most diseases, treatment for Parkinson’s and similar conditions is most effective when the disorder is detected in the early stages.
Then, call one of our knowledgeable Paraquat Lawsuit Attorneys as soon as possible if you are ill or have been diagnosed with a condition related to paraquat exposure, regardless of when your symptoms began
Don’t Let the Legal Clock Run Out: Call An Experienced Paraquat Lawsuit Attorney Today
Paraquat lawsuits can result in substantial compensation for victims of this toxic pesticide. However, Michigan has a strict time limit, or statute of limitations, for product liability claims. If you fail to meet the prescribed deadlines, you can lose the chance to recover the damages you deserve, no matter how strong the case.
Product liability law is complicated, but finding the right Paraquat Parkinson's Lawsuit attorney is simple.
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