Paraquat is a common herbicide. However, scientific studies link long-term paraquat exposure to Parkinson’s disease. If you or a person you care about has suffered Parkinson’s disease due to prolonged paraquat exposure, you are eligible to pursue monetary compensation for your damages.
Claims that result from paraquat exposure are generally product liability claims. In those actions, a consumer typically alleges that a product manufacturer did something wrong under the given circumstances. You will benefit from Nadrich & Cohen on your case when settling or litigating a personal injury case under the umbrella of product liability. We are experts.
The insurance companies that represent product manufacturers are extremely experienced and will do everything possible to deny your claim or severely limit your monetary recovery. Since the insurance company will have experienced, expensive attorneys on their side, you may want lawyers representing you as well. We stand up to large corporations and their deep pockets. We charge a reasonable fee to hire us, and don’t charge a fee unless and until we obtain a financial recovery.
If you experienced complications from paraquat exposure, you should look no further than the Fresno paraquat lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen. We have over 250 cases. Our legal teams have recovered more than $350 million for our clients. This includes compensation that we recovered in product liability cases like yours.
Our legal team understands the court system in Fresno County, California, and will advocate for your legal interests, both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom, if a trial becomes necessary.
Please call us today for a free consultation if you or a person you care about is suffering from Parkinson’s disease symptoms that you believe are due to paraquat exposure. Our legal team will review all the circumstances and facts of your potential claim and will get back to you promptly.
Our legal team will stand up to the companies that sold you a dangerous product, so please reach out today.
Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers
Fresno, CA 93703
Table of Contents
- What Products Contain Paraquat?
- Potential Symptoms Associated With Parkinson’s Disease
- The Basis for a Claim Following Paraquat Exposure
- Paraquat Settlements and Lawsuits in Fresno
- Potential Damages in Paraquat Product Liability Cases
- How Nadrich & Cohen Will Help with Your Paraquat Case in Fresno
- Nadrich & Cohen Has Countless Positive Testimonials
- Talk to a Knowledgeable and Compassionate Fresno Paraquat Lawyer about Your Situation Today
What Products Contain Paraquat?
Paraquat isn’t exactly a household name. So, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may wonder whether a specific product harmed you. As noted, paraquat is (and was used) in many herbicides, including:
- Helmquat 3SL
- Cyclone SL 2.0
Paraquat is applied to many crop types, including wheat, fruits, peanuts, cotton, corn, soybeans, and more. Our lawyers will tell you whether your paraquat exposure resulted from an herbicide.
Potential Symptoms Associated with Parkinson’s Disease
There are numerous symptoms connected with Parkinson’s disease that can occur following prolonged exposure to paraquat.
If you or a person you care about has experienced any of these symptoms, speak with a knowledgeable Fresno paraquat attorney as soon as possible:
- Lack of balance
- Slow movements and reflexes
- Stiffness and rigidity
- Shaking even when a person’s muscles are relaxed.
There are also numerous secondary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that may accompany its primary symptoms. Those symptoms include drooling, lack of coordination, muscular spasms, an expressionless face, shrinking handwriting, difficulty swallowing, a bent-forward posture, quiet or slurred speech, a monotonous speaking tone, and abruptly stopping while walking.
Scientific evidence has demonstrated that prolonged paraquat exposure can lead to some or all of these Parkinson’s disease symptoms. This happens when exposure to the herbicide induces oxidative stress in brain cells, killing neurons.
These neurons produce a chemical called dopamine that helps to facilitate the brain’s motor control. When herbicide exposure kills neurons, they cannot grow back. When exposure to paraquat kills too many of these neurons, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease may begin to develop.
The Basis for a Claim Following Paraquat Exposure
If you or someone you care about suffered one or more Parkinson’s symptoms after prolonged exposure to paraquat, our Fresno legal team will represent you against paraquat’s manufacturers.
Under a negligence theory of recovery, we will allege that the paraquat manufacturers acted unreasonably when they did not test their products thoroughly or sufficiently warn the public about the connection between Parkinson’s disease and long-term exposure to paraquat.
In addition, we will file a lawsuit stemming from strict liability, alleging that the manufacturers of paraquat defectively designed the product and failed to warn against potential complications associated with prolonged exposure.
In a personal injury case in California, the accident victim or injured consumer has the legal burden of proof. Therefore, you will need to satisfy all the legal elements of your claim to recover monetary compensation. Our legal team will satisfy that burden for you. We can pursue the maximum amount of compensation available to you.
Paraquat Settlements and Lawsuits in Fresno
Manufacturers of products, including those that manufacture paraquat, must ensure their products are safe for purchase and use by the public. However, that does not always occur, and defective products make it into the marketplace. Harmful herbicides like paraquat can cause Parkinson’s disease and other serious medical complications. This is especially true in areas like Fresno County, where the herbicide’s use was extremely widespread since 1984.
We will not pursue your product liability as part of a class-action lawsuit. Your case is individual to you, and we will fight for you individually.
When determining a fair settlement amount, the product manufacturer, its insurance company, and its lawyers will account for many factors. They will consider the severity of your injuries, the costs of medical treatment, and other potential damages. If a person died due to exposure to the defective product, that claim will likely have more value than a claim involving a person who suffered minor illnesses or injuries.
Negotiating with insurance companies is often a multi-step process. In other words, the first offer that comes from an insurance company is unlikely to be the best or final offer. Insurance companies and their attorneys may do everything that they possibly can to avoid paying out money as part of a product liability or personal injury claim settlement.
Despite these insurance companies’ tactics, Nadrich & Cohen will highlight the strengths of your case and pursue the maximum monetary compensation you deserve.
If the insurance company refuses to offer you the monetary compensation you need, we will litigate your case in court. Litigation begins when a lawyer files a lawsuit against a product manufacturer, distributor, or some other entity in the chain of product distribution.
Even if we file a lawsuit, however, the parties can still resolve the case through a settlement. If the case does not settle upon filing, we will complete pre-trial discovery. The discovery process allows each side to send written questions to the other, called interrogatories, which seek more information about the injuries, illnesses, or other complications sustained.
In addition, the parties will have an opportunity to exchange documents with one another to learn more about the other side’s version of the case. You want a lawyer who knows which documents to build your case. Many courts will also set a pre-trial or settlement conference to make one final attempt to resolve the claim.
If the parties can’t agree on a settlement, they will then have several options. One option is to take the case to a jury trial and have the jury decide what, if any, damages the injured individuals deserve to recover. This approach can be risky in some instances because a jury can award about the same, more, or significantly less than the most recent settlement offer that the insurance company extended.
Another option is to take the case to an alternative dispute resolution proceeding. During mediation, a neutral mediator will help the parties come together and work to resolve the case through a settlement.
In a binding arbitration proceeding, on the other hand, the parties will present evidence to a third-party arbitrator, who will then decide the damages in the case. In a class-action lawsuit, the arbitrator may decide the damages for the class, as well as the damages for each plaintiff.
The experienced California paraquat attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen will review the circumstances of your case and help you decide the best way to move forward. We will explain all of your legal options in clear, easy-to-understand terms and help you select the best option for your case.
Potential Damages in Paraquat Product Liability Cases
Individuals who suffer injuries and illnesses because of exposure to paraquat may be eligible to recover various damages in their product liability cases. The extent of a person’s damages will depend on the severity of the illness suffered, the cost of the medical treatment necessary, and other factors.
Injured individuals may recover compensation for all their medical expenses and related lost wages. If their illness or injury prevents them from doing the same work as before the paraquat exposure, they can bring a claim for loss of earning capacity. Victims may also pursue compensation for their mental distress, emotional anguish, and other non-economic damages.
If you or a person you care about suffered Parkinson’s disease due to prolonged exposure to paraquat, the legal team at Nadrich & Cohen will help you decide how best to pursue compensation.
We can work to settle your case or litigate it in the court system on your behalf. In either instance, you can rest assured we will advocate for your legal interests and pursue the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
How Nadrich & Cohen Will Help with Your Paraquat Case in Fresno
Paraquat cases can cause many headaches for those:
- Who aren’t lawyers (or don’t have legal experience)
- Who don’t have a firm understanding of chemistry and herbicides
- Who don’t have a medical background
Paraquat cases may involve issues of illness, product liability, and other complex topics. Our attorneys will take these complications off of your hands, handling your case from start to finish. Where we don’t have enough expertise, we will consult experts in the fields of agriculture, chemistry, medicine, and other relevant areas.
As your attorneys of choice, our team will:
- Evaluate your losses
- Gather evidence
- Document your damages
- Hire and collaborate with expert witnesses
- Negotiate a settlement
- Advocate for you
Your case may face constant threats from the liable parties. For instance, the manufacturer of paraquat may contest the cause of your condition. It may also deny having made the product that harmed you. However, our lawyers in Fresno will protect you from these tactics.
Yours will not be the first paraquat injury case that we’ve handled. Our extensive experience with product liability cases gives us insight into how to manage these situations––and we will fight for everything you need.
Nadrich & Cohen Has Countless Positive Testimonials
When asked about their experience working with us, previous clients have shared:
- “I reached out to them after my accident but wasn’t really sure I needed an attorney. I took them up on their free consultation and decided that I needed assistance. They really helped me and my fiancé and we are relieved that we hired them.” – C. Guzman, former client
- “They were actually my second choice. I’d hired another TV law firm to handle my case, but my calls weren’t returned. So, I hired Nadrich & Cohen instead and the difference was unbelievable. My calls were returned within 24 hours.” – M. Klein, former client
- “They made it very easy to hire them. I called for a free consultation and had them send me DocuSign paperwork. I hired them in less than an hour after my first conversation with the attorney.” – Tom S., former client
We are proud of these client testimonials, but this level of client care is ordinary for us. When we accept a case, we intend to complete the case with a positive result for the client. Expect to be treated like family as we work to resolve your paraquat case in Fresno.
Talk to a Knowledgeable and Compassionate Fresno Paraquat Lawyer About Your Situation Today
Paraquat exposure can lead to Parkinson’s disease. If you or a person you care about has specifically been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may want Nadrich & Cohen representing you every step of the way and pursuing the monetary compensation you deserve.
The team of local attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen is familiar with the court system in Fresno County. Our combined knowledge and experience have helped us to recover more than $350 million in monetary compensation for our personal injury clients since 1990. Now, we’re ready to advocate for you.
If you suffer from paraquat-related medical complications, we can represent you throughout your legal matter and work to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Please call us today for a free consultation about your case.