Farmers have used paraquat as an herbicide to control invasive weeds for decades. However, recent studies have shown long-term paraquat exposure leads to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. Many farmers and agricultural workers have gotten sick from paraquat and sued the manufacturer for their injuries.
You could participate in the paraquat mass tort suit if you or a family member suffered Parkinson’s disease or another illness that paraquat exposure may have caused. A Salinas paraquat lawyer from Nadrich & Cohen can help you participate in the suit so that you can hold the manufacturer accountable and recover compensation for your damages.
Is There an Ongoing Lawsuit Against Paraquat?
There’s an ongoing mass tort lawsuit against the manufacturers of paraquat dichloride (paraquat). Nearly 1,300 pending cases are part of the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL).
The lawsuit exists because researchers worldwide found that many agricultural workers developed Parkinson’s disease and other conditions due to exposure to the chemical. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, paraquat is highly toxic and deadly. In addition, spraying, mixing, loading, or being close to the product can lead to long-term illness, according to epidemiological studies.
Long-term illnesses can be very costly—both financially and physically. Lifelong diseases like Parkinson’s can become especially expensive. For example, people with Parkinson’s might require costly medications and surgery, and patients might have tremors, slowed movement, speech changes, and other symptoms for the rest of their lives. The paraquat lawsuit helps these victims recover compensation for their damages.
Who Can File a Paraquat Lawsuit?
You can file a paraquat lawsuit or participate in the paraquat mass tort if you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or another illness that your doctor believes was due to paraquat dichloride exposure. If you have a document proving your paraquat exposure, this could support your legal action.
If you believe you were exposed to paraquat but didn’t have a diagnosis, you should speak with a doctor if you exhibit any symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. You may have a health condition because of your exposure. If so, you can sue for compensation.
Products Containing Paraquat
The use of any of these products may have exposed you to paraquat:
- Gramoxone SL 2.0
The Groups Filing Paraquat Lawsuits
It isn’t only farmers who’ve gotten sick from paraquat exposure. Other agricultural workers in Salinas could have grounds to file a paraquat lawsuit, including:
- Licensed applicators
- Residents living in or near high-use areas
- Bottlers or other handlers of the product during manufacturing
What Damages Can I Claim in a Salinas Paraquat Lawsuit?
By filing a claim or lawsuit or participating in the paraquat mass tort suit, you could hold the chemical manufacturer accountable and recover compensation from them. The compensation you could recover depends on your illness, health, and other damages.
In your action, you could claim the following damages:
- Medical expenses, such as surgery or medication
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Ongoing care expenses
- Adaptive or mobility devices you require, such as a walker or wheelchair
- Home renovations you require for mobility-related reasons
- Lost income due to your health condition
- Your pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
How One of Our Salinas Paraquat Lawyers Can Help
Our firm’s personal injury and product liability lawyers have decades of experience handling cases like the paraquat mass tort. For example, we’ve previously handled many paraquat cases, so we understand how to manage your case and help you recover compensation. As a result, we’ve recovered over $350,000,000 in damages for paraquat exposure victims and other personal injury clients.
One of our attorneys can help you in many ways. For instance, we can refer you to a trusted doctor who can determine whether you sustained injury due to paraquat exposure or exhibit symptoms of a related illness. Additionally, the doctor could provide written documentation or verbal testimony, which could be invaluable for your case.
Your lawyer can also help by:
- Gathering evidence for your case
- Calculating the value of your damages
- Handling all communication with interested parties
- Taking your claim to court
- Joining your case to the paraquat MDL
- Ensuring your case progresses to meet specific deadlines
Working on Your Paraquat Claim on Contingency
Hiring an attorney should be affordable for everyone. However, many attorneys in Salinas have upfront fees and per-hour charges that complicate a person’s financial situation, especially if the person has mounting medical bills.
Instead of offering their services that way, our Salinas paraquat attorneys offer them on a contingency basis. This approach means your attorney will provide their services at no charge unless you recover compensation for your damages. Then, you’ll pay your lawyer out of the award you receive. As a result, hiring one of our attorneys becomes very affordable for you.
Additionally, if you want your attorney to refer you to a doctor, that doctor can treat you on lien—a similar arrangement to working on contingency. So, the doctor will provide their services at no charge until your case resolves.
Contact Nadrich & Cohen for Your Salinas Paraquat Lawsuit
If you or a loved one would like to pursue a paraquat lawsuit in Salinas, we want to help. Our firm has assisted many victims of paraquat exposure with their cases, and we can help you, too, by involving you in the paraquat mass tort suit.
We’ll explain more during a complimentary consultation. Then, we’ll review your case with you and advise you on how to proceed. So, contact Nadrich & Cohen today for your free consultation.