You may be entitled to compensation if you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease due to paraquat exposure. A paraquat settlement can cover the cost of lost wages, pain and suffering, and ongoing medical expenses.
The Popular Herbicide, Paraquat
Paraquat weed killer is a popular herbicide in the U.S. Due to its high toxicity, paraquat is restricted to commercial use only. Agriculture workers and American farmers are the most at risk of exposure, but people who live near fields and industrial farms can also be at risk.
The Unified Advocacy Council presented evidence that shows that chronic exposure to the dangerous herbicide can increase a person’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by as much as 200%.
Despite the herbicide product being banned in 32 other countries, it’s still available for use in the U.S.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 10 million pounds of paraquat is used on crops each year, making it one of the most widely used herbicides in the country.
If you were exposed to paraquat weed killer and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit for compensation. Compensation in a paraquat lawsuit can cover the cost of ongoing medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
When you’re searching for a paraquat lawyer, make sure you find an attorney who has the skills, experience and resources to properly investigate and build your case.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 718-4658
The Effects of Paraquat Poisoning
Paraquat is a type of highly toxic herbicide that’s commercially used to prevent grass and weed growth near crops and farms. This herbicide is said to be so toxic that even small amounts of paraquat can be lethal if ingested. Not only is there a link between paraquat and the nervous system disorder Parkinson’s disease, but exposure can also cause kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure and other health issues.
Paraquat weed killer poisoning can occur if the chemical is:
- Ingested or inhaled
- A person comes into contact with plants that have been sprayed
- Paraquat dichloride gets on someone’s skin
- Applied, loaded or mixed
Due to its high toxicity, several safeguards have been implemented in an attempt to prevent people from consuming it accidentally. These safeguards include:
- Blue dye that will help distinguish it from a beverage
- Chemical agents that will induce vomiting if the chemical is accidentally consumed
- Strong odor
If paraquat weed killer is purchased outside of the U.S., the product may not have these additional safeguards. However, these precautions will not help someone who has been exposed to the herbicide on the job or people who live near an area that has been sprayed with paraquat.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and you believe it was caused by paraquat exposure, the attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen may be able to help.
Symptoms of Paraquat Poisoning and Exposure
The effects of paraquat poisoning can occur even if you were only exposed to the chemical briefly. However, prolonged exposure often results in a neurological disease diagnosis, death, or severe injuries. Ingestion or exposure to paraquat can lead to several health issues, such as kidney disease, and an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Immediate side effects of exposure include:
- Pain and swelling in the throat and mouth
- Muscle weakness or muscle fatigue
- Bloody stool
- Elevated heart rate
- Breathing difficulties
Poisoning can result in serious health effects, such as:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Progressive supranuclear palsy
- Multiple system atrophy
- Atypical Parkinson’s
Paraquat Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder that causes oxidative stress that results in a loss of neurons and a loss of dopamine neurotransmitters that those neurons produce. Since this is a progressive disease, the condition will worsen over time and can cause both non-motor and motor symptoms that gradually appear.
While there’s no cure for the disease, there are some treatments available that can help lessen the symptoms.
How Your Paraquat Lawyer Will Handle a Lawsuit
The risk of exposure has been known for decades, but manufacturers keep using the highly toxic product anyway. The attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen can help you determine what your legal options are and can help you fight to secure a full and fair settlement. We will work with you throughout the entire legal process and fight tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after living near or working on a farm, you may be eligible to file a California paraquat lawsuit.
The best way to determine if you’re eligible to file a lawsuit against manufacturers of the restricted-use herbicide is to schedule a free no-obligation case review with the attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen. We can help determine your eligibility and discuss the facts of your case so you’ll know how to proceed.
Should I File a Paraquat Lawsuit?
There are many reasons to file a paraquat lawsuit.
A lawsuit can help you:
- Secure compensation to cover the cost of medical bills and other expenses
- Spread awareness of the dangers that have been linked to paraquat
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Proving Paraquat Exposure
If you worked on a farm in the past, then you may already be familiar with the herbicides and pesticides you have been exposed to. But if you lived near a farm or field where paraquat was used, then you may be unaware of the types of toxic chemicals that you were exposed to.
This is where a law firm with a proven track record of success handling these types of cases can help. If you worked on or lived near a farm and have since been diagnosed with PD, our lawyers can investigate your case and provide proof that your exposure to paraquat has led to serious health issues.
Pursuing a Paraquat Lawsuit Settlement
If you’ve developed PD due to exposure to paraquat, you’re looking at hefty ongoing medical expenses.
More importantly, this type of disease can be very debilitating. A person can lose wages due to taking time away from work or they may have to quit their job. Because of this, a lawsuit will allow you to receive financial compensation for medical costs, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
An experienced attorney can ensure you receive maximum compensation through a paraquat settlement, a paraquat class-action lawsuit, or multidistrict litigation. Many federal lawsuits have identified the value of an individual’s claim and have shortened the legal process.
If you lived near a commercial farm or worked on a farm and you’ve developed Parkinson’s disease, you may be entitled to compensation. A settlement is reached when you and the defendant determine a settlement amount that is considered fair. If both parties are not able to reach a settlement agreement, you can proceed by filing a paraquat lawsuit. Your case will be tried before a judge and jury in court.
Paraquat Claim Value
The amount of compensation a person is entitled to in a paraquat claim can vary from case to case and will depend on the extent of the injury. However, many experts believe that paraquat settlement payouts can range from $100,000 to $150,000.
Holding Paraquat Manufacturers Accountable
Studies have shown that the toxic chemicals found in the weed killer have resulted in a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.
Companies that produce paraquat know about the dangers of exposure. However, they continue to produce and sell it. A paraquat lawsuit will hold these manufacturers accountable for their negligence.
These manufacturers knew about paraquat’s link to Parkinson’s and did nothing to warn farmers, agricultural workers and other people who used the chemical. By taking legal action against these manufacturers, an attorney who is working on your behalf can hold them accountable for the harm they have caused.
During this time, your attorney can seek compensation for your damages due to your exposure to this toxic weed killer.
The Paraquat Litigation Process
When you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the last thing on your mind is filing a lawsuit. Unfortunately, people with this illness have little idea that their exposure to the weed killer could be responsible for causing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of paraquat as soon as possible will be essential. To do so effectively, you must know what your legal options are and what path you should take.
How Many Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against the Manufacturers of Paraquat?
Several lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of paraquat. One of the oldest lawsuits was filed against Syngenta in 2016. More lawsuits have been filed over the years by agricultural workers and farmers who were unaware of the dangers linked to paraquat use against other manufacturers of paraquat, including Chevron Chemical.
Is there a Paraquat Class Action Lawsuit?
There has been one class-action lawsuit against Syngenta. Recently, lawsuits have also included Growmark and Chevron Chemical. The allegations in these class action lawsuits include:
- The manufacturers of paraquat failed to warn people about its link to Parkinson’s disease and other health concerns
- The manufacturers misrepresented the product’s safety profile and failed to identify the product’s toxicity
- The manufacturers disregarded the potential risks and early signs of paraquat exposure
Contact a Paraquat Lawyer Today
Were you recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease due to paraquat exposure? Were you exposed to this toxic herbicide at your place of work and developed this progressive neurodegenerative disorder? Recent class action lawsuits have shown how the herbicide has led to major health risks, including a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.
The paraquat attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen represent victims who have been harmed by this toxic chemical, including people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Contact Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers today at 800-718-4658 or text or email to schedule a no-obligation consultation. This case review session is at no cost to you. We will meet with you to go over the facts of your case and help you explore your legal options moving forward. If you decide to work with us, we’ll begin an investigation and look into your case right away. We will build a strong case that will prove that the manufacturers should be held liable for your Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.