Fresno Paraquat Lawyer
Paraquat is a common herbicide. However, scientific studies link long-term paraquat exposure to Parkinson’s disease and other serious medical complications. If you or a person you care about has suffered an illness or injury due to prolonged paraquat exposure, you are eligible to pursue monetary compensation and damages for those medical complications.
Claims that result from paraquat exposure are product liability claims. In those actions, a consumer typically alleges that a product manufacturer did something wrong under the circumstances. When settling or litigating a personal injury case under the theory of products liability, you need a knowledgeable team of attorneys, Nadrich & Cohen on board in your case that knows how to handle these legal matters.
The insurance companies that represent product manufacturers are extremely experienced and will do everything possible to try and deny your claim or severely limit your monetary recovery. Since the insurance company will have powerful, experienced and expensive attorneys on their side, you must have skilled lawyers representing you as well. You want lawyers who are not hesitant to stand up to large corporations and their deep pockets.
If you experienced complications from paraquat exposure, you should look no further than the expert Fresno paraquat lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen. We have over 250 cases. Our legal teams have recovered more than $500 million worth of compensation for our clients. This includes monetary compensation that we have recovered in product liability cases (ie., Paraquat) for our clients.
Our legal team understands the court system in Fresno County, California, and can zealously advocate for your legal interests, both at the settlement 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 medical complications that you believe are due to paraquat exposure. Alternatively, you can use the texting feature on this page. Our legal team will review all of the circumstances and facts of your potential claim and will get back to you promptly. We can determine if you have a viable claim and if you can recover monetary compensation for your medical complications and injuries.
Our legal teams stand up for our clients to companies who sold dangerous products, so please reach out today so we can stand up for you.
Potential Symptoms Associated With Parkinson’s Disease
There are numerous symptoms connected with Parkinson’s disease that you should look out for 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 come along with the 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, 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 in the brain.
These neurons produce a chemical called dopamine that helps to facilitate the brain’s motor control. When herbicide exposure kills the neurons, they cannot grow back. When exposure to paraquat kills too many of these neurons, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can begin to develop.
The Basis for a Claim Following Paraquat Exposure
If you or someone you care about suffered one or more of these symptoms after prolonged exposure to paraquat, our Fresno legal team will represent you against paraquat manufacturers. This claim may depend on one or more legal theories.
Under a negligence theory of recovery, for example, your attorney can 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 the herbicide. In addition, we may 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 to it.
In a personal injury case that goes forward in California, the accident victim or injured consumer has the legal burden of proof. Therefore, you will need to satisfy all of the legal elements of your claim to recover monetary compensation and damages. Our legal team will help you to satisfy that burden so that we can pursue the maximum amount of compensation available to you on your behalf for the injuries you suffered.
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 for 30 years.
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 settlement amount, the product manufacturer, its insurance company and its lawyers will account for many factors. First of all, 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 top and final offer. Insurance companies and their attorneys will do everything that they possibly can to avoid paying out money as part of a product liability or personal injury claim settlement. Especially for Paraquat.
Despite these insurance company tactics, a knowledgeable product liability lawfirm such as Nadrich & Cohen who are advocating for you 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 that you deserve for your medical complications and injuries, we will litigate your case in court and go all the way for you. Litigation begins when a lawyer files a lawsuit against a product manufacturer, distributor, or some other person or entity in the chain of product distribution.
Even after we file a lawsuit, however, the parties can still resolve the case through settlement. If the case does not settle upon filing, we all take part in 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 request and obtain to help build and support 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 reach an impasse, 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. In some instances, this approach can be risky because a jury can award about the same, more, or significantly less than the most recent settlement offer that the insurance company put on the table. Moreover, jurors will sometimes consider extraneous information when deciding the outcome of a product liability case.
Another option is to take the case to an alternative dispute resolution proceeding. For example, during mediation, a neutral mediator will help the parties come together and work to resolve the case through settlement.
At 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 a whole, as well as the damages for each plaintiff.
In Paraquat, everything will be by trial.
The experienced California paraquat attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen will review all the circumstances of your case with you and help you decide the best way to move forward. We 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 is 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 including the cost of the medical treatment necessary.
First of all, injured individuals can recover compensation for all their medical expenses and related lost wages. If their illness or injury prevented them from doing the same work as before paraquat exposure, they can bring a claim for loss of earning capacity. In addition, victims can pursue compensation for their mental distress, emotional anguish, etc..
If you or a person you care about suffered Parkinson’s Disease due to prolonged exposure to paraquat, the skilled 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 zealously advocate for your legal interests and pursue the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
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—you need Nadrich & Cohen representing you every step of the way and pursuing all of the monetary compensation and damages you deserve.
The skilled team of local attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen is familiar with the court system in Fresno County and how it works. Our combined knowledge and experience have helped us to recover more than $450,000,000 in monetary compensation for our injury clients since 1990.
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 need—either through a favorable monetary settlement, jury verdict, or arbitration award. If the manufacturer’s insurance company refuses to offer you the monetary compensation that you deserve, our team can represent you in court and zealously advocate for your rights there.