Scientific studies and research cite a potential connection between the harmful ingredients in the pesticide, Paraquat, and Alzheimer’s disease. Paraquat exposure is a serious issue that should be explored immediately. Along with health care support, you should also explore the legal options you have available that can lead to financial compensation.
According to National Library of Medicine, exposure to Paraquat and other harmful ingredients can cause damage to your central nervous system and lead to Alzheimer’s disease along with other adverse health conditions. At Nadrich & Cohen, if Paraquat does cause Alzheimer’s, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Our defective product attorney will help you prove the product damaged your health and establish your right to financial recovery.
How Does Exposure to Paraquat Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease?
According to Scientific Reports, evidence cites a connection between the toxic chemicals in Paraquat and other pesticides and herbicides and damage to your central nervous system.
Their study found that Alzheimer’s disease:
- Is the leading neurological disease
- Is marked by irreparable nerve damage
- Is characterized by progressive memory loss
- Leads to increasing cognitive decline
Ongoing research is exploring the relationship between the toxic chemicals found in Paraquat and the death of neurons in the brain. Some studies also cite the prevalence of Alzheimer’s diagnosis in rural areas. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research supports this theory by citing the risks of Paraquat exposure.
Understanding Parkinson’s Disease Dementia
Parkinson’s disease caused by Paraquat exposure can lead to a form of dementia called Parkinson’s Disease Dementia (PDD). PDD is a form of Alzheimer’s disease marked by a deterioration in behavior and cognitive ability. Typically, it is also marked by decreased or dysfunctional mobility leading to:
- General instability
- Tremors even while still
- Frequent, dangerous falls
- A slowed gait while walking
According to University of California San Francisco (UCSF) research, PDD can be managed with medication, but does not have a cure. It typically lasts five to seven years with its symptoms and the side effects of medication causing:
- Medication sensitivity
- Day-night cycle confusion
Patients are closely monitored throughout treatment and may require speech and other forms of specialized therapy, diet and nutrition support, and modifications to their daily activities and environment.
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CDC Research Explains How Paraquat Exposure Occurs
Anyone can be exposed to Paraquat via contaminated food and water. Methods of exposure include:
- Accidental ingestion since Paraquat is not easily detected in food and water
- Skin exposure, especially extended exposure, via sore and other open wounds
- Unintentional inhalation of Paraquat in the atmosphere or via illegal substances
When inhaled, Paraquat can lead to severe lung damage. When ingested, it can be deadly even in minute amounts. In fact, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research cites even a single sip as irreversibly fatal with no known remedy or antidote.
Certain Occupations Increase Your Risk of Exposure
Paraquat use is strictly restricted to licensed applicators and its use and storage are highly regulated. Even with a variety of safety measures in place, workers who routinely handle Paraquat have the greatest risk of exposure and the negative consequences of exposure.
At increased risk are:
- Golf course attendants
- Commercial landscapers
If you or someone you love works or worked in one of these or any other related field that increased the risk of exposure, we can help you determine your right to compensation if a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease followed your exposure.
How Our Law Firm is Building Our Paraquat Mass Tort Case
At Nadrich & Cohen, we are building a mass tort case. Participants are individuals just like you who were exposed to Paraquat and experienced similar health challenges. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and believe Paraquat is the reason, you could join others in the fight for financial recovery.
To bolster and support your right to compensation, we will:
- Consult with medical and other scientific experts to determine whether Paraquat does cause Alzheimer’s
- Explain our strategy for holding the dangerous product’s manufacturer responsible for your financial recovery
- Obtain, read, and review your medical records and statement from you and others detailing the changes in your health and lifestyle
While you focus on coping with your diagnosis, we stop at nothing in recovering the financial compensation you need and deserve.
Compensation for Alzheimer’s Sufferers
Paraquat’s manufacturers are being sued for damages for their failure to properly and accurately disclose the risks associated with their product. Our legal team will fight to recover the following defective product damages:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Past, present, and future lost wages
- Past, present, and future pain and suffering
- Past, present, and future mental and emotional distress
Each plaintiff in our mass tort case is treated like an individual. We carefully assess your specific recoverable damages, collect the documents that prove them, and ensure your case receives a fair and accurate financial valuation right from the start. Because your medical needs could change as your case progresses, we also make periodic re-evaluations as needed.
Time Limits Could Affect Your Right to Recover Damages
Your right to compensation has a time limit imposed by your state. While the filing deadline is critical and must be met, it can also fluctuate, but normally you must file within two years from the date of the injury per CCP § 335.1. This goes for wrongful death as well as personal injury. That means letting our law firm handle compliance is important because every detail of your case, including time management, is important to our client-focused team.
If the statute of limitations expires before your lawsuit is filed:
- You will not be allowed to file your potential lawsuit at all
- Your lawsuit will be dismissed without ever being heard
Your case is likely to be resolved with a financial settlement, but we do not take chances with pursuing compensation for you. With sufficient notice from you, our law firm makes sure your lawsuit is filed within the allotted time.
Our Fee Structure Means You Can Get Started Immediately
A diagnosis of a neurological disease like Alzheimer’s will change your life in the immediate future and have long-range repercussions. While you and your family learn to cope with your diagnosis, we do not add to your emotional or financial stress by charging exorbitant legal fees.
In lieu of ongoing hourly fees and hefty retainers, we represent you on a contingency fee basis. We will absorb all the costs of building your case including consulting experts, preparing legal documents and filings, and representing you in court at no upfront cost to you. Our No Fee Promise means we accept a percentage of your financial award as compensation and you owe us nothing if we do not recover damages for you.
Review Your Eligibility to Join Our Mass Tort Case
Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that affects you and the people who love you. Were you or someone you love diagnosed with this life-altering illness after being exposed to Paraquat? Our personal injury law firm will document whether Paraquat caused the adverse diagnosis.
Contact one of our Nadrich & Cohen team members today to learn more about your options for recovering financial compensation alongside other injured clients. We offer free case evaluations.