Many people have unfortunately gotten sick due to paraquat exposure and are suing paraquat manufacturers. If you were exposed to paraquat and, as a result, acquired Parkinson’s disease or another illness, you may be eligible for a paraquat lawsuit or able to participate in the mass tort lawsuit against the manufacturers.
If you decide to reach out to an attorney, they will be able to inform you of your legal options in order to hold the manufacturers accountable for your illness. Our team at Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers is here to help you. We can assist in determining whether you are eligible and, if so, help you pursue compensation for your damages.
What Is the Mass Tort Lawsuit Against Paraquat Manufacturers?
Paraquat dichloride (paraquat) is a chemical that was used worldwide as a herbicide and weed killer. It was banned by most countries due to studies worldwide that showed exposure to paraquat can lead to Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses.
The United States has not banned the use of this chemical though so paraquat is still widely used in this country. Many Americans have gotten sick due to paraquat exposure, and as a result, have been suing paraquat manufacturers. As of 2022, there are more than 1,000 individual lawsuits many of which have been consolidated into a mass tort lawsuit against the manufacturers.
Who Is Eligible for a Paraquat Lawsuit?
Generally, the groups most likely to be affected by the use of paraquat with a higher risk of exposure and are eligible for a paraquat lawsuit or the mass tort suit include:
- Agricultural workers
- Licensed product applicators
- Bottlers of a paraquat product
However, other people may be eligible for a paraquat lawsuit if they:
- Lived in or close to areas exposed to paraquat in high volumes
- Worked in areas that were exposed to paraquat products
- Sprayed, mixed, loaded, or were in proximity to a paraquat product
- Handled the product as it was being manufactured
Additionally, a person may be eligible if they believe they were exposed to any of the following paraquat products or a related paraquat product:
- Gramoxone SL 2.0 herbicide
Am I Eligible for a Paraquat Lawsuit?
You should see your doctor if you believe you were exposed to a paraquat product, show signs of exposure to paraquat, or if you show symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or another illness attributed to paraquat exposure. You may have an illness you acquired due to paraquat exposure.
You may already know you have an illness from being exposed to paraquat, such as Parkinson’s disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with such an illness and your doctor believes it was caused by paraquat exposure, you’re likely eligible for a paraquat lawsuit or the mass tort lawsuit.
If you believe you are eligible for a paraquat lawsuit or the mass tort suit, you might decide it’s now time to reach out to a lawyer to find out what your legal options are to hold the manufacturers accountable for your damages.
How do You Prove Exposure to Paraquat?
Your doctor can provide you with proof or evidence of paraquat exposure. This could be your medical diagnosis, medical history, and list of symptoms. However, you may also need proof that you worked with a paraquat product, or that you worked or lived in an area where a paraquat product was used.
How Much Compensation Is Typical from a Paraquat Lawsuit?
You may have serious symptoms and other damages, such as physical pain and unpaid medical bills. If so, you should consider filing a paraquat lawsuit or participating in the mass tort suit. You may be able to recover your damages, including damages you may not have considered.
How much compensation you receive from a paraquat lawsuit depends on how many damages you list in your action and how these damages are valued. It also depends on how a judge decides to award damages.
Your list of damages could include any of the following:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Medical bills and debt
- Costs of therapies, such as speech therapy or physical therapy
- Cost of continual care, such as in-home care
- Lower income due to an inability to work
- Bills for adaptive equipment you may need
- Bills for renovations to your home to accommodate your adaptive equipment
It’s easier for a claimant to determine the value of economic damages, such as medical bills, but can be more difficult for a claimant to valuate non-economic, intangible damages, such as physical pain. You may decide you want professional assistance in determining the value of your damages since the valuation can affect the payout significantly.
How a California Paraquat Lawsuit Lawyer Can Help
A paraquat lawsuit lawyer can assist you with creating a list of all your damages in order to valuate these damages, litigate your case, and negotiate your payout. Your lawyer can also involve you in the mass tort lawsuit if you decide to pursue this route.
If you need medical care or need to prove paraquat exposure, your lawyer can likely refer you to trusted medical professionals as well. One of these professionals may also be able to provide invaluable testimony for your case, which could help to improve its outcome.
Contact Nadrich & Cohen Today
Our team at Nadrich & Cohen has been serving people like you and other Californians for decades. Our lawyers have managed many paraquat cases already, including cases involved with the mass tort suit. Over the years, we’ve been very successful for our clients, having recovered over $350,000,000 in client damages.
If you aren’t sure whether you or your loved one are eligible for a paraquat lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact our firm today. We can help to determine your eligibility and file a lawsuit against the manufacturer responsible for your health condition. If you’d like to participate in the mass tort lawsuit, we can discuss that option with you as well.
During a free consultation, we’ll discuss your case with you and help you decide how to proceed. If you decide to hire one of our paraquat lawsuit attorneys in California, you’ll be able to rely on them to pursue compensation on your behalf.
Contact Nadrich & Cohen today for your free consultation and case review.