Paraquat Attorney Bakersfield
If you’ve been exposed to paraquat, a powerful, toxic herbicide, and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a paraquat attorney Bakersfield at Nadrich & Cohen is here to help. A paraquat injury lawyer at our firm can file a lawsuit on your behalf and advocate for your right to fair compensation. Schedule a no-obligation consultation today for legal guidance and more information that can help you protect your rights and your claim.
What Is Paraquat?
Paraquat is a toxic weed killer that has been banned in 32 countries due to its harmful effects. However, licensed applicators are still able to use this toxic chemical in the U.S.
While paraquat may be an effective and powerful weed killer, it’s extremely toxic and very dangerous. Scientific studies suggest long-term exposure to paraquat can result in the development of Parkinson’s disease, sparking California paraquat lawsuits against the manufacturers of this harmful product.
Paraquat Exposure Risks
Any person who has come into contact with paraquat is at risk of adverse effects that accompany repeated exposure. Usually, agricultural workers and farmers are the most vulnerable. Other people who may be at risk of the harmful effects of pesticide exposure include:
- Certified paraquat applicators
- People who mix paraquat products
- People who work in paraquat manufacturing plants
- People who sell paraquat
- People who live near farms that use these dangerous products
If you believe you’ve been exposed to paraquat products, an attorney can help you file a paraquat lawsuit. At Nadrich & Cohen, we will help you identify the source of the exposure. We can also represent your claim against paraquat manufacturers in court or during settlement negotiations.
The Effects of Paraquat Exposure
Chronic exposure to paraquat can be very dangerous to humans. Studies have shown that exposure can significantly increase a person’s chances of developing Parkinson’s disease. If exposure occurred while a person was a teenager or young adult, their chances of developing Parkinson’s disease are increased by 200% to 600%.
Paraquat exposure can also be fatal and can result in death 70% of the time. Fatal exposure occurs after inhalation, ingestion, or another form of direct contact.
Paraquat exposure induces oxidative stress. When this toxic chemical comes into contact with a living organism, it breaks the oxygen atoms from molecules found within the living organism’s cells. In humans, oxidative stress can be incredibly damaging and irreversible.
Paraquat Increases the Risk of Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease
Paraquat exposure damages the neurons that produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain. This loss of dopamine results in symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease such as fine motor symptoms. Any low-level exposure to this chemical can increase a person’s risk of developing the neurodegenerative disorder, whether a person lives in proximity to where the weed killer is sprayed or they ingest it.
Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
The symptoms of this neurological disorder will progress over time. These symptoms can vary from person to person but include two categories: non-motor symptoms and motor symptoms. Motor symptoms will affect how a person moves, causing slowness and muscle rigidity. Non-motor symptoms will affect other areas of the body, including a person’s mood and sleep.
During the early stages of the disease, non-motor symptoms often show up first.
These initial symptoms can include:
- Sleep disorders
- Loss of smell
Secondary symptoms can include:
- Stiffness/body rigidity when walking
- Difficulty standing
- Loss of facial expressions
- Smaller, cramped handwriting
- Tremors in one hand
If you have experienced any of the following symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and you have been exposed to paraquat, you must schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible. If you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, meet with an accident attorney to learn about your legal options.
Parkinson’s Disease Stages
As of 2021, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. This condition is progressive, and symptoms often worsen gradually.
- The first stage of the disease is the mildest. A person may experience changes in facial expressions, slight difficulty walking, changes in posture, and tremors. These symptoms usually affect one side of the body.
- The second stage causes body rigidity, tremors that affect both sides of the body, walking difficulties, and changes in posture.
- During the third stage, a person’s symptoms include slow movements, loss of balance, and a high risk of falls. While a person may still be able to complete certain tasks on their own, they often face difficulties such as impaired coordination when performing basic activities such as showering and eating.
- The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease during the fourth stage are severe. A person may need to use a walker or wheelchair and may require around-the-clock care.
- During the fifth and final stage of the disease, a person may experience cognitive impairment, may be unable to move or walk without assistance, and will often require permanent live-in care.
The effects of paraquat exposure can be wide-ranging and devastating for the accident victim and their family. Depending on the circumstances that surround the exposure, a person may develop a permanent disability and debilitating physical symptoms. In this type of situation, a person will also incur thousands of dollars in medical costs and often loses several weeks or months of wages, unable to return to their job.
If you have been exposed to paraquat and were diagnosed with a neurological disorder, you may be entitled to compensation. A paraquat attorney can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of paraquat products and hold them liable for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and other damages, including future medical expenses.
During your case, your accident attorney may negotiate with the manufacturer and their defense attorney to reach a paraquat settlement. This settlement should compensate you for past and future losses due to paraquat exposure.
A settlement in a paraquat injury claim can vary, depending on the severity of your injuries and the circumstances that surround your case. If your personal injury attorney is unable to reach a fair settlement on your behalf, they may recommend filing a paraquat lawsuit to determine whether you’re eligible for damages. The court will also determine how much compensation you should receive.
Statute of Limitations
If you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease due to paraquat exposure, you must act quickly and contact a Bakersfield personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The state of California has a two-year statute of limitations for product liability lawsuits. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time period, the court will dismiss your case and you will be unable to recover compensation for your illness, medical costs and other damages.
Am I Eligible for a Paraquat Lawsuit?
People all over the country have filed paraquat lawsuits claiming that Syngenta AG, a manufacturer of paraquat, and other major manufacturers are to blame for their Parkinson’s diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and believe you were exposed to paraquat as a licensed pesticide applicator or farmer, you may be able to file a lawsuit. An experienced attorney can file lawsuits for people who have suffered severe side effects due to paraquat exposure. A successful lawsuit can provide compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, medical treatment and other losses.
Nadrich & Cohen are proud to fight on behalf of America’s farmers. Our law firm has the reputation, resources, and experience to take on major paraquat manufacturers. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free case review to learn more about how we can help.
Contact a Paraquat Lawyer at Nadrich and Cohen Today
If you’ve been exposed to paraquat and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, contact a Bakersfield paraquat attorney at Nadrich & Cohen as soon as possible to schedule a free, no-obligation case review. By filing a lawsuit, we can’t reverse your diagnosis, but we can help you hold the manufacturers of paraquat responsible for their negligence and failure to warn consumers of the dangers linked to this toxic product. Contact Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers today at 800-718-4658 or text or email to schedule a consultation. We will work tirelessly to help you recover fair compensation to improve your quality of life and hold the manufacturers accountable for all damages.