Paraquat Parkinson’s Claims

Representing Paraquat Poisoning Victims in California

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Paraquat is a weed-killing herbicide approved for commercial agricultural use. It is also directly linked with Parkinson’s disease – a serious neurological condition with no cure.

Parkinson’s patients need ongoing care to maintain even the most basic standards of living. If you or your loved one have suffered paraquat poisoning and developed Parkinson’s, you could be entitled to compensation from the responsible parties. Committed to fighting for California workers and residents, our team at Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers can provide the robust representation you deserve.

Call us today at 800-718-4658 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

What Is Paraquat Poisoning?

Paraquat dichloride (paraquat for short) became available as a commercial herbicide in 1964. It is fast-acting, toxic, and has no known antidote. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), even a single sip of paraquat can be fatal.

Paraquat has surfactant properties, which means it binds closely to the surface of leaves and destroys green plant tissue. It also binds to lung tissue, causing lung damage and scarring in the process.

Signs of Paraquat Exposure

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Your poisoning symptoms will depend on the level and intensity of your paraquat exposure. If you survive an initial incident, you could still be left with serious long-term injuries, including lung scarring, kidney failure, heart failure, and Parkinson’s disease.

Immediate signs of Paraquat exposure:

  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Dehydration 
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swollen throat and mouth
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Loss of consciousness

Connection Between Paraquat and Parkinson ’s disease

In 2011, a well-known National Institutes of Health (NIH) study showed that paraquat exposure makes you 2.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson ’s disease than the average person. This finding has been supported by several recent studies. In a 2017 letter to the EPA, the United Parkinson’s Advocacy Council even asked the agency to deny re-registration for paraquat, citing a 2009 study that estimated the Parkinson’s risk at up to 600%.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder and will continue to get worse over time. By attacking the brain’s supply of dopamine, Parkinson’s disease makes it difficult for patients to move, walk, or exercise normal motor functions.

Agricultural workers bear the highest paraquat Parkinson’s risks. However, farmworkers are not the only ones who may suffer from poisoning events. Paraquat overspray can contaminate all the properties around an agricultural site.

Fighting for the Rights of Affected Workers

In the U.S., paraquat manufacturers must use safeguards to prevent accidental consumer exposure, but no such regulations exist to protect workers and residents who live near farms. Banned in dozens of countries, paraquat was re-approved for use in the United States as recently as October 2020. Not only is paraquat still legal: It’s a popular choice for the California agricultural industry. With Roundup weed killer falling out of favor, paraquat is now filling the gaps for many farmers.

Even if paraquat was used legally, you may still have grounds to file a lawsuit and seek fair compensation for your medical expenses and losses. At Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers, we have decades of experience handling complex product liability and hazardous exposure claims. We understand how to investigate these cases and present evidence to show the connection between herbicide exposure and long-term disease.

Do you have a Paraquat Parkinson’s claim? Please contact us at 800-718-4658, or complete the contact form on this page.