Paraquat Lawsuit Lawyers
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Paraquat is a toxic chemical that is often used as an herbicide (plant killer) to control weeds and grass. A 2017 Parkinson’s Disease study found that Paraquat exposure damages DNA and can impair mitochondrial respiration. In particular, the invidiuals most at risk were agricultural laborers and farmers who utilized Paraquat on the job, along with individuals who lived on or near farms which used Paraquat.
In 2011, the Natinoal Institute of Environmental Health Sciences published a study which concluded there was a strong association between Paraquat and Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, some published articles have fnound that exposure to Paraquat within 500 meters of the home increased the risk of Parkinson’s Disease by 75% (based on a 95% confidence interval). Furthermore, per the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council lead by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, chronic exposure to Paraquat can increase the risk of Parkinson’s Disease by 200-600 percent for people exposed at younger ages.
Per the USGS website, Paraquat was used to spray multiple types of crops, in particular: corn, soybeans, cotton, orchards/vineyards, alfalfa, wheat, hay, vegetables/fruit, rice, and other crops. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies Paraquat as “restricted use,” meaning it can only be used by licensed applicators.
In particular, we are reviewing cases where individuals:
- had restricted use pesticide licenses;
- were certified pesticide applicators;
- worked for persons with pesticide licenses or who were pesticide applicators;
- were farm workers who worked with crops discussed above;
- worked in granaries or silos with the above discussed crops; and
lived on farms or near farms which used Paraquat.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to this herbicide, call our Paraquat attorneys to learn if you may have a claim. In particular, we would want to know if you or your loved one had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. If you have not been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but have a Parkinson’s disease Motor Symptom, it is possible you may have a claim if you have a motor symptom and are prescribed and taking a Parkinson’s disease medication. If we determine that you do, we can fight for maximum financial compensation on your behalf!
Paraquat Trade Names
Now that you have an idea of the dangers of paraquat exposure, you may be asking yourself, “Where is paraquat found?” It is found in various herbicides used only by commercially licensed users. Paraquat goes by a variety of trade names, such as:
- Gramoxone SL 2.0 Herbicide
Even if you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and used or were otherwise exposed to paraquat, you are not guaranteed a favorable outcome in your lawsuit. Your attorney must first review the facts, records, and circumstances involved in your situation to determine whether you can sue and how high your chances are of achieving a high settlement.
We encourage you to contact our Charleston Paraquat lawyers online or at (304) 605-2040 so we can evaluate your situation and determine who is responsible. From there, we may be able to help you file a claim and champion your best interests!
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