Paraquat Exposure Attorneys
Paraquat is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. Every year, the U.S. uses an average of 8 million pounds of paraquat on crops. What makes its popularity so alarming is that numerous studies published over the last decade have shown that exposure to paraquat may cause Parkinson’s disease. While the European Union and countries like China and Brazil have banned paraquat, use of the herbicide in the U.S. has increased by almost 200% since 2009.
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Paraquat Attorneys Helping Farmers & Agricultural Workers with Parkinson’s Disease
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to herbicides that contain paraquat, including Gramoxone, you may be eligible for compensation.
Contact our toxic tort attorneys at The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation to learn more about how we can help you. Our attorneys have earned multi-million dollar verdicts against some of the largest chemical manufacturers in the world, including a $4 million verdict for a dangerous fungicide made by DuPont.
What is Paraquat?
First introduced in 1962, paraquat is an herbicide used to kill and control weeds that are present in many agricultural and non-agricultural settings. It is also used for the desiccation (drying) of crops like cotton and tobacco prior to harvest. Paraquat is used on crops including, but not limited to, corn, cotton, soybeans, wheat, and hay.
Have You Been Exposed to Products That Contain Paraquat?
Paraquat is registered in the United States as a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP), which means it may only be used by trained certified applicators. You cannot purchase paraquat for use in your home garden or a similar residential setting. It is typically only used by agricultural farmers or field workers and applied by an herbicide spray truck or airplane.
Products That Contain Paraquat
The following are the brand names of herbicides that include paraquat:
Does Paraquat Cause Parkinson’s Disease?
Several experiments support a direct relationship between exposure to paraquat and Parkinson’s disease. In one study published in 2018, Canadian researchers found that exposure to paraquat increased the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by about 250 percent.
Though it has been more than a decade since the health risks associated with paraquat were first discovered, it is still being manufactured and sold in the U.S. The Ferraro Law Firm is helping agricultural workers hold the chemical manufacturers accountable for selling and manufacturing paraquat despite knowing how harmful it is to public health.
For a better understanding of the most recent restrictions and research supporting the link between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease, take a look at the following timeline.
Timeline of Paraquat’s Link to Parkinson’s Disease
2007: The European Union bans the use of paraquat over safety concerns for farmers.
2009: A U.S. study finds that exposure to paraquat within 550 yards of a home increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 75%.
2011: A U.S. study reports that Parkinson’s disease is “positively associated” with paraquat exposure.
2011: The NIH reports that farmers using paraquat are 2.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.
2012: The Genetic Modification Association finds that individuals with certain genetic variations are 11 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s if exposed to paraquat.
2016: Nature Chemical Biology reports that paraquat kills cells through oxidative stress, a process that is linked to Parkinson’s disease.
2017: The Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council urges the EPA to end the use of paraquat.
2019: The Michael J. Fox Foundation urges the U.S. Congress to ban paraquat.
2020: The EPA proposes new restrictions on paraquat, including restrictions on aerial application.
Common Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that affects your nervous system and ability to move. While symptoms are initially mild, the condition typically worsens over time.
If you were exposed to paraquat and you notice the following symptoms, see a doctor as soon as you can.
They can evaluate you to see if you may be showing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease:
- Involuntary tremors
- Rigid muscles
- Changes in your speech or writing
- Impaired balance or posture
People Who May Be Exposed to Paraquat
Since paraquat is a restricted herbicide, most people who come in contact with it work in agriculture.
If you work in one of the following occupations or live near a farm or facility that frequently use herbicides, you may have been exposed to paraquat:
- Agricultural workers
- Herbicide applicators
- Chemical mixers
- Tank fillers
- Individuals living around farming communities
If you have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and you work or live near farms that regularly spray pesticides and herbicides, contact The Ferraro Law Firm. We can review your case for free and help identify if you may have been exposed to paraquat, and if so, help you seek justice against the manufacturers.
What Can I Do if I Have Parkinson’s and Have Been Exposed to Paraquat?
If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and you were exposed to paraquat in the past, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the product manufacturers. For more than a decade, research has shown a link between paraquat exposure and Parkinson’s disease.
The Ferraro Law Firm is no stranger to standing up to the largest corporations in the country, including chemical giants like DuPont. Schedule a free legal consultation with us to learn more.
Paraquat Lawsuits: How The Ferraro Law Firm Can Help
If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to paraquat, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against manufacturers of paraquat-containing herbicides, including Syngenta and Chevron Chemical Company.
These lawsuits typically allege that manufacturers failed to:
- Adequately research the potential link between paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease.
- Warn consumers about the Parkinson’s risks associated with paraquat exposure.
- Ensure that workers received adequate protection against the potential side effects of paraquat.
Additionally, lawsuits allege that manufacturers:
- Misrepresented the safety of paraquat for decades.
- Negligently disregarded the potential health risks associated with paraquat.
To learn more about how The Ferraro Law Firm has obtained justice against major chemical corporations, check out Project Blindsided which examines Attorney James Ferraro, Sr.’s $4 million verdict against DuPont.
Fighting For Victims of Chemical Exposure Since 1985
If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and worked as a farmer, farmhand, or another type of worker in a field or facility where herbicides were used or manufactured, you may be entitled to compensation. The Ferraro Law Firm’s toxic tort attorneys have the experience, resources, and compassion to help you and your family navigate every step of the legal process.
Our law firm has a successful track record against some of the largest chemical giants in the country, including DuPont. In a nationally televised trial, James Ferraro, Sr. represented a mother whose baby was born with missing eyes after she was exposed to a dangerous fungicide manufactured by DuPont. The $4,000,000 verdict has since been recognized in best-selling books like Blindsided which details how Ferraro was able to hold the major corporation accountable for misleading consumers about the safety of their products.
Exposed to Paraquat? Contact The Ferraro Law Firm
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to paraquat-containing herbicides like Gramoxone, contact us for a free legal consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Paraquat Frequently Asked Questions
What is paraquat?
Paraquat is an herbicide, or weed killer, found in brands like Gramoxone, Blanco, Bonfire, or Para-SHOT.
What is paraquat used for?
Paraquat is used to kill weeds and desiccate crops before harvest. It is commonly used on corn, cotton, soybeans, wheat, and hay crops.
Does paraquat cause Parkinson’s disease?
Multiple scientific studies have found a direct link between paraquat exposure and Parkinson’s disease.
Which products contain paraquat?
Paraquat is found in Gramoxone, Para-SHOT, Blanco, Bonfire, Helmquat, Parazone, and more.
How do I know if I have been exposed to paraquat?
Paraquat is not for sale for residential purposes. That means you will likely only be directly exposed to it if you are an agricultural worker.
Does Roundup contain paraquat?
No. Roundup does not contain paraquat. However, it does contain glyphosate which has been linked recently to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Why is paraquat banned in Europe, China, and Brazil?
The European Union banned paraquat in 2007, stating that it was too dangerous for farmers to use even while wearing protective equipment. China and Brazil followed Europe’s lead, banning the herbicide in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
What are my rights if I have been exposed to paraquat?
If you have been exposed to paraquat and you have since been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the product manufacturers for endangering your health. A lawsuit can help recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Do you qualify for paraquat compensation?
If you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to a paraquat-containing herbicide, like Gramoxone, Helmquat, or Parazone, you may be eligible to file a paraquat lawsuit against the manufacturers. This may result in compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and similar losses.
Have there been any recent paraquat settlements or verdicts?
Not yet. The first paraquat lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in May 2021.
Is paraquat the same as Agent Orange?
No. Agent Orange is an herbicide mixture that was used by the U.S. military in the Vietnam War. It contains the chemicals 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. Paraquat is found in herbicides like Gramoxone, Para-SHOT, and Parazone.