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Paraquat Exposure Attorneys
Paraquat, which is also called Paraquat dichloride, is one of the world’s most commonly-used pesticides. Each year, the U. S. uses an average of eight million pounds of Paraquat on its farms. What makes its popularity so alarming is that numerous studies published over the last decade have shown that exposure to this toxic chemical may cause adverse health effects such as Parkinson’s disease. While the European Union and countries like China and Brazil have banned Paraquat, the use of the toxic 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 possible legal action and 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 a dangerous herbicide used to kill and control weeds that are present in many agricultural and non-agricultural settings. Paraquat dichloride is also used for the desiccation (drying) of crops like cotton and tobacco 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 and licensed pesticide applicators. You cannot purchase Paraquat products for use in your home garden or a similar residential setting, however, it is still a popular herbicide for commercial use. It is typically only used by agricultural farmers or field workers and applied by an herbicide spray truck or airplane.
Products That Contain Herbicide Paraquat
The following are the brand names of herbicides that include the active ingredient 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 Syngenta and Growmark accountable for selling and manufacturing this dangerous chemical despite knowing how harmful it is to public health. We believe financial compensation for medical bills should be provided by those who cause harm.
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 Linking Paraquat’s 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: The National Institutes of Health reports that farmers using Paraquat are 2.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.
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: It’s reported in the Nature Chemical Biology that Paraquat kills cells through oxidative stress, a process that is linked to Parkinson’s disease.
2017: The end of Paraquat is urged by The Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council urges the EPA.
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 nervous system disorder that affects your 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
Those Exposed to Paraquat
Since Paraquat is a restricted herbicide, most people who come in contact with it work in agriculture or live in rural communities.
Some people are at risk of occupational exposure. It is also possible for some who live near a farm or facility that frequently uses herbicides to be at risk. Those most likely to have been exposed to Paraquat include:
- Agricultural laborers
- 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. Our legal team 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 Paraquat Parkinson’s disease lawsuit against the manufacturer of Paraquat. 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 our paraquat lawyers 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 makers of Paraquat-containing herbicides, including Syngenta and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
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.
- Consider the long-term impact of health outcomes for those battling cancer.
Additionally, paraquat 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’s $4 million verdict against DuPont.
Fighting For Victims of Chemical Exposure Since 1985
If you have 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 decades of experience along with the 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 Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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. Long-term exposure requires documentation of chemicals.