Paraquat dichloride is one of the most prevalent – and potentially dangerous – herbicides in the world. It’s a popular solution for commercial weed and grass control. However, it’s known to cause a myriad of health issues, including Parkinson’s disease. If you or a loved one have fallen ill after exposure to paraquat, our attorneys may be able to help you seek compensation.
Individuals who mix, load, and apply paraquat are at the greatest risk for exposure. Exposure happens through:
While paraquat poses the greatest threat to the workers who handle it, the herbicide can affect anyone within its proximity. In a 2009 study, the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the use of paraquat within 1,600 feet of a family home heightened that family’s risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease. Families in these nearby homes faced a 75% chance of developing the illness.
Paraquat exposure can cause severe reactions. Those who have come into contact with the herbicide often experience:
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that causes brain cells to die over time. Those who suffer from the disease often have difficulty swallowing, speaking, balancing, and moving, and may also suffer from tremors. Paraquat’s chemical makeup is similar to MPTP – a heroin contaminant known to cause symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease. The substance effectively destroys dopamine neurons, which are the same elements that Parkinson’s disease damages.
Herbicides and other chemicals that are accessible to the public cannot be unreasonably dangerous. If dangers exist, the product manufacturers must offer sufficient warnings. If they fail to provide proper notices, they could be held legally responsible.
If your injuries are caused by a paraquat manufacturer’s negligence, we can help you recover compensation for:
Additionally, if you lost a loved one in such a suit, we may be able to help you recover funeral expenses.