Experts warn that a variety of workers and those residing near farms may have been exposed to the toxic weed killer Paraquat, which can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease.
Paraquat dichloride is a popular herbicide that’s been used for over 60 years. However, its use has more than doubled in the past decade, and experts now know those exposed to it may have a 250% higher risk of developing Parkinson’s. Unfortunately, these new health risks weren’t disclosed to the public.
Paraquat may also be known by the brand name Gramoxone. It’s used primarily to control weeds that are resistant to RoundUp on turf and common crops like corn, soybeans, peanuts, almonds, garlic, pears, strawberries, grapes, artichokes, sweet potatoes and many others.
And, while Paraquat is restricted to commercial use, it’s believed millions of people either working or living near agricultural operations could be at risk. Some of those commonly exposed to Paraquat include:
Due to the fact the makers of Paraquat haven’t warned users of the risks and may have even knowingly hidden them, lawyers say they could owe compensation to those injured. Contact us today to discuss your case and see if help is available.
Latest Information on Paraquat Litigation
The makers of Paraquat have crafted suspicious misinformation campaigns in response to claims their products cause Parkinson’s disease: First, denying a link exists; second, claiming they aren’t allowed to change warning labels; and finally, asking courts to dismiss victims’ lawsuits.
Fortunately, judges have ordered that these companies must face public trial to answer the charges that they knowingly sold a product they knew was dangerous. So far, the data suggests they’ve known about the dangers for years.
For example, regulators in Europe banned Paraquat as early as 2007 due to Parkinson’s concerns. Authorities in China and Brazil followed with similar bans in 2014 and 2017.
Then, the American Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of the AMA Neurology, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences all published studies from 2009 to 2011 warning of a link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s.
Lastly, lawyers have reportedly uncovered internal documents showing these companies knew of the Parkinson’s risks of their products but tried to hide the information.
Regardless, the reports suggest the makers of Paraquat had reason to suspect they were selling a dangerous product since at least 2007. Lawyers believe the evidence will lead to substantial compensation for those victims afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after working in or around a farming, turf or other agricultural setting, it’s important to have your case examined by a legal expert to see if Paraquat may be the source of your injury.
Our qualified chemical exposure lawyers will fully investigate your case, reviewing medical records, location records and recent studies that your doctor may not normally discuss.
Most states allow you several years to file a lawsuit after you suffer an injury or discover it may be liked to a dangerous product. However, it’s important to start the process as early as possible to make sure your lawyer can get the necessary records and prepare your case in time.
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