Paraquat Parkinson’s Disease Lawsuits

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Paraquat claims are being consolidated to a special MDL court in Northern California. Some of the people who are most at risk include:

  • Agricultural workers
  • Farmers
  • Golf course attendants and greenskeepers
  • Gardeners
  • Nursery workers
  • Landscapers.

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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.

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Paraquat Herbicide Linked to 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:

  • Farmers
  • Pickers
  • Growers
  • Groundskeepers
  • Agricultural workers
  • Those living on or near farms.

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.

Do You Qualify for a Paraquat Lawsuit?

Lawyers are filing lawsuits on behalf of those who’ve been exposed to Paraquat either by applying the product, working in agriculture, or living nearby, if they’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. 

Parkinson’s is a central nervous system disorder caused by injury or death of nerve cells in the brain. The resulting drop in dopamine levels affect movement, posture and muscle rigidity. Some of the early signs of Parkinson’s include:

  • Tremors in one or both hands
  • Slow movement
  • Stiffness or rigid muscles
  • Unstable posture
  • Weak facial muscles
  • Loss of balance
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Constipation
  • Excessive sweating.

If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms for an extended period after working with or near Paraquat, it’s important to see a doctor to determine if you have Parkinson’s Disease. 

Medications can help control the symptoms of Parkinson's, however, there is no cure and those affected will require ongoing treatment. 

Based on the failure of the makers of Paraquat to warn users and the public of the extent of the dangers, lawyers believe they are liable for substantial damages to those affected. 

So far, numerous lawsuits have been filed on behalf of victims in six different federal districts, and a judicial panel is considering creating a special Paraquat multidistrict litigation court to handle the thousands of expected cases. 

For more information, or to speak directly with a lawyer about your case today at no cost, contact DrugNews.

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Timeline of Paraquat Lawsuits

Latest Information on Paraquat Litigation

Lawyers ask the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate the growing number of federal Paraquat claims to a special MDL court in Northern California.
Despite refusing to ban Paraquat, the U.S. EPA releases a decision suggesting workers take several measures to reduce exposure to Paraquat.
The EPA states it has “insufficient evidence” to link Paraquat to Parkinson’s Disease and denies requests to ban the product.
First lawsuit is filed alleging a worker developed Parkinson’s due to exposure to Paraquat.
The Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council alerts the EPA of studies linking Paraquat to Parkinson’s and requests that the agency deny re-registration.
Brazil passes a ban on Paraquat that takes effect in September 2020.
China bans further production or sale of Paraquat.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences publishes a study strongly linking Parkinson’s disease with Paraquat, noting that farmworkers exposed to the chemical were diagnosed with Parkinson’s at a 2.5 times higher rate.
Journal of the AMA Neurology publishes study showing “the association of disease risk with pesticides support a toxicant-induced cause of parkinsonism.”
The American Journal of Epidemiology releases a study showing Paraquat may cause a neurodegenerative process leading to Parkinson’s disease, and that exposure within 500 meters of a person’s home could increase the risk by 75%.
Paraquat is banned by the European Union due to a link with Parkinson’s Disease.
Paraquat is first manufactured and sold by ICI under the brand name Gramoxone.
Paraquat is first identified as an herbicide by Imperial Chemical Industries.

How Long Did Paraquat Makers Know the Dangers?

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.

Choosing a Paraquat Lawyer

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.

DrugNews works only with attorneys and law firms that have successfully handled tens of thousands of lawsuits involving injury or death from dangerous products. And, we make it easy to speak directly with a lawyer or patient advocate today, so that you’ll quickly be able to decide if you want to proceed.  

We make it easy to get help, find out if you qualify, and quickly file a claim. Our service is offered at no cost to you, and you won’t pay anything to your attorney unless you receive an award. Also, our qualified lawyers can handle most aspects of your case without you ever having to leave your home.  

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