When Should You File a Paraquat Lawsuit?

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease due to Paraquat contamination, you may be entitled to compensation through a Paraquat lawsuit.

A Paraquat lawsuit might assist with medical costs and lost pay.


What Is Paraquat?

Due to its extreme toxicity, Paraquat is a weed-killing herbicide that is only allowed for commercial usage.

Farmers and agricultural laborers are the most vulnerable to Paraquat exposure, but residents living near industrial farms may also be in danger.

Research clearly shows that persistent exposure to Paraquat can increase the odds of acquiring Parkinson’s disease significantly (by 200–600%), according to the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council.


How Does It Work?

The severity of Paraquat poisoning is based on the amount, method, duration of exposure, and the person’s health at the time of exposure.

  • When Paraquat comes into contact with the lining of the mouth, stomach, or intestines, it causes immediate harm.
  • Paraquat is spread throughout the body after it enters the body. Toxic chemical reactions are caused by Paraquat in numerous body regions, including the lungs, liver, and kidneys.
  • Paraquat is selectively accumulated by cells in the lungs, most likely through active transport.


What Causes Paraquat Exposure?

Individuals can be exposed to Paraquat in a variety of ways, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including:

  • Long-term skin exposure that includes a highly concentrated form of Paraquat or happens via scratches or wounds on the skin’s surface
  • Ingestion or swallowing directly
  • Taking long breaths
  • Exposure of foods or drinks by accident
  • Individuals who apply Paraquat directly to crops have been at the highest risk of dangerous exposure and consequent harm. At the same time, those who grew up in rural regions near frequent usage of the chemical may also suffer major consequences


Lawsuits Against Paraquat

Manufacturers may have known about the relation between Paraquat and Parkinson’s disease for years, but it was never made public.

This means that companies that made and marketed Paraquat could be held accountable for distributing a potentially dangerous substance without adequate warnings.

Anybody who used or was subjected to Paraquat and later developed Parkinson’s disease may be eligible for substantial financial compensation.

Parkinson’s disease was first diagnosed as a Paraquat condition. In 2017, a Paraquat lawsuit was launched in Missouri against Syngenta, the Swiss-based, Chinese-owned pesticide business that currently manufactures the drug, and Growmark (another company that makes Paraquat products).

Agricultural owners and farm labor who applied Paraquat or worked on farms where Paraquat was used and afterward got Parkinson’s disease were among the plaintiffs in the claim. Since then, several additional states have brought similar Paraquat weed pesticide claims.

If a class action MDL for the Paraquat Parkinson’s claims is established, it will almost certainly result in a global settlement in which all claimants receive an agreed-upon amount.


Final Thought

Farmworkers and crop workers were uninformed of Paraquat’s substantial health consequences, and they are demanding justice and compensation for their injuries and medical expenditures.

Contact a product liability attorney to file a Paraquat lawsuit if you or a loved one was exposed to Paraquat and now has Parkinson’s disease or similar symptoms.

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