Paraquat, a highly toxic weed-killing herbicide, has been linked to Parkinson’s disease. Paraquat dichloride has been used in commercial farming and agriculture since its production in 1961. It is the deadliest herbicide on the market and has resulted in the death of at least 30 people in the United States in the past 30 years.
Paraquat is still used in the United States despite being banned in over 30 countries. It is one of the most popular herbicides used in the United States and is for commercial use only. The substance is known as a restricted use pesticide, meaning it can only be used by those considered to be certified applicators. Farmers are most at risk to the herbicide, although people living near industrial farms can also suffer from exposure to Paraquat.
Recent studies have shown significant evidence that prolonged human exposure to pesticides like Paraquat can increase risk for diseases such as Parkinson’s. Those exposed to Paraquat reportedly developed Parkinson’s disease 2.5 times more than non-users.
- Farmers and farm workers
- Families that reside in or near farming and agricultural communities
- Chemical mixers
- Licensed applicators of Paraquat
Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease:
- Tremors (primarily in the hands)
- Soft or slurred speech
- Handwriting appears smaller
- Poor balance
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty walking or moving
- Dizziness or fainting
Filing a Claim:
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s after exposure to Paraquat, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call our product liability lawyers today for a free consultation and case review.
The attorneys at Aronfeld Trial Lawyers are dedicated to obtaining justice for those whose health and safety have been compromised by Paraquat, an herbicide that is relied on in agricultural work. Our law firm is representing individuals who have been exposed to the herbicide Paraquat and have been medically treated for Parkinson’s disease. Call our law firm today for a at 866-597-4529 or email us at [email protected] for a free case evaluation.