Aronfeld Trial Lawyers is representing people who have been injured by the use of specific Paraquat Weed Killer.
Exposure to this toxic herbicide is believed to be linked to Parkinson’s Disease.
In a letter submitted by the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) noted, “Recent research links paraquat and several other herbicides to the development of Parkinson’s pathology and symptoms.” In the letter, the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council urged the EPA to ban the use of the herbicide in the U.S., which, as of April 2021, the agency has not done.
Paraquat, also known as Gramoxone, is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world. Commercial farmers use it to kill weeds and grasses. Because Paraquat is highly toxic and can lead to fatal poisoning, only licensed professionals can apply it.
Symptoms of Paraquat exposure vary depending on the amount of exposure and how someone was exposed. For example, ingesting a large amount of paraquat causes acute poisoning and symptoms appear quickly. Licensed applicators and other agricultural workers exposed to smaller amounts of the chemical over a long period may not manifest symptoms for years.
The first symptoms of acute poisoning through ingestion are immediate and start with pain and swelling in the mouth and throat. When the chemical enters the stomach, it causes gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.
Short-term symptoms and side effects can occur within hours to several weeks after exposure and can be fatal.
People that survive acute paraquat poisoning typically have long-term health problems that affect various organs.
Licensed applicators, farmers and agricultural workers that have been exposed to paraquat for years may not suffer acute symptoms of poisoning. But they can still have long-term side effects from exposure such as an increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease.
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