Paraquat Weed Killer and Parkinson’s Disease

Paraquat Weed Killer and Parkinson’s Disease

Paraquat weed killer may be linked to Parkinson's disease.

Are you suffering from Parkinson’s disease due to paraquat exposure? Are you, or a loved one, coping with harsh symptoms that could have been avoided? If so, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, suffering, and other related costs. You may qualify to participate in a paraquat lawsuit, so, reach out to Patterson Legal Group for a FREE consultation today.

Paraquat Weed Killer

Paraquat is a toxic chemical, and one of the most commonly used herbicides today. Industrial farms spray paraquat to kill weeds and other unwanted plant growth. However, the chemical is so strong that it can severely hurt those exposed, and even cause death. In fact, due to its toxicity, many countries have banned its use. 

Furthermore, the United States has not yet banned paraquat, though The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a restricted-use pesticide. This means there are certain safeguards in place. Thus, any paraquat manufactured outside of the United States may not contain these safeguards and be even more dangerous. 

In the US, paraquat:

  • Contains a blue dye to distinguish from beverages.
  • Has a sharp odor.
  • Holds an added agent that induces vomiting. 

In addition, only those commercially licensed are able to obtain and use paraquat in the United States. Unfortunately, these safeguards do not entirely take away the chance of human exposure to the chemical. 

Paraquat Exposure

Worried you may have been exposed to the paraquat weed killer linked to Parkinson’s disease? The herbicide was first commercially used in 1961. Anyone who worked on a farm that used paraquat may have been exposed to it. Furthermore, anyone who lived near a farm that used paraquat may also have come in contact with the chemical, as it can become airborne. 

So, if you are thinking about pursuing a paraquat settlement for Parkinson’s disease, you’ll need to let your paraquat lawyer know if you worked on or lived near a farm. Then, they will be able to evaluate your case. Start the process by calling (888) 687-2400 today for your free, no obligation case review.

Immediate Signs and Symptoms of Paraquat Exposure

Paraquat poisoning can happen easily, and there is no antidote. In fact, an individual may suffer effects if they:

  • Work with paraquat, by mixing or applying it
  • Get paraquat on their skin
  • Swallow paraquat
  • Breathe in paraquat
  • Touch a plant that has been sprayed with it

The effects can be catastrophic. If an individual swallows paraquat, they will likely feel pain and swelling in the mouth and throat immediately. Then, they may experience stomach pains, dehydration, diarrhea, low blood pressure, and more. Over time, they may also experience heart injuries, pulmonary edemas, respiratory failure, and sometimes even death

Should exposure happen in small doses, an individual may develop heart, kidney, or liver failure. While showing these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean an individual has been exposed to paraquat, they may confirm that an exposure has indeed occurred. 

Alleged Lasting Effects of Paraquat Weed Killer

paraquat weed killer and parkinson's disease

Exposure to paraquat weed killer can have other adverse effects, too. In February 2011, a study was conducted that indicated that Parkinson’s, a brain disease that affects muscle control and movement, may be connected to paraquat weed killer. 

Evidence was furthered through a later study in 2016, and paraquat settlements began. Many plaintiffs claim that they were not aware of any long-term health effects. However, individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease after years of working with paraquat continue to seek compensation for their suffering. 

If you would like to begin the process of filing for a paraquat settlement, reach out to our award-winning legal team. Fill out this online form, or use our LiveChat feature to start the conversation. 

Parkinson’s Disease Stages and Symptoms

Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative brain disorder, has no cure. In fact, the condition worsens over time, as brain cells slowly die. As the disease progresses in five stages, those suffering from the disease may experience the following symptoms. 

  1. In stage one, a person with Parkinson’s disease may experience mild tremors, and changes in posture or facial expressions.
  2. At stage two, walking becomes difficult, and sufferers notice increased tremors and rigidity throughout the body.
  3. Slow movement, falls, and difficulty taking care of oneself become apparent in stage three.
  4. Severe symptoms worsen at stage four, and individuals may need a walker.
  5. During stage five, the individual may be so stiff that standing and walking are nearly impossible. They will lose their independence, and require care 24/7.

Make no mistake—Parkinson’s is a dilapidating disease. Moreover, it slowly takes away a person’s independence, and completely changes their way of life. This is extremely difficult on them and their loved ones. So, if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, or are showing symptoms of Parkinson’s after a Paraquat exposure, connect with a Paraquat lawyer. 

How Can a Paraquat Lawyer Help?

Patterson Legal Group can help get you paired with a team of litigation attorneys who handle Paraquat cases, and assist you on your journey to get the financial compensation you deserve. Through a paraquat lawsuit for Parkinson’s disease, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, future medical costs, and your pain and suffering. 

Compensation may also cover current lost wages, or lost wages that may occur in the future due to an inability to return to work. When faced with a life-changing diagnosis, this compensation brings you and your family peace of mind. Thus, a paraquat lawsuit for Parkinson’s disease may be the best option for you and your family.

Seeking Help from a Paraquat Lawyer

First, find out if you are eligible to participate in a Paraquat lawsuit. Do this by reaching out to our team for a free, no-obligation case review. Our team will need to know if you worked on a farm or lived near one. They will also need to know if you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, or if you are starting to show symptoms. 

Patterson Legal Group is now accepting Paraquat claims for review, so don’t hesitate. Our legal help is available 24/7, so get the help you and your family so deserve. Call (888) 687-2400 today.

Paraquat cases will be referred to Lerner and Rowe.