Paraquat is a weed-killing herbicide that’s restricted to commercial use only due to its high toxicity. Farmers and agricultural laborers are most at risk for exposure, but those who live near industrial farms may also be at risk of paraquat exposure. This toxic herbicide has been linked to many side effects, including Parkinson’s disease.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s due to paraquat exposure, you may be eligible to file a paraquat lawsuit that can provide financial compensation to help cover any medical expenses and lost wages.
Paraquat Linked to Parkinson’s Disease
According to the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council, evidence strongly suggests that chronic exposure to paraquat can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 200–600%.
While paraquat has been banned in 32 countries across the world, including the European Union and China, it has not been banned in the United States yet. In fact, the use of paraquat in the U.S. has only continued to grow in recent years.
What Is Paraquat Poisoning?
First used in the 1960s, paraquat dichloride (more commonly known as paraquat) is a highly toxic herbicide used commercially to prevent weed and grass growth near farms and crops. In fact, paraquat is so toxic that a single sip can be lethal — and there's no known antidote.
Paraquat poisoning can occur if an individual:
- Inhales or ingests paraquat
- Comes into contact with sprayed plants
- Gets paraquat on their skin
- Mixes, loads, or applies paraquat
Because of its high toxicity, paraquat purchased in the U.S. has several safeguards added to it to help prevent people from accidentally consuming it.
These safeguards include a:
- Blue dye to distinguish it from beverages
- Chemical agent that induces vomiting if drank
- Strong odor for caution
When purchased from outside of the U.S., paraquat may not have these additional safeguards, making accidental consumption a greater risk. But these precautions don’t help those who were exposed to paraquat on the job or who live or lived near a sprayed area.
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and believe it may have been caused by paraquat poisoning, Sokolove Law may be able to help you. Reach out to us today for a free consultation.
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What Is Paraquat Used For?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified paraquat as a “restricted-use pesticide,” which means paraquat is not allowed to be used recreationally. Paraquat can only be used commercially by licensed applicators.
Paraquat is used as an herbicide and weed killer to prevent the growth of weeds and grass near crops on large and small commercial farms, estates, plantations, and orchards. Sold under the brand names Gramoxone and Ortho Paraquat, paraquat is a common alternative for weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate, an ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.
Despite the known dangers of this toxic chemical, paraquat is still one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world.
Paraquat Poisoning Symptoms
Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide, and paraquat poisoning can occur after even brief exposure, though prolonged exposure often results in more severe injuries and even death. Exposure or ingestion of paraquat can lead to many health risks, including an increased risk of Parkinson's disease.
Immediate side effects of paraquat exposure include:
- Breathing difficulties or failure, potentially resulting in death
- Elevated heart rate
- Gastrointestinal distress (like nausea, diarrhea or bloody stool, and vomiting)
- Muscle fatigue or weakness
- Pain and swelling of the mouth and throat
Paraquat poisoning can also result in more serious long-term health effects, like:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Atypical Parkinson’s
- Multiple system atrophy
- Progressive supranuclear palsy
If you were diagnosed with Parkinson's after being exposed to the herbicide paraquat, you may be entitled to compensation. Get a free legal consultation today to see if you may have a case.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
Caused by a loss of neurons and the dopamine neurotransmitters they produce, Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that worsens over time, causing a variety of both motor and non-motor symptoms to gradually appear.
While there is no cure for Parkinson’s, there are some treatment options available that may help lessen some of these symptoms.
Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
Motor symptoms refer to any symptoms that affect your movement or motor skills, like walking or controlling your body.
Parkinson’s disease is characterized by some of the following motor symptoms:
- Bradykinesia (slowness in voluntary movement and reflexes)
- Impaired balance or postural instability
- Limb rigidity or stiffness (resistance to passive movement)
- Resting tremors (shaking movement when the muscles are relaxed)
Over time, people with Parkinson’s may experience difficulty walking and talking.
Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
For those with Parkinson’s disease, the non-motor symptoms of their disorder can often be more disruptive to their day-to-day than their motor symptoms.
Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:
- Cognitive impairment
- Insomnia or other sleep behavior disorders
What to Look for in Paraquat Lawyers
When you’re trying to find a paraquat attorney, it’s important to make sure they have the experience and reach to properly build your case.
Here are some key items to look for in a paraquat lawyer:
- A Free Case Review: Does the paraquat law firm offer a free, no-obligation consultation over your specific case?
- A Successful Track Record: Have the paraquat attorneys had success in cases like this in the past?
- Decades of Experience: Is this an established law firm with the resources and experience needed to fight for your case?
- A Nationwide Reach: Does your attorney know the ins and outs of laws in your state?
Paraquat Settlements & Verdicts
A paraquat settlement is reached when the plaintiff and defendant determine a fair financial figure for the extent of injuries in your case.
When both parties are unable to reach a paraquat settlement, your case is tried before a jury in court, who decides the fate of your case with a verdict.
If you worked with paraquat or lived near a farm and have developed Parkinson’s disease, you may be entitled to compensation. Fill out the form on this page to find out if you may have a case.
Sokolove Law: A Paraquat Law Firm
The risks of paraquat exposure have been known for decades — but companies kept using the highly toxic herbicide anyway, prioritizing their profit over your health.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s after potentially being exposed to paraquat — either on the job or simply at home, if you live near a farm — contact Sokolove Law for a free legal case review today.
Our paraquat law firm can help you determine what legal options might be open to you and fight to secure the compensation you may be entitled to.
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Paraquat Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to file a paraquat lawsuit?
The best way to determine if you may be eligible to file a paraquat lawsuit is to get a free legal evaluation from a top paraquat law firm. As a national law firm with over 40 years of legal experience, Sokolove Law has helped thousands of clients across the country get the compensation they deserve.
We can help you determine your eligibility — get a free case review today.
Why should I file a paraquat lawsuit?
There are many reasons to file a lawsuit if you’re suffering as a result of being exposed to paraquat.
Namely, paraquat lawsuits can help you:
- Secure compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses
- Hold the companies that exposed you to paraquat responsible
- Spread awareness of the dangers associated with paraquat, which helps others at risk
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after working on or living near a commercial farm, you may be eligible to file a paraquat lawsuit.
How do I prove I was exposed to paraquat?
Paraquat exposure may be easier to prove in some cases than in others. For instance, if you’ve worked on an industrial farm in the past, you may already be familiar with the pesticides you were exposed to.
But if you just happened to live near a commercial farm, you may be completely unaware of what toxic chemicals you’ve inadvertently been exposed to.
This is where a paraquat law firm with a proven track record can help. If you’ve lived near an industrial farm or worked on one and have since been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, our paraquat attorneys may be able to help you prove your case.
Contact us today to learn your options.
How much does a paraquat lawsuit cost?
When you work with Sokolove Law, the legal team that represents you works on what’s known as a contingency basis, meaning you don’t have to pay any fees upfront or hourly rates. Your paraquat lawyer will take a portion of the settlement or verdict results only if your case is successful.
Who is at risk of paraquat exposure?
Paraquat exposure predominantly affects:
- Farmers, farmworkers, landscapers, and agricultural workers
- Residents of rural areas near farmland sprayed with paraquat
- Anyone who works with or around professional-grade pesticides
According to one 2012 study, people who use paraquat and have a certain genetic variation are 11 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, making some more at risk from exposure than others.
If you’ve developed Parkinson’s after living near or working on an industrial farm, you may be entitled to compensation. Learn what legal options may be available to you by getting a free case review today.