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Paraquat Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

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AJK Legal is currently investigating Paraquat claims which may have lead to Parkinson’s Disease. Paraquat is a toxic chemical that is widely used as a herbicide, primarily for weed and grass control. Farmers, agricultural laborers, and those who live near industrial farms are especially at risk for exposure. This toxic herbicide has been linked to many side effects, including Parkinson’s disease. If you or a loved one were exposed to the herbicide Paraquat and were later diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, you may have a claim for damages. Call us at (877) 448-8404 to discuss the matter with our attorney. We can help you recover the maximum compensation available for your injuries and damages.

About the Paraquat Parkinson's Disease Lawsuit

Studies have shown that even low levels of recurrent exposure to the weed-killing chemical Paraquat is associated with Parkinson's disease. We are investigating claims by those people who have been exposed to Paraquat and subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson's. This refers to those who may have mixed the chemical, sprayed, and others who may have been near the toxic herbicide while working. The acute toxic effects of the herbicide paraquat are not discussed. The EPA unequivocally states that "one sip can kill." Deaths have occurred from accidental and intentional ingestion. In South Korea, paraquat is commonly used in suicides. Paraquat poisoning can also lead to heart, kidney, and liver failure, lung scarring, respiratory failure, seizures, and other serious side effects. There is increasing information about the effects of chronic exposure to relatively low-dose paraquat, such as the amounts experienced by agricultural workers and those who consume foods with paraquat residues.

Another study revealed that people exposed to paraquat as teenagers or youngsters had a 200-600% increased risk of developing Parkinson's, depending on how many years they were exposed. Dr. Samuel M. Goldman, an epidemiologist with the San Francisco Veterans Affairs health system, said the data linking paraquat and Parkinson's is "overwhelming." On the other hand, Freya Kamel - a scientist at the National Institutes of Health - said that the body of research is "as compelling as it can get." The EPA concluded that paraquat does not cause Parkinson's when used according to directions. Legislation seeking a total EPA ban on paraquat was introduced in July 2019.

Paraquat, highly regulated but not banned in the United States

Paraquat has been registered as a herbicide in the United States since 1964. Because it is highly toxic, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies paraquat as "restricted use," meaning it is only available for its use by users with a commercial license.

Paraquat Toxicity

When ingested, Paraquat is extremely toxic to mammals, including humans. It has the potential to cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ingestion of Paraquat causes failure of the following organs for up to 30 days after ingestion:

Liver
Lung
Heart
Kidney

Similarly, chronic inhalation exposure can lead to lung damage, kidney failure, heart failure, and esophageal strictures. Additionally, prolonged exposure to Paraquat can cause damage to the eyes and lungs.

FAQ's

How long has Paraquat been used as a herbicide?

Paraquat has been used as a herbicide since the early 1960s, paraquat dichloride is applied to control weeds and grasses. It is also applied as a desiccant before harvest. Paraquat has been widely used in some 130 countries to grow corn, orchards, soybeans, vegetables, potatoes, rice, cotton, apples, coffee, and many other important crops. Non-agricultural area uses include roadsides, highway margins, and around commercial buildings, power plants, storage yards, and avenues. Paraquat is the second best-selling herbicide in the world, only behind glyphosate. In 2015, seven million pounds were applied in the United States, on almost 15 million hectares.

Who makes Paraquat?

Syngenta is the leading manufacturer of paraquat under the trade name of Gramoxone. ChemChina bought Syngenta in 2017. Paraquat is produced at Syngenta's facilities in the UK and China, although the herbicide is banned for use (not for export) in both countries. More than 60 countries have banned paraquat.

What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a long-term progressive disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement. Damage to nerve cells in the brain causes a drop in dopamine levels, leading to symptoms that generally develop slowly over the years. An early sign of Parkinson's disease can be a tremor in one hand. Additional symptoms may include slow movements, stiffness, and loss of balance.

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If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease after being exposed to Paraquat or a brand-name Paraquat product, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us today, our firm can help you recover the maximum compensation available for your injuries. We understand the devastating effects of these products, and we will work to secure the compensation you need for medical expenses, lost income, and more. Call us today at (877) 448-8404 or contact us online to speak to our attorney today.