Paraquat is a highly toxic weed killer (herbicide) that has been connected to numerous health issues, including Parkinson’s disease.
If you or a loved one were exposed to paraquat and have since developed Parkinson’s disease, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation.
WHAT IS PARAQUAT?
Paraquat Dichloride (aka paraquat) is a commercial strength herbicide commonly used in the US to kill unwanted vegetation, including weeds and grass.
Paraquat comes in a liquid form and is sprayed by tractor-drawn rigs and occasionally via aerial application. It is a low-cost, fast-acting chemical that can clear entire fields, thus eliminating the need for tilling.
Primarily sold under the names Gramoxone and Ortho, paraquat is an extremely toxic chemical and can be lethal if ingested. It is classified as a ‘restricted-use pesticide’ by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – meaning it can only be used commercially by licensed applicators.
Although banned in more than 30 countries due to its extreme health risks, paraquat continues to be used regularly in the American agriculture industry as an alternative for vegetation that has become resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup.
For over a decade, a growing body of scientific research has strongly suggested that paraquat exposure can lead to multiple health risks, including an increased risk of neurological damage and Parkinson’s disease.
Individuals exposed to paraquat and later diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease could be entitled to substantial financial compensation. Contact us to learn more.
WHAT IS PARKINSON'S DISEASE?
Parkinson’s disease is an irreversible, progressive neurologic disorder in which nerve cells in a part of the brain die, gradually halting the brain’s ability to control motor functions in the body. Common symptoms of Parkinson’s include:
- Tremors – shaking in the limbs, fingers, or hands
- Limb stiffness/rigidity – stiff muscles, limited range of motion
- Bradykinesia – loss of fine motor control and a slowing of movements
- Postural instability – impaired balance
If you or a loved one has developed Parkinson’s disease after living near or working on a farm, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free case review and learn what legal options may be available to you.
WHO IS MOST AT RISK?
Individuals who have come in contact with paraquat are at an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, this includes:
- Individuals who have been in direct contact with paraquat, such as agricultural laborers, farmers, farmworkers, and landscapers
- Those living near farmland where paraquat is/has been used
- Persons who have been exposed to paraquat for an extended period of time
Companies that manufactured and sold paraquat may have been aware of the link between Parkinson’s disease and paraquat for years but never disclosed it publicly. Therefore, these companies may be held liable for selling a dangerous product deprived of proper warnings.
Heartland Legal Team may be able to help you or your loved one recover compensation for the financial impact faced, including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Possible funeral expenses
Paraquat exposure risks have been known for years, but many companies continue to distribute the highly toxic herbicide, prioritizing profit over health. Filing a civil lawsuit is an effective way to hold companies that manufacture and use harmful chemicals like paraquat accountable for the damage they inflict.
At Heartland Legal, we can help you determine your legal options and fight to reclaim the compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us today to receive your free case review.
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