Paraquat Exposure Has Been Heavily Linked to Parkinson’s Disease–-Contact Van Law Firm, America’s Paraquat Attorneys
All accident victims deserve to be able to defend their rights, but this is especially true for those who have sustained injuries in the course of their work duties. Unfortunately, millions of farmers and agricultural workers across America have found themselves in this exact situation after contracting Parkinson’s disease as a result of exposure to paraquat, an herbicide that is found in numerous agricultural products.
It’s no secret that we as a nation rely heavily on our agricultural industries to keep us fed and healthy. As such, the workers who help make this possible deserve to have the best legal resources at their disposal in their time of need. Thankfully, that’s where we come in–-Van Law Firm is standing by to take your call. As America’s premier paraquat attorneys, we can review your claim and help forge a path toward maximum compensation. Call our office nearest you now to get started.
Paraquat: History, Use, and Litigation
Paraquat has been widely used and circulated ever since it was introduced all the way back in the 1960s. It is a liquid herbicide, and it is so powerful that it can begin to kill weeds immediately upon contact, which is a big reason as to why it’s so popular. Paraquat products are typically mixed by hand and sprayed on desired areas either by hand or machine, and all of those practices are considered to be dangerous for workers’ safety.
Despite the proven toxicity of paraquat and the connections to Parkinson’s and other maladies, its use continues to increase domestically. In fact, data from the National Water-Quality Assessment Project shows that in the ten-year period from 2006 to 2016, paraquat use more than doubled in the U.S. Interestingly enough, the main reason behind this is that sanctions on other agricultural chemicals have largely hampered their production, allowing paraquat to further increase in popularity.
It must be noted that the rest of the world does not share the same feelings about the herbicide–paraquat has been formally banned by over 30 countries around the world, from China to Brazil. As of now, no U.S. agencies or officials have proposed any paraquat-related sanctions, and in October 2020 the Environmental Protection Agency announced that was “currently no need” for widespread paraquat restrictions at this time.
What is the Connection Between Paraquat Products and Parkinson’s?
There are numerous conditions and health risks associated with paraquat products, but Parkinson’s disease is easily the most notable. Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition that severely affects an individual’s cognitive ability, speech, movement, and motor skills. The condition is progressive and chronic, meaning that once you are diagnosed, you will have the condition for the rest of your life and it will gradually worsen over time. The signature symptom of Parkinson’s is the frequent muscle tremors that cause victims to constantly shake. Aside from therapies and medications, there are no long-term cures.
Scientists have been studying the connection between paraquat products and Parkinson’s for decades. Essentially, researchers have found that paraquat wreaks havoc on our body’s cells–if it reaches an individual’s brain, it will begin to damage large numbers of brain cells, which in turn makes the body much more susceptible to neurological ailments like Parkinson’s or dementia.
Anyone who has used or been exposed to paraquat as part of their work duties is encouraged to seek medical attention as soon as possible, especially if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Inflammation of the mouth or throat
- Increased heart rate
- Trouble breathing or respiratory problems
- Pulmonary edema
Are Certain Paraquat Companies and Products Facing More Claims Than Others?
Paraquat claims are somewhat unique in the sense that it is not an individual product that is manufactured by one company. Instead, it is used by multiple companies for numerous products, which means that you will have to determine the correct product and company for your claim, and a paraquat attorney can certainly help with this. Here are some products and manufacturers that are currently facing a large number of claims:
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
As of now, litigation surrounding paraquat claims is still in developmental stages. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic has had a large impact on proceedings, but thankfully the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation filed to create MDL 3004 in order to begin the process of curating the number of overall claims. This is just another reminder that time is limited, and anyone who is considering coming forward with a claim should do so quickly.
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Questions? Call America’s Paraquat Attorneys at Van Law Firm
If you have any questions regarding a potential paraquat claim, don’t hesitate to contact the award-winning team of paraquat attorneys from Van Law Firm. We have the tools and the experience to help you tackle any claim, regardless of who’s responsible for your damages. With over 500 5-star reviews so far, it’s clear that our clients are our first priority–call our office nearest you today to schedule risk-free consultation and case review.