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Is There an Average Settlement Amount for Paraquat Claims?

It’s no secret that Parkinson’s disease is one of the most serious and unfortunate conditions an individual can be diagnosed with. The thought of chronic complications is hard enough to comprehend on its own, but when these complications can be attributed to the negligence of others, it adds another level of anger and frustration. Such is the case with weed killers that contain the herbicide known as paraquat–over the last 10+ years, thousands of agricultural workers have contracted Parkinson’s after being exposed to paraquat products. As such, we’ve received a lot of questions regarding paraquat claims and litigation, and a large number of potential claimants may be wondering about the average value of a paraquat claim.

Let’s take a closer look at this question and all of the factors that go into it:

What is the Expected Value for a Paraquat Claim?

As of this moment, the litigation for paraquat product liability claims is still just beginning, so there have been little to no updates in terms of expected settlement values. Furthermore, even if there were concrete figures, we still couldn’t necessarily make a broad generalization about average values, because everyone’s injuries and circumstances are unique. In other words, if one claimant was diagnosed with mild Parkinson’s in their 70s, they will probably not receive as much as another claimant who suffered severe Parkinson’s in their 40s.

However, we’ve handled similar cases over the years with similar conditions, and we’d venture to guess that the highest tier of compensation could land in the neighborhood of about $150,000 to $250,000. To be clear, that is just an estimate, and most claimants would probably be slotted into lower tiers.

What is the Number of Paraquat Claims That Have Been Filed So Far, and Against Whom?

As of now (December of 2021), there are a total of 319 federal paraquat lawsuits that are currently pending, and about 50 more scattered throughout various state courts. Now that litigation is starting to come together and move forward, that number will inevitably increase substantially within the next year and a half or so. It is estimated that the final number of claimants will more than double during that span.

So far, the main defendants cited in paraquat lawsuits are the Swiss manufacturer Syngenta and the U.S.-based Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Syngenta is currently the largest global manufacturer of paraquat itself, and Chevron Phillips produces Gramoxone, a popular herbicide that contains paraquat. These are just a few examples–there are about half a dozen additional paraquat products and manufacturers who could face claims in the upcoming months and years.

Questions About Paraquat Claims? Contact Van Law Firm

If you have further questions about a potential paraquat claim, simply contact the Van Law Firm office nearest you today. Our team of experienced and versatile paraquat attorneys can evaluate your claim and recover the compensation you need to ensure that you and your family will have the proper care for the rest of your life. Don’t wait–call today to see what Van Law Firm can do for you.