Have You Contracted Parkinson’s Disease As a Result of Paraquat Exposure? Call Van Law Firm Today
As a high-volume personal injury firm, we are dedicated to serving a large number of accident victims, but those who have suffered injuries at their Washington workplace are especially in need of quality representation. One poignant example of this is the large number of agricultural workers who have developed Parkinson’s disease and other complications after using weed killers that feature paraquat, a harmful chemical that has been banned by 30+ countries around the world.
Our nation relies on our agricultural industry every day, and the workers who help put food on our tables need to have the best legal services available to them when it’s time to defend their rights. As such, the award-winning Washington paraquat attorneys from Van Law Firm are standing by around the clock to review your paraquat claim. When it’s time to hold guilty parties liable for your damages, call (360) 200-0000 to learn more about what Van Law Firm can do for you.
Use and History of Paraquat
For nearly 60 years now, farmers and other agricultural workers have used the liquid herbicide known as paraquat. It is so potent that it can kill weeds on contact, and its ability to quickly clear large patches of land is why it is so widely used to this day. Products containing paraquat are typically sprayed over crops either by hand or by tractor–both methods are considered unsafe for workers’ health.
One of the most unfortunate things about paraquat is that its use is actually increasing in the U.S., despite the growing evidence that it is linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease and other injuries. To put it into perspective, the amount of paraquat that was used domestically more than doubled in the ten-year span from 2006 through 2016, according to the National Water-Quality Assessment Project. Perhaps the biggest reason for this is that other crop chemicals faced their own sanctions, which allowed paraquat to become even more prevalent.
As mentioned above, paraquat has long been banned in countries all over the world, including China and the European Union. Unfortunately no action has been taken as of yet to ban or restrict the use of paraquat domestically. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in October 2020 that they felt there was currently no need for blanket restrictions and regulations.
Why Has Paraquat Been Linked to Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a condition that affects a victim’s nervous system and motor skills. It is a chronic and progressive condition, meaning that its symptoms gradually get worse over time. The disease severely affects a victim’s speech, memory, and motor skills, and the most identifiable symptom is the tremors and spasms that cause victims to constantly shake. While there are prescriptions and therapies that will help improve victims’ day-to-day life, a definitive cure has yet to be developed.
The link between paraquat and Parkinson’s has been studied for many years now. Although it is difficult to pinpoint exactly why the chemical is so conducive to neurological conditions, researchers believe that the problem has to do with paraquat’s ability to damage brain cells at an extremely rapid rate. When large amounts of brain cells are damaged, victims become much more susceptible to complications such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
Those who have used paraquat products in the course of their work duties are encouraged to seek medical attention right away, especially if any of the following symptoms are present:
- Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Inflammation of the mouth or throat
- Increased heart rate
- Trouble breathing or respiratory problems
- Pulmonary edema
Which Products and Manufacturers are Facing Paraquat Claims?
One thing that makes paraquat claims a little challenging is that it is not a singular product made by a single company–rather, it is featured in numerous products made by multiple companies. Determining the party at fault for your particular claim is very important, and it is just one of the reasons why potential claimants should speak with paraquat attorneys. Here are some of the most common products and companies that have been cited in paraquat claims:
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
Currently, paraquat litigation is still in developmental stages. As you can probably imagine, the ongoing COVID pandemic has largely hindered proceedings, but the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation did create MDL 3004 in efforts to begin streamlining the large number of claims that continue to roll in. This indicates that time is running out for those who wish to submit their claim, so if you are considering coming forward it’s best to do so as soon as possible.
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Connect With Washington’s Best Paraquat Attorneys Now
If you or a loved one has developed Parkinson’s disease or other complications after exposure to paraquat products, you will need to find qualified counsel as soon as possible. Fortunately, the Washington paraquat attorneys from Van Law Firm are ready to help you recover the compensation you and your family deserves. We’ve helped countless accident victims defend their rights, and we’re ready to do the same for you. Call us today at (360) 200-0000 to schedule a free and confidential consultation