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Paraquat Lawsuit for Parkinson's Disease

Paraquat is a commercial strength weed killer that has been shown to cause Parkinson’s disease. If you used or were regularly exposed to Paraquat and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be entitled to file a Paraquat lawsuit and get financial compensation. Our office is currently accepting new Paraquat cases from individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

What Is Paraquat?

Paraquat (paraquat dichloride) is an extremely toxic chemical that is used to kill weeds, grass, and other unwanted vegetation. Despite being banned in many countries, Paraquat is one of the most widely used industrial herbicides in the world. Paraquat is legal in the U.S., but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), classifies it as a “restricted use” chemical. This means that Paraquat can only be bought and used by commercially licensed users (mostly commercial farmers).

The Paraquat herbicide has been around since the early 1960s. The use of Paraquat has rapidly increased over the last 20 years because weeds have become resistant to other products. According to the EPA, Paraquat is currently the most commonly used type of restricted use herbicide in the U.S. Paraquat comes in liquid form and it is sprayed onto crops in a variety of ways. Paraquat has a bright blue color and a distinctive odor.

Paraquat herbicides are manufactured and sold under a number of different brand or product trade names. Gramoxone is the most common trade name for Paraquat. Gramoxone is manufactured by Sygenta, a global agrochemical company based in Switzerland.

Paraquat Exposure Can Cause Parkinson’s Disease

Gramoxone SL 2.0Paraquat is an extremely toxic chemical that is highly poisonous if ingested. In fact, there have been hundreds of reported cases of farmers committing suicide by drinking Paraquat. The health risks associated with Paraquat have led 32 countries to ban the chemical completely.

Over the last 12 years, a growing body of scientific research has established that normal occupational exposure to Paraquat can cause Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease is a neurologic disorder in which deterioration of certain cells in the brain gradually impairs the brain's ability to control motor functions in the body. Symptoms of Parkinson’s include impaired movement, tremors, lack of balance, and muscle stiffness.

One of the first studies showing a link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2009. The study found that individuals who lived within 1600 feet of areas where Paraquat was regularly sprayed had a heightened risk of Parkinson’s Disease. The results of a more comprehensive study were published in 2011. This study concluded that there was a “strong association” between Paraquat and Parkinson’s.

These first 2 studies faced sharp criticism over study techniques and reliability because they were not “controlled” studies. In 2014, however, these doubts were put to rest when the results of 5 separate case-controlled studies were published in the Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology. These studies confirmed that exposure to Paraquat resulted in a greater risk of Parkinson’s Disease. This eventually prompted the EPA to announce in 2016 that it was conducting its own safety review of Paraquat.

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Paraquat Lawsuits

The link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease may have been known to manufacturers for years, but it was never publicly disclosed. This means that companies who manufactured and sold Paraquat can be held liable for selling a dangerous product without proper warnings. Individuals who used or were exposed to Paraquat and subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

The first Paraquat Parkinson's disease lawsuit was filed in Missouri in 2017 against Syngenta, the Swiss-headquartered, Chinese-owned agrochemical company that now makes the drug, and and Growmark (another company that makes Paraquat products). The plaintiffs in the lawsuit included farm owners and agricultural laborers who either applied Paraquat or worked on farms where Paraquat was used and later developed Parkinson’s Disease. Several other similar Paraquat weedkiller lawsuits have been filed in other states since then.

Hundreds of additional Paraquat lawsuits could be filed over the next few years. This eventually might lead to the creation of a Paraquat class action MDL. If a class action MDL is created for the Paraquat lawsuits, it will probably lead to some type of global settlement in which all plaintiffs receive an agreed amount.

Contact Us to File Your Paraquat Lawsuit

The product liability attorneys at Miller & Zois are currently seeking new Paraquat cases. If you used Paraquat or were exposed to Paraquat and you have been formally diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you may have a valid Paraquat lawsuit. Contact us today to see if you qualify for a Paraquat lawsuit.

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