Paraquat is a weed-killing herbicide that’s restricted to commercial use only due to its high toxicity. Farmers and agricultural laborers are most at risk for exposure, but those who live near industrial farms may also be at risk of paraquat exposure. This toxic herbicide has been linked to many side effects, including Parkinson’s disease. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s due to paraquat exposure, you may be eligible to file a paraquat lawsuit that can provide financial compensation to help cover any medical expenses and lost wages.
Paraquat Linked to Parkinson’s Disease
According to the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council, evidence strongly suggests that chronic exposure to paraquat can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 200–600%.
While paraquat has been banned in 32 countries across the world, including the European Union and China, it has not been banned in the United States yet. In fact, use of paraquat in the U.S. has only continued to grow in recent years.
What Is Paraquat Poisoning?
First used in the 1960s, paraquat dichloride (more commonly known as paraquat) is a highly toxic herbicide used commercially to prevent weed and grass growth near farms and crops. In fact, paraquat is so toxic that a single sip can be lethal — and there’s no known antidote.
Paraquat poisoning can occur if an individual:
- Inhales or ingests paraquat
- Comes into contact with sprayed plants
- Gets paraquat on their skin
- Mixes, loads, or applies paraquat
Because of its high toxicity, paraquat purchased in the U.S. has several safeguards added to it to help prevent people from accidentally consuming it. These safeguards include a:
- Blue dye to distinguish it from beverages
- Chemical agent that induces vomiting if drank
- Strong odor for caution
When purchased from outside of the U.S., paraquat may not have these additional safeguards, making accidental consumption a greater risk. But these precautions don’t help those who were exposed to paraquat on the job or who live or lived near a sprayed area.
What to Look for in Paraquat Lawyers
When you’re trying to find a paraquat attorney, it’s important to make sure they have the experience and reach to properly build your case.
Here are some key items to look for in a paraquat lawyer:
- A Free Case Review: Does the paraquat law firm offer a free, no-obligation consultation over your specific case?
- A Successful Track Record: Have the paraquat attorneys had success in cases like this in the past?
- Decades of Experience: Is this an established law firm with the resources and experience needed to fight for your case?
- A Nationwide Reach: Does your attorney know the ins and outs for laws in your state?
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and believe it may have been caused by paraquat poisoning, Sokolove Law may be able to help you. Reach out to us for a free consultation today.