Paraquat Parkinson's Disease Lawsuit Lawyers - Montlick Injury Attorneys
Were You or Your Loved One Exposed to Paraquat and Now Suffer From Parkinson's Disease?
Paraquat lawsuits are products liability claims that are brought by plaintiffs seeking economic compensation for harm caused by exposure to Paraquat, which has been linked with an increase in Parkinson's Disease.
What is Paraquat?
Paraquat dichloride, known as "Paraquat" is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. In fact, it was manufactured for decades under the trade name, Gramoxone, and is currently banned in dozens of other countries. Recently, research has indicated that exposure to Paraquat can cause Parkinson's Disease, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Initial symptoms may start as a tremor in the hand, but can progress to slowed movement, rigid muscles, impaired posture and balance, loss of automatic movements, and speech changes, among other symptoms.
Do you have questions about a potential Paraquat claim? If you or a family member have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and believe Paraquat exposure to be the cause, contact Montlick Injury Attorneys for your free consultation to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights. Call us nationwide 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You may also contact us using our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.
Paraquat Lawsuits Are Now Being Filed to Recover Economic Compensation!
A recent study's findings connect Parkinson's Disease to Paraquat. The research study published in "Environmental Health Perspectives" found that rural residents relying on private well water have a greater chance of developing Parkinson's Disease. The California study examined 700 Central Valley residents who consumed private well water and found that there was a higher number of people who have Parkinson's Disease. The study calculated the risk rate was about 90 percent higher for residents who had private water wells near fields that were sprayed with insecticides such as "Chlorpyrifo or Propargite," other herbicides that contain Paraquat as the active ingredient.
Studies conducted over the past several years show that pesticides may be potent neurotoxins. The research studies on pesticides suggest that pesticides and insecticides attack brain development. This could occur while children are in the womb or during infancy, which may cause neurological diseases later in life. Laboratory testing also showed common farm insecticides can cause Parkinson's symptoms in laboratory test animals who were exposed to such chemicals. Studies performed on rural residents who lived near farms and farmers have shown a Parkinson's disease link.
There are one million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which is an incurable neurological disease. Parkinson's Disease usually begins with slight tremors and then progresses to significant muscle control difficulties making it difficult for patients to walk and talk.
A recent UCLA research project examined people's proximity to certain chemicals and estimated their exposure. The UCLA researchers used land use maps to form their analysis. The study reviewed twenty-six farm pesticides that are currently being used in the United States. They also reviewed six specific pesticides to look for a link to Parkinson's Disease, and discovered that residents drinking private well water within 1,500 feet of twelve or more of the pesticides had 66% higher Parkinson's disease instances. Airborne pesticide exposure only increased a small percentage of the risk of developing Parkinson's Disease. The pesticide with the strongest link to Parkinson's Disease was Propargite, and the results were astonishing. Residents with private water wells near fields sprayed with Propargite were at a 90% chance of developing Parkinson's Disease. The study also concluded that the insecticides chlorpyrifos and methomyl increased the chance of developing Parkinson's Disease by 67% and 87%, respectively. Chlorpyrifos is known under the trade names, Lorsban and Dursban, and was banned for residential use in 2001. However, the chemicals are used on corn, fruit trees, cotton, and other crops. Methomyl, is used mostly on alfalfa and has been restricted due to its toxicity.
According to the warnings from both the EPA and the FDA, there is evidence confirming a causal link between Parkinson's disease and Paraquat. Recent research studies have even shown that one exposure incident involving Paraquat could cause cellular damage in neuron cells leading to the development of Parkinson's Disease.
Who is at Risk?
Residents living near farmland, farmworkers, and EPA-certified Paraquat applicators have the highest risk of acquiring Parkinson's Disease. If you or a member of your family has been exposed to Paraquat and developed Parkinson's Disease, you may be entitled to valuable compensation, including financial recovery for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
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