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February 22, 2022

What You Need to Know About the Dangers of Paraquat. 

What is Paraquat?

Paraquat is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. However, it also happens to be one of the most dangerous. Just one sip of Paraquat can kill an adult, and therefore pervasive use can pose a significant threat to the health and well-being of residents who live close to farms and agriculture.

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Years of scientific research have supported and evidenced the dangers of Paraquat to human health. Even in low doses, exposure may lead to the development of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a neurological movement disorder caused by nerve cell damage in the brain. A study found that depending on the overall number of years of exposure, people exposed to Paraquat at a young age had a 200 to 600 percent greater chance of developing Parkinson’s. 

Also known by its trade name, Gramoxone, Paraquat has been banned in more than 60 countries. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has permitted its use in the United States and allowed producers to sell it to consumers largely without regulation and without disclosing the harmful, long-term side effects. Every fifteen years, all permitted herbicides are reviewed by the EPA to make sure they comply with federal safety standards. In 2017, the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council (UPAC) wrote a letter urging the EPA to deny the re-registration of Paraquat based on strong evidence that the herbicides harm human health. Although the evidence of the severe risk Paraquat poses to human health, the EPA re-approved its use of it in 2022. 

One of the main producers of Paraquat, Syngenta, denies the evidence that there is a definite connection between Parkinson’s disease and their product. Even more, they failed to disclose the side effects, allowing consumers to unknowingly purchase a product that poses a life-threatening danger to their health. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and believe it to be the result of exposure to Paraquat, call us to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights. Although it can’t reverse the injustice that has occurred, compensation can help provide a better quality of life and hold the manufacturer responsible for their negligence.

Our attorneys are just a phone call away. Call us nationwide 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or simply dial #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. You can also visit us online at Montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.

How do you know if you are at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease?

Residents who are farmworkers or live near farmland have the highest risk of developing Parkinson’s disease because they are most likely to be exposed. Paraquat is an aerosol-based product; when the product is used in a windy area, it can contaminate the air and drift into areas outside of where the herbicide was used. This can cause exposure to other residents of surrounding agriculture and farmlands.

However, since the severe side effects of the product were not disclosed on the warning label, users of the product have been unknowingly exposing themselves to toxic chemicals for years and putting themselves at high risk for Parkinson’s. 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the most common early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include: 

  • Tremor,
  • Slowness of movement,
  • Rigid muscles,
  • Loss of coordination and balance,
  • Loss of automatic movements,
  • Speech changes,
  • Writing changes,
  • Stooping posture,
  • Dizziness or fainting, and 
  • Muscle twisting, spasms, or cramps.

Do you have paraquat poisoning? 

Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide. Even brief exposure can cause poisoning, but long-term exposure leads to a high risk of developing permanent, more severe conditions, including Parkinson’s disease. 

Immediate side effects of experiencing paraquat poisoning can include:

  • Burning throat pain,
  • Nausea,
  • Abdominal pain,
  • Vomiting, including vomiting blood,
  • Diarrhea, which may include blood, and
  • Seizure.

If you are experiencing these severe symptoms, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention. You may be entitled to receive financial damages if you have suffered from paraquat poisoning, including compensation for medical expenses, lost income, disability, pain and suffering, and more. Our experienced paraquat lawyers are here to help. Call Montlick Injury Attorneys for a free case evaluation, at no risk to you. 

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Our Paraquat Claims Attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you no matter where you are located. Call us nationwide 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or simply dial #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. You can also visit us online at Montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.

Sources: https://www.michaeljfox.org/news/parkinsons-groups-call-ban-herbicide-linked-pd

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