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February 24, 2022

Explaining Paraquat (What you NEED to Know)

Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide that unfortunately is extremely common in the United States. It has been used by commercial farmers and other agricultural workers in the United States since 1964. It’s predominantly used to control weeds and grasses in commercial crops such as corn, soy, and cotton.

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Since the product is highly toxic, it’s limited only to commercial use. However, that’s not the case in most of the world. Over 60 countries have banned the use of paraquat because of the extreme risk it poses to human health, including China, Brazil, and the EU. Interestingly, China has banned the use of the product within the country but continues to export it for outside use.

Who Might Be Affected?

Since paraquat is an aerosol-based product, it contaminates the air when used, and in areas with high wind can travel to different locations, causing innocent bystanders to unknowingly inhale toxic fumes. Therefore, anyone who lives near a location where paraquat is being used is at risk for exposure. However, the most vulnerable populations are farmers, herbicide applicators, and other agricultural workers because they face the most direct form of exposure. In 2017, it was estimated that 10,000,000 pounds of paraquat were used annually in the United States alone. In the United States, California leads the country with the highest paraquat usage, followed closely by Texas.

What are the dangers of Paraquat? 

The extreme dangers of paraquat are well-known. Scientists have used paraquat for years in laboratory experiments to induce Parkinson’s disease in animals to study the illness. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledges the severe danger the herbicide poses, saying “one small accidental sip can be fatal.” While the immediate effects of paraquat are fatal, there are also serious long-term effects, which can put the health and well-being of anyone who is exposed in jeopardy.  

Paraquat is commonly used as an alternative to Round Up, specifically when weeds have already built up a resistance to other herbicides. Similarly, Roundup (the herbicide produced by Monsanto) has dealt with various legal battles over their product’s proven link to causing cancer. 

Immediate Signs of Paraquat Exposure

After a person ingests or comes into contact with paraquat, they will likely experience symptoms at an accelerated rate. These symptoms can include:

  • Swelling of the mouth and throat
  • Gastrointestinal issues, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 
  • Coma
  • Fast heart rate
  • Lung scarring
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory failure

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention. The effects of paraquat poisoning are often fatal, but if a person survives, they may be subject to multiple long-term health conditions, such as: lung scarring, kidney failure, and esophageal fissures. If you are exposed to paraquat, follow the CDC instructions on what to do if you are exposed, and how you can protect yourself.  

If you or someone you love has developed Parkinson’s disease as a result of exposure to paraquat, our experienced paraquat injury attorneys are here to help. You or your loved one may be entitled to financial compensation as a result for the manufacturer’s negligent production of a highly toxic product. Although it will not remedy the injustice that has occurred, it can hold the negligent party responsible, cover some of the expenses that come with debilitating health problems and improve quality of life. For a free, no risk consultation with one of our paraquat claims lawyers, call Montlick Injury Attorneys. 

If you are experiencing these severe symptoms, 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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