A Paraquat lawsuit demands compensation for injuries caused by this dangerous herbicide. People who use this product and suffered harm have the right to file a claim for damages. Paraquat is an herbicide used for weed and grass control in the United States. Manufactured by Syngenta, Paraquat is used in commercial crop settings for weed control and desiccation of crops.
If you have used Paraquat and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Paraquat has been banned in 32 countries, including in Switzerland, where Swiss manufacturer Syngenta produces the herbicide.
Reach out to our Paraquat lawyers if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after long-term exposure. Our legal team can answer your questions and help you seek compensation.
Signs and Symptoms of Paraquat Poisoning
The immediate signs and symptoms of Paraquat poisoning differ based on the type and duration of exposure, and the amount absorbed into the body.
Small to medium amounts of Paraquat exposure can have adverse health effects like heart, liver, or kidney failure, or lung scarring.
Large amounts of exposure can cause more serious health issues like acute kidney failure, heart damage, seizures, and coma.
Prolonged exposure to Paraquat has been linked to neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
Can Paraquat Cause Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes tremors, limb stiffness, balance, and coordination issues, with symptoms getting worse over time. Studies show that approximately 1 in 10 cases of Parkinson’s is due to genetics. Farmers, agricultural industry workers, landscapers, groundskeepers, and those who live within 1,600 feet of a farm that uses Paraquat are 75% more at risk to develop Parkinson’s. Farmers are 2.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms include:
- Tremors and shaking in the hands and fingers, even at rest
- Stiff, rigid muscles and joints that may be painful
- Changes in speech patterns
- Slowed movements including difficulties getting out of a chair or dragging your feet as you walk
- Loss of automatic movements like blinking, smiling, or swinging your arms as you walk
Paraquat has been available since 1964 and has also been sold under these brand names in the United States:
- Paraquate Concentrate
- Cyclone SL 2.0
Can I File a Claim Against Syngenta?
There is currently one class-action lawsuit against Syngenta and has been amended to also include Growmark and Chevron Chemical. If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s due to exposure to Paraquat, you may be able to sue the company that made and sold the product. The lawsuits allege Syngenta must be held responsible because they:
- Knew or should have known that Paraquat was highly toxic and that exposure could cause Parkinson’s disease
- Failed to warn about the dangers and health consequences of Paraquat exposure
- Negligently designed and marketed Paraquat to the public
- Failed to take reasonable steps to prevent harm
Syngenta continued to sell the product in the United States despite bans in 32 other countries. Thousands of people were continuously exposed to a dangerous chemical that can cause life-changing medical conditions.
Talk to an Attorney about Filing a Paraquat Lawsuit
Our Paraquat lawyers can help if you for someone you care about was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to Paraquat. The following criteria must be met to qualify to participate in a Paraquat lawsuit:
- Prove exposure to Paraquat in a setting such as working on a farm, applying herbicide, chemical mixing, or living around a farming community
- Medical diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease or a related neurological condition
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