Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that can result in a number of serious complications, including tremors, bradykinesia, limb rigidity, and gait and balance problems. Many people have heard of Parkinson’s disease. However, what they may not know is that a commonly used herbicide may be a contributing factor to the development of Parkinson’s.
If you or a loved one has developed Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to the herbicide Paraquat, you may be wondering what to do. Dealing with the aftermath of a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be complicated and emotional. But depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, you may be entitled to compensation.
Filing a paraquat lawsuit can be the first step to getting the recovery you need and deserve. An experienced paraquat lawsuit lawyer can help you determine what steps to take moving forward.
As of 2022, the class action lawsuit continues to grow. There are about 875 Paraquat lawsuit cases.
The paraquat lawsuit attorneys at Gerling Law are ready to help you and countless others who have fallen victim to the consequences of paraquat exposure. Contact our team today to discuss your case and the possibility of filing a class action paraquat lawsuit.
What Is Paraquat?
Paraquat is a toxic chemical commonly used as an herbicide. It’s primary uses are for weed and grass control. While paraquat can be a useful chemical in certain situations, it is also highly poisonous and can be extremely dangerous.
Paraquat Background and Restrictions
Paraquat was first introduced for commercial use in 1961, intended for weed and grass control. Despite its use as an herbicide, paraquat has also been used in terrorist attacks around the world. Due to the toxic and dangerous nature of the chemical, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now classifies paraquat as a “restricted use” product (RUP). This means that it can be used only by people who are licensed to apply the chemical. RUPs are not available to the general public for use or purchase.
Recent Implementation of Additional Safety Measures
There is no question that paraquat is a dangerous chemical. For this very reason, the EPA recently proposed new measures to reduce the risks associated with paraquat. Some of these measures include:
- Prohibition of aerial application for most uses;
- Prohibition of pressurized handgun and backpack sprayer application methods on labels; and
- Addition of mandatory spray drift management language on labels.
These measures are an important step in better protecting human health and the environment from paraquat exposure.
Is There a Link Between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease?
Despite these risk reduction measures, the fact remains that paraquat is an extremely dangerous chemical. Its use has, and continues to have, devastating impacts on human health. New studies worldwide have linked paraquat to Parkinson’s disease. The studies have focused on farmers and other individuals who use paraquat, as well as people who live in surrounding areas. A 2001 study led by the Parkinson’s Institute and the National Institute of Health surveyed farmers and their spouses in Iowa and North Carolina. The study found that individuals who used paraquat or rotenone were two-and-a-half times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Paraquat Exposure
Even before being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it is important to know the signs and symptoms associated with paraquat exposure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ingestion of or exposure to paraquat can lead to:
- Heart failure,
- Kidney failure,
- Liver failure,
- Lung scarring,
- Fast heart rate,
- Muscle weakness,
- Pulmonary edema,
- Respiratory failure, and
If you have experienced any of these symptoms following exposure to paraquat, this may be a sign of even more severe health concerns. First contact a medical professional to seek immediate care. Then, contact a paraquat lawsuit lawyer to discuss your options for recovery.
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The first lawsuit regarding the effects of paraquat was filed in St. Clair County, Illinois, on October 6, 2017. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants, Sygenta, Growmark, and later Chevron Chemical, had manufactured, distributed, and sold paraquat under the name Gramoxone since 1964. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of farmers and agricultural workers who were exposed to paraquat and subsequently developed Parkinson’s.
Multiple similar lawsuits were also filed in California. These lawsuits have now been consolidated in Contra Costa County. While filing a lawsuit may seem like a daunting step to take, it is an extremely important one on your path to recovery. At Gerling Law, we can discuss your options with you and help you determine whether and how to file a paraquat lawsuit.
Why File a Paraquat Lawsuit?2>
Parkinson’s disease can have devastating impacts on your life, from medical expenses to emotional trauma. However, paraquat lawsuit attorneys can help. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, a paraquat lawsuit might entitle you to recover monetary compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses related to your Parkinson’s disease;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Emotional trauma;
- Loss of consortium; and
- Pain and suffering.
Of course, no amount of money can reverse your Parkinson’s diagnosis. However, these types of monetary damages can go a long way toward improving your quality of life and getting back to a sense of normalcy. A paraquat lawsuit attorney can help you achieve these goals.
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Gerling Law’s experienced Paraquat Lawsuit Attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means there are no upfront costs. We only get paid if you receive money. We Handle Mass Torts All Over The CountryWe consider ourselves a national law firm that represents plaintiffs in mass tort cases in federal and state courts across the country. We have attorneys admitted to the full time practice of law in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, and we can be admitted to practice on individual matters in other courts and, if necessary, we can engage local counsel at our own expense to comply with state ethical rules. In short, our mass tort clients live all over the country. No matter where you reside, we can help you with your case.
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A Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis can turn your world upside down. And knowing that your diagnosis may be the result of exposure to paraquat can make matters feel worse. But don’t give up hope.
The paraquat lawsuit attorneys at Gerling Law have been helping those in need for over 50 years. We founded our firm on “client first” principles. Thus, we will always put you first and fight zealously for your rights.
We have recovered more than $500 million for deserving clients in need. We’re ready to fight to do the same for you. Contact us today for a free case review. Let’s discuss your case and see what we can do to help you recover.
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