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If you or a loved one has been harmed by exposure to Paraquat, you may be eligible for compensation through a Paraquat mass tort. Learn more here.
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Filing a Paraquat Legal Claim
Paraquat is a weed killer first introduced to the U.S. in 1962. It is now used as a defoliant in vineyards and on cotton crops, among other things. Since early 2020, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) has investigated whether Paraquat causes Parkinson’s disease in humans. Multiple studies have linked Paraquat exposure to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease in animals and farm workers. This degenerative movement disorder affects nearly one million Americans.
In one study published in January 2020, researchers found that women who lived near fields sprayed with Paraquat were about 2.5 times more likely to die from Parkinson’s disease than those who did not live near fields sprayed with this chemical. Those exposed to Paraquat poisoning may be at an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. Therefore, Paraquat Lawsuits are being filed throughout the country by people who have suffered serious health complications from exposure to the herbicide.
Confused about Paraquat Mass Tort Lawsuit? We are here to answer your questions.
If you consider filing a Paraquat lawsuit with a personal injury and truck accident attorney, the first step is to determine if you have been exposed to Paraquat and where you were exposed. Identify what symptoms you may be experiencing. The most common include:
- Lung scarring (pulmonary fibrosis) — those who spray Paraquat are at risk for lung scarring because they inhale the chemical when sprayed on crop fields.
- Skin irritation and blistering — many who worked closely are exposed to the chances of irritation and blistering when handling it.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Paraquat has not been manufactured or sold in the United States since 2007. However, it is still used as an herbicide in certain countries, such as Guatemala and Brazil. As such, there is still the risk of exposure.
Hiring an Attorney for Paraquat Lawsuits
Although Paraquat has long been linked to Parkinson’s disease in scientific research, Paraquat lawsuits are a relatively recent occurrence. People are being made aware of how dangerous this chemical can be when misused. If they are not diligently protecting themselves from exposure in work settings, their risk of exposure and poisoning increases.
Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien is a class action lawsuit and mass tort law firm. Their personal injury lawyer in St. Louis works with clients nationwide to file mass tort lawsuits and class action claims. A lawsuit may be the only way to compensate for injury or harm caused by large companies like Monsanto. They take on cases that other lawyers refuse to handle. Contact them for a free consultation.