Paraquat is a chemical that has been used for decades to kill weeds and grasses. But, unfortunately, it can also be deadly to humans if they come into contact with it.
The problem is that Paraquat isn’t always handled properly by those who use it. It’s toxic enough that even brief exposure can cause death, so people need to take care when using this herbicide on their property or lawns.
The law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC are legal advocates for Paraquat victims harmed by using the toxic chemical or exposed to a dangerous environment.
We are actively investigating and prosecuting Paraquat lawsuits on behalf of people who have Parkinson’s Disease.
Contact a personal injury attorney at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
Paraquat is a Toxic Chemical
Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide that can be dangerous to humans and animals. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been studying the health effects of Paraquat since 1979 when they first proposed a ban on it.
The EPA’s study found evidence that exposure to Paraquat caused lung cancer in laboratory animals, as well as damage to their livers, kidneys, adrenal glands, and other organs.
The EPA also found that people exposed to high levels of Paraquat had an increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and prostate cancer. In addition, children exposed to this chemical have an increased risk of developing leukemia later in life.
Because there are no alternatives available currently, we recommend using protective gear such as gloves and goggles whenever handling or spraying with Paraquat Herbicide. Please do not drink water from any source until you know it has not come into contact.
Ensure you have the proper safety equipment in place and follow all the precautions recommended by the manufacturer when using Paraquat.
Then, you’ll significantly reduce your risk of coming into contact with this dangerous chemical substance during its application process.
Paraquat Usage Statistics
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Paraquat is the most common cause of pesticide-related illness in the United States. Paraquat poisoning has caused an estimated 50 deaths per year since 1980.
The Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America, a network for grass-roots groups in the United States and Mexico who advocate against pesticide use, states, “Paraquat is truly a dangerous substance. It causes acute poisoning that often leads to death.”
Despite these dangers, Paraquat continues to be used in the United States. The EPA estimates that about 1.3 million pounds of Paraquat are applied annually in the United States.
- Paraquat is an herbicide that is used to kill weeds. It is sprayed on crops to kill the weeds, and it is also used as a desiccant to dry out crops before harvest.
- Paraquat is a contact herbicide, meaning that it kills the plant when it comes into contact with the leaves. It is not systemic, meaning it does not move throughout the plant to kill it.
The United States Paraquat Data: Deaths from Paraquat Poisoning (Timeframe: 2005 – 2015)
According to data, there has been an increase in the number of deaths from paraquat poisoning in recent years. For example, in 2000, 3 cases of paraquat poisoning resulted in death.
Data is based on only 5 cases of paraquat dichloride poisoning resulting in death within the United States per year.
Therefore, these numbers can be considered underestimating how many people are killed by paraquat poisoning each year.
The number of deaths from paraquat exposure involving farmworkers, agricultural workers, and others in the United
States over the last decade include:
- 2007: 25 deaths in California
- 2009: 22 in California
- 2011: 1 in Texas
- 2013: 2 in California
- 2014: 19 in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, and New Jersey (14 decedents were farmworkers)
- 2016: 6 deaths in California (4 decedents were farmworkers)1 2012-2017: 50 deaths in California (11 decedents were farmworkers)
Data is based on reported cases of paraquat dichloride poisoning resulting in death within the United States per year.
Unfortunately, this data does not include all known cases since there are likely many unreported cases that occur each year.
Paraquat was banned in the Netherlands and Sri Lanka and restricted in the United Kingdom.
The PAN North America reports that “Paraquat is banned or severely restricted in most of the world, with some notable exceptions, such as the U.S., Brazil, and China.”
Worldwide production of Paraquat:
- China: 66%
- U.S.: 15%
- Others: 19%
Death rates are calculated based on five-year averages to account for variations in the number of cases reported from year to year.
- Farmers include those involved in crop production, forestry, and livestock farming
- Agricultural workers include those involved in crop production and livestock farming
The Dangers of Exposure to Paraquat Aqueous Solution
A paraquat aqueous solution is an herbicide that has been around for decades. It is one of the most dangerous substances in industrial agriculture.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies it as highly poisonous, and there are numerous accounts of accidental poisonings throughout the world every year.
Paraquat is a toxic herbicide that has been linked to serious health problems. It is a potent mutagen and causes genetic damage, leading to birth defects.
In addition, Paraquat is an acutely toxic substance that causes severe lung damage if taken orally or even if it comes into contact with the skin.
It damages the lungs by destroying the delicate cells that line their surface. It can lead to difficulty breathing, chest pain, and even death. Paraquat is also a carcinogen, meaning that it can cause cancer.
Studies have shown that it increases the risk of:
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Pulmonary fibrosis, a debilitating lung disease
Ingesting Paraquat can be fatal, as it damages the lungs and puts extreme strain on the respiratory system. There are known cases of people who have ingested Paraquat and died within days.
Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease
Paraquat has also been linked to Parkinson’s disease. When it enters the body, Paraquat is converted by liver enzymes into a highly reactive molecule called “MPTP.”
MPTP explicitly targets neurons in the brain that produce dopamine, leading to the death of these neurons and the development of Parkinson’s disease.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, and it is a debilitating condition that affects the quality of life of those who suffer from it. Paraquat exposure may increase the risk of developing this debilitating illness.
Paraquat is banned in many countries, but it is still widely used in industrial agriculture. Therefore, it is important to be aware of this herbicide’s dangers and take steps to avoid exposure to it.
Paraquat is a highly dangerous substance that should be avoided at all costs. If you suspect that you have been exposed to it, seek medical attention immediately.
Paraquat Poisoning and the Environmental Protection Agency
Statistics show that 211,669 persons required emergency medical treatment for paraquat dichloride poisoning in the United States from 1980 to 1994!
Did you know that people who use Paraquat or glyphosate (the two most widely used herbicides) have a 46 times greater chance of developing lung cancer than non-users?
So, what is the EPA doing about this? They are allowing the continued unrestricted use of Paraquat and glyphosate!
What is the EPA doing about herbicides contaminating our water supply? They continue to allow polluters to self-regulate themselves!
Studies show that contaminated water supply because of toxic pollutants, including Paraquat and other herbicides, can cause birth defects, reproductive problems, and cancer.
But the EPA doesn’t seem to think that this is a big deal!
The Environmental Protection Agency has gutted all regulations that would protect our public health. Instead, they protect industry profits and contribute to the growing cancer epidemic.
The latest statistics show this will affect nearly half of all Americans – one out of every two people!
The National Institute of Health
According to the National Institute of Health, paraquat dichloride poisoning through exposure to contaminated water is a serious public health threat.
They state that: “Exposure to even low levels of paraquat through drinking water can cause serious health problems.”
Recent data from the government agency shows that the toxic plant killer paraquat is turning up in water supplies all over the country.
The toxic herbicide’s many associated health problems are caused by secondary exposure to Paraquat, such as drinking water.
Paraquat Use to Control Weeds & the CDC
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), restricted use of paraquat formulations for grass control is used in home gardens and agriculture as one of the most used herbicides globally.
CDC researchers have discovered through surveys that Paraquat in various strengths has a high absorption rate, leading to the development of Parkinson’s disease and other severe health conditions.
These researchers also indicate that inhaled Paraquat is the major route of exposure for most people, with dermal contact also a potential hazard due to high toxicity.
They advise that: “People should avoid breathing dust or mist generated when paraquat is applied, entering treated fields until the spray has dried, and avoiding contact with treated plants.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges caution when using Paraquat for weed control because of its link with Parkinson’s disease.
Exposed to Paraquat: OSHA
According to OSHA, paraquat dichloride is a potent oxidizing agent, producing poisonous and irritating fumes. It’s also known to contain traces of diquat dibromide.
OSHA reports that exposure to paraquat dichloride can take place in many forms:
- Inhalation-inhaling the pesticide through the nose or mouth
- Ingestion-swallowing the pesticide
- Skin contact-direct contact with the skin
- Eye contact-contact with the eyes
The health risk associated with the restricted use of paraquat dichloride is significant and can cause long-term damage to your health.
Therefore, it is important to be aware of these risks and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure.
OSHA reports that exposure to weed control products, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals can be extremely hazardous, even deadly.
In fact, each year, there are about 5000 serious injuries and 300 fatalities from occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Other data from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that:
- About 1,000 occupational illness and injury cases are due to weed control products and pesticides each year.
- These injuries and illnesses result in 5,000 lost workdays every year. These are the probable outcomes of exposure to paraquat dichloride.
- About half of all occupational illnesses and injuries are caused by toxic chemical products and pesticides. In addition, about one-third of workdays lost to illness or injury are associated with chemical exposure.
According to the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for paraquat dichloride: “Paraquat is a severe injurious eye irritant. Skin contact may cause blistering and skin ulceration.
Inhalation of dust or spray mist may cause severe lung damage. Ingestion may cause severe injury to the gastrointestinal tract. Paraquat is toxic by all routes of exposure.”
Taking Precautions in the Workplace
Anyone working with Paraquat must take all the necessary precautions to avoid exposure. Wearing the proper personal protective equipment, such as gloves, safety glasses, and a dust mask can significantly reduce the risk of handling this dangerous herbicide.
When exposed to paraquat dichloride in the workplace, you must immediately get out of the area, get into clean air, and seek medical attention.
Based on these data, Paraquat is one of the most dangerous weed control products available on the market.
The same data applies to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, a known dangerous toxic chemical.
Paraquat manufacturers formulate the highly poisonous herbicide using blue dye to ensure users are not confusing the liquid with beverages for consumption.
Additionally, they had a sharp odor that served as a warning to stay away.
Any vomiting, nausea or digestive problems could indicate you’ve consumed the grass control product and should seek immediate medical attention.
When Medical Attention is Necessary
If you suspect you’ve been exposed to Paraquat through inhalation or swallowing, avoid any further ingestion and go to the emergency room immediately for medical attention. Protecting yourself within the first few moments after paraquat exposure could save your life.
Once at the hospital, the medical professionals will likely use oral administration of fuller’s earth or activated charcoal that can bind together with the ingested Paraquat.
If you suspect your exposure to the high toxicity of Paraquat by liquids, remove your clothing and wash your entire body rapidly using soap and water.
In addition, removing clothing can ensure the chemical can be washed away from the skin.
Wash the area with soap and water quickly everywhere Paraquat contacts your skin.
Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup, a Highly Toxic Weed Killer
According to the data presented by Moms Across America, Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is dangerously toxic.
Exposure to this Roundup can cause a wide range of health problems, including:
- Birth defects
- Organ damage
- Neurological problems
- Hormonal problems
Roundup is also a known endocrine disruptor, meaning that it can interfere with the proper balance and functioning of hormones in children and adults.
A 2012 study in France showed that Glyphosate herbicide caused cellular damage to human embryonic, placental, and hepatic cells.
Monsanto’s Roundup contains many other dangerous chemicals apart from glyphosate, including patented corrosion inhibitor
- 2,4-D amine salt
- Tallowamine aminomethylphosphonic acid
In addition to the health risks posed by Roundup, it is also a known environmental toxin.
According to the MSDS for Roundup: “The product contains surfactants and other ingredients that are toxic to aquatic organisms.” As a result, many people are exposed to contaminated areas, even when not using the product as an effective weed killer.
Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney to Resolve a Paraquat Compensation Claim
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our product liability attorneys represent injured farmers, ranchers, landscapers, and others exposed to Paraquat and other dangerous chemicals working in and near contaminated areas.
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