Paraquat Lawsuit For Parkinson’s Disease
For decades, the herbicide Paraquat has been used by agricultural workers throughout the United States as one of the most widely used industrial herbicides.
However, those farmworkers who have been exposed to Paraquat have an increased risk of Parkinson's disease.
As a result, a growing amount of research studies have begun to document the connection between using Paraquat and Parkinson's disease.
Furthermore, the correlation has led to federal lawsuits brought on behalf of plaintiffs who have developed Parkinson's disease.
Were you or a loved one exposed to Paraquat and diagnosed with this degenerative neurological disease?
If so, you might be able to recover financial compensation via a multi-district litigation lawsuit against the manufacturers of Paraquat. Contact us for a free consultation with a Paraquat lawyer today.
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help you as you seek to recover financial compensation for the damages that you have suffered as a result of paraquat exposure.
Call our Chicago product liability lawyers today for a free case evaluation. We are personal injury lawyers with a track record of fighting for our clients. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation to see how we can help you maximize your recovery under the law.
People Have Been Exposed to the Herbicide for Over Half a Century
Paraquat is the active ingredient of the herbicide Gramoxone. Paraquat was first approved for use in 1961 and has been used as a herbicide ever since.
Paraquat's toxicity makes it effective when farmers use it to control weeds.
Various manufacturers have held the rights to the product, which has been sold numerous times. In 2000, when AstraZeneca and Novartis merged, one of the merger approval conditions was that the companies divest the agricultural division. Before that, Paraquat was sold by Zeneca. After the merger, Syngenta was formed.
Now, Syngenta is owned by ;ChemChina, which paid $43 billion for the company back in 2015. As a result, ChemChina would assume all the liabilities when it made the deal, including the legal responsibility for Paraquat exposure.
While ChemChina does not release precise sales numbers, the global market for Paraquat was over $600 million in 2011. Many companies worldwide sell paraquat.
Only Licensed Applicators Can Use Dangerous Paraquat: Is Paraquat Safe?
Extreme Paraquat toxicity is well-known where science has linked paraquat to developing Parkinson's disease among agricultural workers and others through a mechanism called oxidative stress, affecting movement (motor symptoms).
The herbicide is commonly used in suicides in developing countries, as ingesting even a small dose could be fatal.
Using Paraquat might even damage internal organs through inhalation or skin exposure.
As a result, you cannot simply walk into a store and buy Paraquat. Instead, it can only be used by specifically licensed applicators trained to apply the substance according to EPA regulations.
Unfortunately, a study found that those with a specific genetic variation that used Paraquat on crops were at risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
How Paraquat Dichloride Works
Plants and weeds need a process called photosynthesis to grow. Once it is sprayed on crops, herbicides like Gramoxone and Ortho Paraquat kill plants as the chemical is absorbed into the ground, interfering with and stopping photosynthesis.
As a weed killer, Paraquat prevents the electron transfer that all weeds need to live and grow. By stopping photosynthesis and destroying cell membranes, Paraquat kills plants.
Unfortunately, Paraquat kills cells in humans, too, which is thought to lead to a neurotransmitter dopamine deficit that increases the risk of developing Parkinson's, causing motor symptoms.
Parkinson's Disease in Those Exposed to Paraquat: Is Paraquat Banned
While Paraquat herbicide is widely used on crops, it has always been known to be dangerous. As a result, the European Union banned the herbicide back in 2007, and this was before any agricultural health study showed the full extent of the chemical's dangers.
The most current health scare relates to Parkinson's disease studies and this widely used herbicide. The specific issue started with a study from the National Institutes of Health and Environmental Health Sciences agency in 2011.
This agricultural health study showed that factors connected with the chemical use could make it more likely that those exposed could have developed Parkinson's disease.
The health risks of using Paraquat on crops led the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue new restrictions for chemical and pesticide use in the United States.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Refuses to Ban Paraquat
The United States EPA has recently had a relatively weak record of regulating highly toxic chemicals. The same agency that refused to outlaw the glyphosate that was the active ingredient in Roundup pesticide has refused to outlaw the use of Paraquat.
However, the agency does continue to categorize Paraquat as a restricted-use herbicide and can only be used by a licensed pesticide applicator.
The EPA recently approved a re-registration of the chemical in the United States, albeit with some new conditions, including licensing herbicide applicators. This EPA regulatory filing granted re-approval for commercially licensed users even with all the health risks and the fact that the toxic non-selective herbicide for unwanted weeds and grass growth is banned in 32 countries.
Regardless, the EPA has stood alone against the rest of the world when a toxic chemical or pesticide presents an increased risk to farmers and agricultural workers. Even China, a country with a questionable environmental record and the home of Paraquat's owner, has issued a Paraquat ban.
Paraquat Usage Has Not Fallen in the U.S.
Paraquat is still applied heavily on crops in the Eastern part of the United States. However, as crop yields have become more resistant to pesticides and substances such as Roundup, farmers are turning to other ways to kill weeds.
Notwithstanding the increasing amount of research that shows the dangers, this puts more people at risk.
Paraquat Linked to Parkinson's: Lawsuits for Risks Associated with Paraquat
The number of Paraquat lawsuit cases in the United States grows, although plaintiffs have just started filing these cases. These claims are not associated with the law case of a product used years ago and have largely been discontinued.
Study data shows that numerous people will be sickened by the toxic chemical. Syngenta and Growmark are among the companies that are defendants in these cases.
Were you or a loved one diagnosed with Parkinson's disease after exposure to paraquat?
If so, you must contact a lawyer at our firm to discuss your legal rights and options for joining some of the pending cases.
A Recent Paraquat Lawsuit Explains the Case Against the Herbicide's Manufacturers
In January 2021, an Illinois crop duster filed a lawsuit against the following defendants that were involved in the manufacture and sale of the chemical that allegedly sickened him with kidney disease and Parkinson's:
- Syngenta AG and Syngenta Crop Protection
- Phillips Chemical
The Paraquat lawsuit filed claims that the plaintiff worked in fields from 1969 to 1981. During that time, he suffered repeated exposure to Paraquat products (weed killer) and ingested it, and inhaled it as it was sprayed on the farm fields.
In 2019, the plaintiff was subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson's and kidney failure. Here, one of the major issues is that the chemical drifts when it is sprayed, and it can lead to a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease among people in neighboring fields.
Paraquat Lawsuit Numbers Are Growing Throughout the United States
One of the first cases involving the Paraquat was filed in St. Clair County, Illinois. The lawsuit claims that the manufacturers (Syngenta and Growmark) failed to warn them of the dangers of paraquat dichloride as specified by the toxic pesticides act.
Since then, similar civil suits have been filed in various jurisdictions alleging Paraquat exposure caused Parkinson's Disease.
Due to the similar fact patterns involving the same defendants and similar injuries, the lawsuits have been consolidated into a Multi-District Litigation program in Federal Court.
On June 7, 2021, the United States Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation ordered all civil suits filed in Federal Court to be consolidated into the Southern District of Southern Illinois (PARAQUAT PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION Case No. 3:21-MD-3004-NJR)
Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel will oversee existing and future product liability lawsuits as they will be centralized for discovery purposes, but cases will be tried individually.
While these cases remain in the early phases of litigation, our Paraquat attorneys will monitor the cases' progress and update this web page as Judge Rosenstengel makes substantive rulings.
As the number of paraquat lawsuits continues to grow, we will report on settlements and jury verdicts.
Paraquat dichloride is a highly toxic weed-killing herbicide for commercial use only. Since farmers come in close contact with this herbicide, they're most vulnerable. Apart from that, people living near industrial farms also suffer from paraquat exposure to toxic herbicides.
Over the years, paraquat has allegedly resulted in several adverse health effects, with the development of Parkinson's disease being the most prominent and concerning.
As a result, thirty-two countries across the globe have banned the herbicide, including the European Union. However, the US has not banned paraquat yet.
Paraquat use has increased in recent years. The US Environmental Protection Agency reports paraquat to be the most widely used product to kill weeds in the country. About 11 million pounds of paraquat are sprayed on crops in the US annually.
The extremely toxic chemical herbicide kills green plant tissues on contact. Although it's highly effective, it can be detrimental to human health, especially to people who apply Paraquat to the crops.
Many settlements filed against the manufacturer have focused on injured paraquat plaintiffs with an elevated risk of Parkinson's disease after paraquat exposure. In the United States, paraquat products are the most widely used herbicides.
However, only a handful of agricultural laborers have licenses and sufficient training to work on farmlands sprayed with the toxic herbicide.
As the number of cases grows, we will report on paraquat lawsuit settlements and jury verdicts.
The US agricultural sector has used paraquat for nearly 50 years. Gramoxone is a famous brand name for paraquat, marketed by Syngenta. Despite its apparent dangers, the herbicide is still in use in the country.
In 2011, the researchers performing the health study found paraquat was associated with Parkinson's disease. People who came into contact with paraquat were twice as likely to get the disease as someone with no exposure to paraquat.
Other research has shown that occupational paraquat exposure results in Parkinson's disease. The Unified Parkinson's Advocacy Council presented multiple studies and urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban paraquat use in the country in 2017.
They claimed that people who experienced paraquat exposure in their young lives have a 200% to 600% higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
Where Paraquat Is Banned
Globally, many nations have banned the use of paraquat. It is illegal to manufacture or sell paraquat in 33 different countries.
Some of the countries that have banned Paraquat include:
However, there are still 64 countries where the use and sale of paraquat is legal.
Is Paraquat Banned in the United States?
While many countries in the world have banned paraquat, in the United States, the weed killer is still in use on many farmlands sprayed with the deadly weed and grass killer.
There are no federal or state laws that ban consumers from buying or using paraquat. However, no one can sell the chemical to anyone under 18. In addition, the US Department of Transportation restricts the herbicide to transport on public roadways because of its toxicity.
In the United States, multiple states have issued a ban on paraquat for any agricultural purpose. Using paraquat as an active ingredient against plants and vegetation is illegal.
Two of the states that have banned paraquat:
Although paraquat has been banned in some states, it is still legal in other states. In the states where paraquat is still legal to use and purchase, federal agencies have restricted its transportation on public roadways due to toxicity concerns.
The paraquat lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims harmed by the toxic chemical, including those diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
How Can You Be Exposed to Paraquat?
You can encounter paraquat hazards in one of the following ways:
- Inhalation: Paraquat exposure is dangerous. Inhaling hazardous herbicides can damage the lungs. Inhalation occurs when you breathe in the aerosolized chemical or smoke a plant tainted with paraquat. Traces of paraquat have been found in marijuana in the US.
- Eating or Drinking: The toxic herbicide easily mixes into drinks and foods, making consumption through ingestion or drinking deadly. A strong odor, dye, and vomiting agents are added to paraquat in the US to minimize the risk of exposure through accidental ingestion.
- Skin Contact: If paraquat comes into direct contact with skin, it can cause harm, especially if the paraquat exposure has been ongoing for a long time. Moreover, the effect of exposure to paraquat is higher if there's a rash or open wound upon contact.
Effects of Paraquat Exposure
When exposed to paraquat, an individual experiences the following immediate side effects:
- Stomach pain
- Pain in the mouth and throat
- Swelling in the mouth and throat
- Low blood pressure
- Vomiting and nausea
Licensed applicators, farmers, and neighbors exposed to paraquat long-term may develop the side effects that can present themselves in a few hours or days after ingestion or inhalation as follows:
- Fluid in lungs
- Liver failure
- Heart and kidney failure
- General weakness
- Confusion and emotional distress
- Accelerated heart rate
- Lung scarring
Individuals facing paraquat's exposure for months or years are prone to the following health concerns:
- Weak immune system
- Kidney damage
- Liver failure
- Impaired movement
- Heart failure
- Damaged brain cells
- Difficulty swallowing
- Lung scarring
- Difficulty breathing
- Risk of congenital disabilities
- Inflammation of the skin
Developed Parkinson's Disease and Paraquat Use
Most importantly, paraquat allegedly results in Parkinson's disease, a severe progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting bodily movement. Motor symptoms start appearing gradually, such as a tremor in the hands.
Paraquat is a dangerous herbicide that can lead to Parkinson's disease.
Paraquat is one of many pesticides used in agriculture and residential properties for weed control. Paraquat has been shown to cause lung cancer in humans through studies with rats. It also causes nerve damage and brain cell death through exposure and heart problems when ingested or inhaled into the human body.
Paraquat Can Kill Instantly
One study on the paraquat link to Parkinson's found that 3 of 544 cases of Parkinson's disease were associated with paraquat inhalation. All three sufferers had a history of contact with the herbicide before their diagnosis.
Unlike other herbicides, this weed and grass killer can kill a subject instantly when swallowed or cause Parkinson's disease through long-term exposure.
Over time, slowed mobility and stiffness develop in the patient. Parkinson's disease gradually progresses since it has five stages. The earlier stages are less noticeable, but the victim's quality of life and mobility suffer as they go to the later stages.
Here are some motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease patients experience:
- Change in speech patterns and general speech
- Hunching forward
- Impaired balance and posture
- Stiff joints and muscles
- Frequent shaking and tremors in hands (dopaminergic neurons degeneration)
- Notably slow mobility
A 2018 study found that farmworkers using hazardous Paraquat were 2.5 times more likely to suffer serious health problems and develop Parkinson's disease.
By 2019, the Unified Parkinson's Advocacy Council informed the EPA of the link between Paraquat dichloride and people subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Risk of Paraquat Poisoning
This report revealed scientific studies finding that "paraquat increases the likelihood of developing Parkinson's disease." In addition, the study found a correlation between the toxic chemical and the increased risk of paraquat poisoning and oxidative stress.
In other research by the same team, farmworkers had an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease if exposed to toxic paraquat herbicides for five or more years. This toxic herbicide is widely used and often causes harmful side effects on those exposed to it. Those with Parkinson's disease should avoid exposure at all costs.
A study conducted in New York as part of the Agricultural Health Study (AHS) examined whether or not exposure to pesticides, including Paraquat, was connected to Parkinson's disease.
The study concluded that although there was an association between using the chemical and contracting Parkinson's disease, other factors might be contributing to this link.
However, that evidence was insufficient to implicate the dangerous chemical as the cause of Parkinson's disease in humans.
More research is necessary to determine why farmers who use this herbicide are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. Still, we know that the link exists due to animal and human studies.
This link between paraquat and Parkinson's disease should draw serious attention. In addition, farmers should consider using other pesticides that don't have such harmful side effects.
Enzymes Interacting with the Herbicide
Paraquat is known to cause Parkinson's disease because it targets the mitochondria in our cells, which generate the necessary energy for the proper functioning of the body.
This herbicide interacts with one of these enzymes called cytochrome P450 in the mitochondria (CYP1A1 in the human body). As a result, it interrupts the process, which creates energy.
Unfortunately, the mitochondria cannot create energy, so they will shut down and cause cell death, and in some cases, lead to Parkinson's. It has been found that rats exposed to Paraquat developed Parkinsonism.
This herbicide interacts with enzymes in the body, especially those involved in Parkinson's. Consequently, this leads to cell death and neuron damage, which are signs of this devastating illness.
What is the Paraquat Settlement?
Were you or a close relative exposed to this highly toxic substance? If so, you can file a paraquat lawsuit against the company to get compensation for lost wages and medical bills. The process is called a paraquat lawsuit settlement.
For instance, Syngenta is a company that makes hazardous chemicals and is being held liable in many paraquat lawsuits.
The paraquat lawyers hold the company accountable because it:
- Should have known – due to extensive testing before product release – or knew about the toxic effects of Paraquat exposure and its link with Parkinson's
- Failed to warn the chemical users about the health consequences of the herbicide use
- Marketed and designed the product negligently
- Failed to protect users from paraquat exposure by taking responsible steps
Why File a Paraquat Lawsuit?
Were you or a close relative diagnosed with Parkinson's disease due to Paraquat? Are you suspecting the deadly herbicide may have caused your illness?
The only option to ascertain if you qualify is to request a free case evaluation and file for compensation for your punitive damages.
Some epidemiological studies identified the correlation between paraquat use and Parkinson's disease. Also, data reveals a five-fold risk of Parkinson's among those holding occupational positions where workers regularly encounter chemical toxins, including the farming industry.
Unfortunately, many crop workers and farmers were unaware of the severe health risks of using, handling or breathing the restricted-use herbicide. As a result, many individuals seek justice and financial compensation through paraquat claims.
Here are some reasons to file a paraquat Parkinson's lawsuit:
If you have developed Parkinson's disease due to prolonged occupational exposure to paraquat, you'll be paying hefty medical bills. Plus, a patient with Parkinson's has to undergo treatment regularly.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the disease is debilitating. In addition, Parkinson's disease patients might lose wages due to taking time off from work or being unable to work. Therefore, paraquat lawsuits allow plaintiffs to receive financial compensation for pain and suffering, loss of good quality of life, medical costs, and lost wages.
An experienced paraquat lawyer can ensure you receive maximum compensation through paraquat settlements, multidistrict litigation (MDL), or the paraquat class-action lawsuit.
Many federal paraquat MDL lawsuits have identified individual claims' value and shortened the legal process.
Hold Paraquat Manufacturers Accountable
The bad thing about paraquat exposure is that companies knew about its link with Parkinson's. Still, they continued to make and sell the herbicide. Therefore, paraquat Parkinson's lawsuits can hold these companies accountable for being negligent.
The herbicide manufacturers knew about Paraquat's potential links to Parkinson's. However, they did not warn farmers, landscapers, or other people who used the herbicide about its side effects.
By taking legal action against these companies, paraquat attorneys working on your behalf can hold them accountable for their negligent behavior. In addition, they can seek compensation for your damages due to prolonged exposure to this deadly restricted-use herbicide.
Paraquat Litigation Process
When you have Parkinson's, the last thing on your mind is protecting your rights and health. But, unfortunately, many people with this illness have little or no idea that when they were exposed to Paraquat it led to the symptoms of Parkinson's.
It is essential to file a paraquat exposure lawsuit as soon as possible. You need to know what legal path you should take to do so effectively.
It is essential to have a lawyer by your side during the entire paraquat litigation process. In some cases, the defendants work hard to decrease the compensation for damages due to the toxin.
File a Paraquat Parkinson's Disease Lawsuit
You can file a paraquat Parkinson's disease lawsuit if previously exposed to the weed killer that resulted in Parkinson's. Here are some people who are eligible to file paraquat lawsuits:
- People working around commercial pesticides
- Residents in areas near farmlands where paraquat is in use on crops
- Agricultural workers, such as growers, farmers, landscapers, pickers, and licensed applicators
- Any individual diagnosed with Parkinson's while working or visiting farmland that is sprayed with the herbicide
Hiring a Paraquat Lawsuit Lawyer to Resolve a Paraquat Herbicide-Caused Parkinson's Disease Case
Has your doctor told you that exposure to toxic Paraquat could cause Parkinson's? Did you work with the weed and grass killer and develop rashes through skin absorption or inhalation?
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, our paraquat attorneys have a proven track record of representing injured victims harmed by the popular herbicide. Our personal injury lawyers will review your paraquat case and advise you of your legal options.
Contact our paraquat lawyers today at (888) 424-5757, or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with your paraquat lawyer remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
Our law firm accepts all personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures you do not pay the legal fee until your paraquat attorney successfully resolves your legal issue through a negotiated paraquat settlement or jury award.
Contact our law firm today to file a Parkinson's disease paraquat lawsuit.