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Paraquat Lawsuits For People With Parkinson's Disease

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 us 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.

For decades, the herbicide Paraquat has been used by agricultural workers throughout the United States as one of the most widely used 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.

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.

Only Licensed Applicators Can Use Dangerous Paraquat

The extreme toxicity of Paraquat is well-known. 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. In the 1970s, there was a significant health scare when Mexican authorities sprayed the herbicide/pesticide on marijuana that eventually crossed the border to the U.S.

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 Parkinson's study found that those with a specific genetic variation that used Paraquat on crops were at risk of developing the disease.

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How Paraquat Dichloride Works

Plants and weeds need a process called photosynthesis to grow. Once it is sprayed on crops, Paraquat dichloride 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.

Parkinson's Disease in Those Exposed to Paraquat

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 dangers Paraquat was associated with.

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 back in 2011.

This agricultural health study showed that factors connected with Paraquat use could make it more likely that those exposed could develop 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.

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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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved a re-registration of Paraquat in the United States, albeit with some new conditions. This re-approval was granted even with all the health risks and the fact that Paraquat 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.

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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 Paraquat. Syngenta and Growmark are among the companies that are defendants in these cases.

Did you or or a loved one develop Parkinson's disease after an 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 paraquat lawsuits.

As with all of our product liability cases, we work on a contingency fee basis where there is only a legal fee charged when there is a financial recovery obtained for you via settlement or trial.

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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 Paraquat that allegedly sickened him with kidney disease and Parkinson's:

  • Syngenta AG and Syngenta Crop Protection
  • Chevron
  • Phillips Chemical
  • Growmark

The Paraquat lawsuit filed claims that the plaintiff worked in fields from 1969-1981. 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 disease and kidney failure. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the makers of the herbicide failed to warn that such exposure to Paraquat could sicken people.

Here, one of the major issues is that Paraquat drifts when it is sprayed, and it can lead to a higher risk of developing Parkinson's among people in neighboring fields.

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Paraquat Lawsuit Numbers Are Growing Throughout the United States

One of the first cases involving the herbicide 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, other similar Paraquat lawsuits 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 Paraquat lawsuits filed in Federal Court to be consolidated into the Southern District of Southern Illinois (PARAQUAT PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION Case No. 3:21-md-3004-njr)

Judge Nancy  J.  Rosenstengel will oversee existing and future Paraquat 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 lawyers will monitor the cases' progress  and will update this web page as Judge Rosenstengel makes substantive rulings.

Frequently Asked Questions About Paraquat Lawsuits

Here are the answers to some questions that we are commonly asked about these civil lawsuits involving Parkinson's disease and Paraquat exposure. As more news about the connection between Paraquat and Parkinson's disease has emerged, we receive a growing number of calls asking us to file a lawsuit against Paraquat manufacturers.

Contact us today for a free consultation with a Paraquat attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and options.

I Was Exposed to Paraquat. Am I Likely to Develop Parkinson's Disease?

While studies have shown that those exposed to Paraquat contract Parkinson's at 2.5 times the rate of the remaining population, this does not mean that you are sure to develop the disease.

Nonetheless, you should be on the lookout for any symptoms and seek immediate medical attention if you experience anything that could be consistent with Parkinson's.

I Was Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. What Should I Do Now?

Of course, your health is a priority after a diagnosis. First, make sure that you are getting the medical care you need as you may be able to slow the onset of symptoms of Parkinson's disease. After that, you should look to hire a Paraquat attorney to see if you may be eligible for financial compensation.

The sooner you exercise your legal rights, the more of a chance that your pesticide injury case will be heard. In addition, a Paraquat lawsuit attorney will not cost you anything since the attorney works on a contingency basis.

How Much Is My Paraquat Case Worth?

Your damages award may include both economic and non-economic aspects. You can receive money to pay you back for all aspects of your experience, including what you have spent in care and lost in weekly wages.

Here is some of what you may be eligible to receive in a Paraquat lawsuit settlement or verdict:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills and future expenses
  • Emotional distress
  • Costs of rehabilitation and home care

How Long Do I Have to File a Paraquat Parkinson's Disease Lawsuit?

Courts will understand that your exposure to the toxic chemical happened years ago. The statute of limitations to file a paraquat lawsuit only begins to run from when you knew or should have known that you had Parkinson's disease. In other words, you can still file a paraquat lawsuit many years after exposure to the herbicide because it takes that long for the disease to develop and progress.

The statute of limitations will likely be determined by the laws of the state where you reside and when you were diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Consequently, you should consult with a Paraquat lawyer as soon as feasible to determine the applicable law time frame for joining the pending Paraquat litigation.

Is There a Paraquat Settlement for People With Parkinson's Disease?

No. At the time of this writing, there are no publicly reported settlements of Paraquat Parkinson's disease lawsuits. Our law firm is actively monitoring this litigation and will certainly report back and update this webpage at the time when and if settlements of these cases are announced.

Nonetheless, our Paraquat lawyers appreciate the significant impact that this product has on individuals and their families.  Our law firm has extensive experience with lawsuits involving product liability and dangerous drugs.

Based on other mass tort cases, our Paraquat lawyers anticipate that these lawsuits may be worth in the range of $150,000 to over $500,000.

The factors that will impact the value of each case include:

  • Medical diagnosis (Parkinson's Disease / kidney failure)
  • Paraquat exposure- levels and duration
  • When you were diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in relation to your exposure
  • Age of the individual
  • Prior health history and family history
  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills

If you have questions about your situation, we encourage you contact our law firm for free consultation with an experienced lawyer who has worked on similar cases.

How Much Will it Cost Me to Hire an Attorney to Represent Me in a Paraquat Lawsuit?

Our law firm is experienced with product liability cases and is actively prosecuting a number of Paraquat Parkinson's Disease lawsuits. All of our Paraquat lawsuits are handled on a contingency fee basis. Under this attorney fee arrangement, each client enters into a written agreement for legal services that is signed by all the parties involved. The agreement sets forth the term of our representation and the legal fees to be charged.

Under a contingency fee agreement, we only receive a legal fee when we are successful in obtaining a financial recovery for you. If there is no recovery, you owe our law firm nothing.

Moreover, we pay for all expenses related to the litigation including medical records, litigation expenses and filing fees. There is no out-of-pocket fees to initiate a Paraquat lawsuit with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC.

Attorneys for People Injured from Paraquat Exposure

Were you or a loved one exposed to Paraquat and diagnosed with Parkinson's?

If so, under the law, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit (Paraquat lawsuit) against the company that made the defective product. In addition, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation for your injuries.

First, you need to consult with an attorney to determine how the law would apply to your case. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, our experienced product liability attorneys have helped families where individuals have been sickened by exposure to toxic substances.

Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with a Paraquat lawyer.

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