Toxic Weed Killer and Parkinson’s Disease
Do I have a case?
Farmers and agricultural workers who have Parkinson’s Disease after using the toxic weed killer Paraquat may have a lawsuit. Your exposure to one of the world’s most popular herbicides may cause neurological damage and Parkinson’s Disease. Please contact us to learn more about your rights. 434-951-7200.
What is the toxic weed killer Paraquat?
One of the most popular herbicides in the world, Paraquat is mostly used in farming cotton, peanuts, potatoes, soybeans, sugarcane, and vegetables. Because it is toxic, Paraquat, which is primarily used as a liquid spray, is classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a restricted use product. It is not available to the general public legally. Farmers and growers must have a specialized license to use this weed killer because it is so toxic. Dozens of countries have banned Paraquat entirely, including the European Union and China.
While the US has yet to ban paraquat, many countries have banned it outright. Over 40 countries have committed to phasing out Paraquat.
Paraquat and Parkinson’s
Exposure to Paraquat can cause severe health effects with some studies finding “significant associations” with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease is an irreversible neurological disorder. Symptoms become worse over time, impairing movement and the disease can cause non-movement symptoms such as incontinence, soft or slurred speech, dementia, and mental impairments that can reach the point of psychosis as the disease progresses. Common Parkinson’s Disease symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Hand tremors
- Loss of balance and/or difficulty moving and walking
- Trouble speaking
Contact a toxic exposure attorney today. If you or a loved one suffers from Parkinson’s Disease or neurological changes after exposure to hazardous spray herbicides, you may have a claim. We understand that you may not be familiar with the specific product that was used during your farming experience or your diagnosis of neurological changes. Our attorneys have access to the resources needed to thoroughly investigate your situation to determine if you have a claim.