Were you or a loved one exposed to the herbicide Paraquat and later diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? If so, turn to the Paraquat lawsuit attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC for help. If you or a loved one developed symptom of Parkinson’s disease or another illness after paraquat exposure, you could be entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and other losses you incurred due to your condition.
At the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC, we have advocated for the rights of injury victims in El Paso and throughout Texas for over 25 years. Our attorneys have experience fighting insurance companies and helping our clients pursue the maximum compensation they deserve. We know that no amount of money can make up for what you’ve suffered, but it can help reduce the financial and emotional strain of your illness. Contact our office for a free consultation to discuss your situation and determine whether you have a case.
What is Paraquat?
Paraquat dichloride is a toxic chemical widely used as an herbicide, and it has been linked to various medical conditions and illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease. Paraquat is a plant killer used by agriculturists since the middle of the 20th century to control weeds and grass. The herbicide is used on various crops, including alfalfa, wheat, corn, rice, hay, cotton, soybeans, vegetables, and fruits. In the United States, paraquat is available only for commercial use due to its toxicity, so applicators must be trained and certified to use it.
Paraquat has been sold under many brands since it first went on the market, with Gramoxone being the most common. It has also been sold under the brand names Parazone, Devour, Quick-quat, and Firestorm. It is primarily produced by Syngenta and distributed by Chevron.
Although paraquat is legal in the United States, with some restrictions, it is prohibited in more than 32 countries due to the potential health issues associated with paraquat exposure.
Even though paraquat manufacturers have long known about the potential risks associated with the weed killer, they have continued to sell their products without disclosing the dangers of paraquat to human health. The manufacturers and distributors of this potent weed killer are facing numerous lawsuits alleging that they failed to warn the public about the dangers of paraquat exposure.
Side Effects of Paraquat Exposure
Paraquat is highly toxic when ingested and can be fatal. Ingesting a large amount can immediately lead to swelling of the mouth and throat, followed by gastrointestinal symptoms leading to dehydration and low blood pressure. Within a few hours to a few days, a person may become confused and experience symptoms such as:
- Muscle weakness
- Liver failure
- Acute kidney failure
- Pulmonary edema
- Respiratory issues
Patients who ingest large amounts of paraquat often do not survive.
Ingesting small to moderate amounts of paraquat is not always fatal. Still, it may lead to heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, or lung scarring within several days to several weeks. It can also result in long-term damage to vital organs.
People can also be exposed to paraquat through skin contact or breathing it in. Over time, this can lead to severe health conditions, which may include:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Lung damage
- Liver damage
- Heart failure
- Brain damage
- Kidney damage
- Congenital disabilities
The Connection Between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease
Research has linked paraquat exposure to a heightened risk of Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous system disease that affects body parts controlled by the nerves. Symptoms include muscle tremors, muscle stiffness, slowed movements, and lack of balance.
Although the causal connection between Parkinson’s and paraquat exposure is unclear, more research is needed to determine the link. In at least one study using data from the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), paraquat was shown to correlate positively with pathological mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease. Even though more research is needed, there is still conclusive evidence that paraquat is highly toxic and exposure can be fatal.
Scientists are still trying to determine precisely how Parkinson’s occurs, but researchers believe that environmental and genetic factors cause the disorder. If you have Parkinson’s disease and think your symptoms are connected to paraquat exposure, you should speak with an attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.
Who Could Be Affected by Paraquat?
Individuals who could have potentially been exposed to paraquat include:
- Farmers and farm laborers
- Licensed applicators
- Tank fillers
- Families living in agricultural areas
Even if you are not an agricultural worker or did not come in direct contact with paraquat, you might still be entitled to seek compensation through a lawsuit if you were exposed to this toxic chemical. That’s why it’s crucial to speak to an experienced drug lawsuit lawyer about your situation.
Compensation You May Be Able to Recover with a Paraquat Lawsuit
If you were diagnosed with a health issue due to paraquat exposure, you could pursue compensation from the manufacturer or distributor for various losses, including:
- Medical costs associated with treating your illness or injury, including hospital stays, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, medications, and medical equipment
- Lost wages if you miss work while treating your illness
- Loss of future earning capacity if you are no longer able to work because of your condition
- In-home care expenses
- Pain and suffering, including physical pain, emotional anguish, mental trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Lost quality of life if you cannot participate in daily activities or hobbies
An experienced attorney could help you calculate your expenses, determine the financial value of your non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, and help you seek the fair compensation you deserve.
How Michael Gopin Can Help
If you developed a serious health condition such as Parkinson’s disease or another illness from paraquat exposure, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC, our legal team has the resources and skill to thoroughly investigate your case, determine liability, identify all potential sources of compensation, and aggressively seek the financial relief you deserve. Contact our office for a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options with an experienced drug lawsuit lawyer.