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Were You Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease After Using Paraquat?

One sip of paraquat could kill you, but that hasn’t stopped federal agencies and manufacturers from banning the poisonous herbicide. As a result, agricultural workers and farm owners who have Parkinson’s Disease and applied or were otherwise exposed to paraquat first filed lawsuits against manufacturers in 2017. People are continuing to sue manufacturers for failing to warn about paraquat’s link to Parkinson’s Disease, in addition to other claims.

Our paraquat lawsuit attorney is representing licensed applicators and agricultural works who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease after being exposed to paraquat. Our team will evaluate your situation to determine if you have a claim, and if you do, we will fight tirelessly for maximum financial compensation on your behalf.

Speak with us about your situation online or by calling (414) 895-5560. Our Wisconsin attorney exclusively prosecutes injury claims, so get started today!

What Is Paraquat?

Paraquat is a toxic chemical that is widely used as an herbicide (plant killer), primarily for weed and grass control. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies paraquat as “restricted use,” meaning it can only be used by licensed applicators. Although studies show an increased risk of Parkinson's disease in individuals who had applied Paraquat, it continues to be one of the most popular herbicides in the US.

Various herbicides contain paraquat, so it’s important to know the following paraquat herbicide trade names to better determine if you were exposed:

  1. Gramoxone SL 2.0 Herbicide
  2. Para-SHOT
  3. Helmquat
  4. Parazone
  5. Firestorm
  6. Ortho-Paraquat
  7. Quick-Quat
  8. Devour
  9. Blanco

How to Know If You Were Exposed to Paraquat

It can be difficult to tell whether or not you’ve been exposed to paraquat if you haven’t noticed any side effects. If you have experienced side effects but are unsure of what caused them, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists several factors to help you determine whether or not you’ve been exposed to paraquat. See the indicators below:

  • Paraquat is not known to have been used in any terrorist attacks or wars.
  • The most likely route of exposure to paraquat that would lead to poisoning is ingestion (swallowing).
  • Paraquat can be mixed easily with food, water, or other beverages. If the form of paraquat that is used does not contain the safeguard additives (dye, odor, and vomiting agent), people might not know that the food, water, or other beverages are contaminated. Eating or drinking paraquat-contaminated food or beverages could poison people.
  • Paraquat poisoning is also possible after skin exposure. Poisoning is more likely to occur if the skin exposure lasts for a long time, involves a concentrated version of paraquat, or occurs through skin that is not intact (skin that has sores, cuts, or a severe rash).
  • If it is inhaled, paraquat could cause poisoning leading to lung damage. In the past, some marijuana in the United States has been found to contain paraquat.
  • Licensed applicators of paraquat are the people most at risk for exposure.

Signs & Symptoms of Paraquat Exposure

It’s important to know the immediate, short-term, and long-term side effects of paraquat exposure to understand if you potentially have a claim. Take a look at the signs and symptoms of paraquat exposure, as described by the CDC:

Immediate & Short-Term Health Effects of Paraquat

  • Pain and swelling of the mouth and throat.
  • Gastrointestinal (digestive tract) symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea (which may become bloody).
    • Severe gastrointestinal symptoms may result in dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities (not enough sodium and potassium in the body), and low blood pressure.
  • Ingestion of small to medium amounts of paraquat may lead to the following adverse health effects within several days to several weeks:
    • Heart failure
    • Kidney failure
    • Liver failure
    • Lung scarring
  • Ingesting large amounts of paraquat leads to the following impacts within a few hours to a few days:
    • Acute Kidney failure
    • Confusion
    • Coma
    • Fast heart rate
    • Injury to the heart
    • Liver failure
  • Lung scarring
    • Muscle weakness
    • Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)
    • Respiratory (breathing) failure, possibly leading to death
    • Seizures

Long-term Health Effects of Paraquat

  • Lung damage (scarring).
  • kidney failure.
  • Heart failure.
  • Esophageal strictures (scarring of the swallowing tube that makes it hard for a person to swallow).

Proving Paraquat Exposure

To have a chance of getting financial compensation for the costs of treating your Parkinson’s Disease, you should identify whether you’ve experienced the short and long-term side effects of applying or otherwise handling paraquat, listed above. Even if you’ve experienced the side effects or got Parkinson’s Disease as a licensed applicator or co-worker who was sprayed in the process, that doesn’t guarantee you have a claim. Your paraquat lawyer will review the records and facts of your case to help you know your next steps.

Our track record consists of countless favorable settlements that have helped clients get back up on their feet. To learn how Casey Law Offices, S.C. can help you, call our paraquat attorney at (414) 895-5560!

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