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Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease: What You Should Know

Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease after being exposed to paraquat? If so, you could be entitled to compensation for damages caused by the dangerous chemicals in paraquat. Our Denver-based mass tort lawyer can evaluate your case to discuss whether you qualify to file a claim against Monsanto and other companies that use paraquat in their weed killers and herbicides.

What Is Paraquat?

Paraquat is a chemical used as an herbicide developed in the early 1950s. Chevron Chemical Company introduced paraquat in the United States in 1961. Common brand names for paraquat include, but are not limited to, Gramoxone, Firestorm, Ortho-Paraquat, Parazone, and Para-shot. Unfortunately, the dangerous chemical is one of the most common herbicides used worldwide. 

As a weed killer, paraquat is very effective because it kills all plants that come into contact with the herbicide. However, paraquat is very dangerous to humans. As a result, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has restricted the use of paraquat because it has been linked with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Paraquat Linked to Increased Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

Research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found the risk of Parkinson’s disease increased by 75% for someone exposed to paraquat within 1,600 feet. Someone can be exposed to paraquat by:

  • Spraying products containing paraquat
  • Mixing or loading paraquat
  • Spending time in the fields sprayed with paraquat
  • Maintaining equipment used to store and spray paraquat

Additionally, some evidence indicates that people living near fields where paraquat is used could have a higher risk of developing health conditions because of contaminated water, soil, and air. Paraquat poisoning can occur because of direct skin contact, inhalation, consuming contaminated water or food, and accidental ingestion. 

What Are the Symptoms of Paraquat Exposure?

Individuals exposed to paraquat may develop a variety of symptoms. Signs of paraquat poisoning include, but are not limited to:

  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea (with or without blood)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Weak muscles
  • Fast heart rate
  • Seizures

Individuals may experience respiratory failure, lung scarring, pulmonary edema, liver failure, and acute kidney failure. In addition to the signs of paraquat poisoning, individuals exposed to paraquat might begin to experience signs of Parkinson’s disease. Signs of Parkinson’s disease include, but are not limited to:

  • Hand tremors
  • Slow movement
  • Rigid muscles
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of balance 
  • Trouble writing
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Reduced facial expressions
  • Difficulty walking

Complications can also include difficulty swallowing, mood changes, bladder problems, constipation, and impaired cognitive functions. Therefore, it is wise to see a doctor after exposure to paraquat.

Filing a Claim for Paraquat Exposure

Victims of paraquat exposure could be entitled to compensation for their damages. They could receive reimbursement for their lost wages, medical bills, and out-of-pocket expenses. Additionally, they might receive compensation for future damages and losses. Victims can recover compensation for pain and suffering and other non-economic damages. 

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Do you have questions about lawsuits involving Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease? Contact our law firm for a free case evaluation from an experienced Denver-based mass tort lawyer. We are here to help you get the money you deserve.