Paraquat Herbicide Lawsuits

Nationwide Paraquat Lawyers

The herbicide paraquat has been linked to Parkinson’s Disease due to the inordinate number of diagnoses among people who have used paraquat for an extended period or who were directly exposed to it. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have recognized the dangers of this toxic substance. In light of the conclusions from these important safety organizations, there is no better time than now to explore your legal options if you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after using paraquat.

Golomb Legalcan lend legal counsel and professional representation if you need to file a paraquat lawsuit.

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What is a Paraquat Lawsuit Worth?

Parkinson’s disease can cause a myriad of health consequences. Although, it is most commonly attributed to a full-body shake or loss of motor control that can make day-to-day situations and minimal movements difficult if not painful. The worth of your paraquat lawsuit will be largely dependent on just how much your Parkinson’s disease symptoms have affected you.

Compensation in a paraquat lawsuit could help pay for:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitative therapies
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent disabilities
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more

Paraquat Dangers

Other than the EPA and the CDC, numerous other health and science groups have recognized the dangers of paraquat, including the United Parkinson’s Advocacy Council and the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE). Notably, the AJE concluded that people who live within about a two-kilometer radius from where paraquat is used frequently experienced a 75% increase in Parkinson’s diagnoses than people who live away from agricultural sites that use paraquat. Currently, the U.S. requires people who use paraquat to first obtain a license, so it is primarily used in commercial and agricultural settings. Yet the AJE study shows that even those who do not use paraquat but merely live near where it is being used can be in danger.

Paraquat has been found to be dangerous if it is:

  • Inhaled in minimal amounts
  • Directly on the skin
  • Ingested accidentally
  • Seeped into groundwater or soil

It is believed that many Parkinson’s disease patients who live near paraquat sites were exposed due to gradual groundwater and soil contamination. Our law firm can help you create a claim, whether you were indirectly exposed to paraquat herbicide or exposed to it during the course and scope of your employment. Despite the understanding that paraquat herbicide has been linked to Parkinson’s disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and other severe health conditions, it is still widely used in commercial agriculture to this day.

What Does Parkinson’s Disease Look Like?

Parkinson’s disease often begins with subtle symptoms that are worrying but not enough to cause someone to take themselves to urgent care. You might be experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s due to paraquat exposure without realizing it.

Please see a doctor for a diagnosis if you are experiencing:

  • Tremors
  • Muscular stiffness
  • Balance issues
  • Anxiety, depression, or irritability
  • Constant fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Speech impediments
  • Sudden weight loss

As mentioned, the value of your paraquat lawsuit will depend on how much your Parkinson’s has impacted you and made your life more painful or difficult. It is important to see a doctor and have clear medical records of your diagnosis and symptoms as they develop. Our legal team can use those documents and other forms of evidence to firmly establish that paraquat exposure caused your Parkinson’s disease with a preponderance of evidence, i.e., it more than likely caused it. The defense will need to try to make an argument that it more than likely did not, but we will be poised to counter them at every step.

Products That Contain Paraquat

Paraquat litigation is complicated for many reasons, including the fact that the chemical substance has been used in many different herbicides. Furthermore, some of the herbicides have been manufactured by companies that are based outside of the United States.

Products known to contain paraquat include the following and others:

  • Blanco
  • Bonedry
  • Cyclone SL 2.0
  • Devour
  • Firestorm
  • Gramoxone
  • Helmquat 3SL
  • Ortho-Paraquat
  • Paraquat Concentrate
  • Para-Shot 3.0

When you bring your paraquat claim to our attorneys, we can determine the best path toward justice and compensation. No matter what herbicide you used throughout your employment, or that was used near your residence by an agricultural company, our team can investigate the situation and see if you have a claim.

Paraquat Bellwether Trials

A bellwether trial acts as a test case to see if there are legit merits behind the complaints filed against the defendant. Bellwether trials are used when there are potentially hundreds or thousands of similar claims against the defendant for the same reason, such as in some product liability cases like those involving Paraquat. If the bellwether trial succeeds, then it shows that it will be worth the time and resources to continue the multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Currently, bellwether trials for Paraquat and its link to Parkinson’s disease are scheduled for the summer of 2023. The time between now and then can be used to file more Paraquat lawsuits and continue relevant research. Golomb Legal. is closely paying attention to developments in the Paraquat case, so you can be sure that your claim is handled by an up-to-date team when you bring it to our firm.

Call the Paraquat Attorneys of Golomb Legal Now

Golomb Legalis recognized nationwide for our outstanding legal services with a focus on consumer class actions and product liability claims. Paraquat lawsuits involve both of these legal practice areas, so we are more than ready to hear from you and help develop your case. With our lengthy experience and multiple multimillion-dollar case results, we know we should be your first choice for legal representation during this difficult time.

Call us at (215) 278-4449 or contact us online to find out more about paraquat lawsuits, available damages, and more.

Paraquat Lawsuit FAQ

Have any paraquat lawsuits reached a settlement?

No paraquat lawsuits have settled since the push for multidistrict litigation began. However, it has been reported that some lawsuits in Illinois did reach confidential settlements. Due to the confidentiality of those lawsuits, only speculations can be made about how much each settlement was worth, which is part of the reason why defendants and corporations prefer settlements over litigation.

How many paraquat-Parkinson’s disease lawsuits have been filed so far?

In federal courts alone, there have been more than 1,700 paraquat-Parkinson’s disease lawsuits filed so far. More than 150 others have been filed in state-level courts. It is believed that both totals should at least double before the bellwether trials begin.

Are paraquat herbicides sold in stores?

No, paraquat is not used in herbicides that can be sold to the average consumer. Only commercial agriculture companies can purchase the substance and only a licensed applicator can spray it.

What qualifies someone to file a paraquat lawsuit?

The ideal paraquat lawsuit plaintiff will have worked with paraquat herbicide or lived near where paraquat-based herbicide was sprayed commercially or agriculturally. Also, the plaintiff should have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or one of the other chronic illnesses that have been connected to paraquat exposure. You should always talk to a lawyer to know for certain if you have a case.

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