Paraquat has been linked to various health conditions, including lung damage, kidney scarring, and Parkinson’s disease.

Paraquat is one of the most popular herbicides in the world. It is highly effective and reasonably priced, making it a favorite among farmers and agricultural workers since the 1960s. It’s also highly poisonous, and paraquat exposure can kill. It’s been banned in the European Union and dozens of other countries but is still widely utilized in the United States. Paraquat isn’t available for personal use, and only licensed applicators can spray it. However, paraquat exposure is still dangerous even with these safeguards and if someone is wearing proper protective gear. Because of its toxicity, it’s been linked to various health conditions, including lung damage, kidney scarring, and Parkinson’s disease. 

Parkinson’s is one of the most severe diseases associated with paraquat exposure. It is a degenerative movement condition with no cure. Within a decade of symptoms appearing, most patients will have a significant disability. One study found that people exposed to paraquat are 250% more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. The EPA has refused to ban the herbicide, and the agency says it found no link between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease or cancer. Last month, the EPA announced that it would review paraquat’s classification status. Thousands of people have sued Syngenta and Chevron USA, two pesticide companies that manufacture the chemical, because they got sick after paraquat use. The cases were consolidated into multi-district litigation (MDL) last year, and bellwether trials are ongoing. 

Paraquat exposure can have devastating consequences. If you or someone you love developed Parkinson’s disease after working with paraquat, a Saddle Rock Legal Group lawyer can help you explore your legal options. Contact us for a free case consultation.

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