Farmers, commercial greenhouse workers and many other people across the US are suffering due to Paraquat exposure. Research directly links the toxic weed killing herbicide to extremely increased rates of Parkinson’s Disease. If you or someone you love has experienced health issues or has died because of their exposure to Paraquat, you may be entitled to compensation. Victims are now pursuing legal action against the manufacturers. A Gulfport Paraquat attorney at Morris Bart is prepared to discuss your legal options during a free case consultation.
Paraquat: An Alternative Herbicide
Most people are familiar with the popular herbicide, Roundup. For many years Roundup was sold for residential and commercial use in the US. As weeds developed a resistance to this chemical, Paraquat grew in popularity. This effective alternative has been applied to over 15 million acres across the United States alone, totally more than 7 million pounds.
Though it has been widely used by farmers, agricultural workers and many others, the US Environmental Protection Agency classifies Paraquat as a “restricted use” substance. It is one of the most toxic herbicides to be marketed in the US over the last 50 years. Anyone purchasing Paraquat is required to prove they are a licensed applicator. Regardless of these restrictions, many people have been exposed to Paraquat and may be physically impacted.
Many countries across the world have banned Paraquat, including the United Kingdom and the European Union since 2007. A recall has not been issued in the United States at this time.
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What Is Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with balance, coordination and walking. As the disease progresses symptoms may worsen, impacting speech and mobility. Much like Parkinson’s Disease, Paraquat attacks lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids in the body. As a result, those who have been exposed to Paraquat may experience the following symptoms consistent with Parkinson’s Disease:
- Tremors in resting limbs
- Stiffness and rigidity
- Decreased mobility
- Reduction in balance and motor skills
If you have suffered from any or all of these symptoms, contact your physician immediately for a medical examination. Ensure your condition is stable before proceeding with a Morris Bart attorney.
Exposure to Paraquat
Even with proper precautions, recent studies have shown Paraquat is still able to enter the body, negatively impacting a person’s health. Most commonly, Paraquat is absorbed through:
- Contact with skin or lacerations in skin
- Accidental ingestion
Once contact is made, the body quickly absorbs Paraquat. Ingesting even a small sip of this chemical could result in immediate death. It has even been reported that using a compromised spraying device or spilling a solution containing Paraquat can result in death within a few hours of the accident.
Signs and Symptoms of Paraquat Exposure
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), other signs of Paraquat exposure can also include:
- Accelerated heart rate
- Difficulty breathing
- Fluid in the lungs
- Organ failure, including heart, liver, and kidney
- Scarring of the lungs and/or esophagus
The Morris Bart law firm is representing victims of Paraquat exposure in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas. Call today to discuss your legal options with a Morris Bart attorney.
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The Recent Paraquat Lawsuit
In June of 2021, the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation consolidated all of the existing Paraquat litigation into MDL 3004 under Judge Nancy Rosenstengel in the Southern District of Illinois. This will speed up the process for litigation by eliminating the need for each case to go through independent settlement or trial processes. This is also a positive step for Paraquat victims, as Judge Rosenstengel already has extensive experience with the ongoing Paraquat litigation.
Have You been Affected by Paraquat?
If you feel you or a loved one has suffered adverse health effects as a result of Paraquat exposure, call the Morris Bart law firm today. Our Gulfport Paraquat lawyers are prepared to discuss the details of your exposure, the impact on your health and the legal options available to you. Call today for a free case evaluation (228) 357-9621.
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