Paraquat Exposure Claims
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Paraquat is a widely-used herbicide primarily used for weeds and grass control. It's also extremely toxic, which is why the EPA classifies paraquat for "restricted use," meaning only licensed applicators are allowed to use it. Paraquat is dyed blue and given a sharp odor to prevent it from being accidentally consumed, and it also has an added agent that induces vomiting if ingested, as a safeguard. In short, this is a highly toxic chemical that must be handled with the highest care.
The herbicide is produced by Syngenta, a Swiss manufacturer, which is unusual as paraquat has been banned in Switzerland and 31 other countries for many years. It's still available for use in the U.S., although paraquat from outside the U.S. may not possess the safeguards it does here. Paraquat also goes by the brand name "Gramoxone" and is also produced by Chevron Chemical.
The Symptoms of Paraquat Poisoning
The signs of paraquat poisoning can manifest within several hours or several days.
Immediate symptoms of paraquat poisoning include:
- Stomach pain
- Bloody stool
- Muscle weakness
Ingesting large amounts can lead to liver failure, acute kidney failure, respiratory failure, and pulmonary edema. Workers who are frequently exposed to the chemical can get it in their food or beverages, or can even be poisoned through skin exposure.
Paraquat Linked to Parkinson's Disease
When it enters the body, paraquat toxins travel to all parts of the body. It's been known to cause harmful chemical reactions in the lungs, liver, and kidneys, as well as other areas. As a result, researchers have spent the last two decades looking more closely at the harmful effects of paraquat and whether it is appropriate for use near homes.
In 2009, an article from The American Journal of Epidemiology showed that paraquat that was sprayed within 1,600 feet of a residence increased the risk of Parkinson's disease by 75 percent. Two years later, the National Institute of Health conducted a study on paraquat's link to Parkinson's disease. That same year, the National Institute of Environmental Health published results on a broad study on pesticides, concluding that "Parkinson's disease was strongly associated with" paraquat.
Were You or a Loved One Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease?
Before the creation of glyphosate, paraquat was one of the most popular herbicides in the country. Despite it being a banned substance in 32 other countries and having multiple studies show a link to an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, it's still available for use. There are an untold number of people who were exposed to paraquat over the course of their lives, and an unknown number of people who developed Parkinson's disease as a result. It's not right, and the companies responsible need to pay for it.
Since 1922, Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC has been the go-to firm for injured consumers in Harrisburg and Central Pennsylvania. We've held numerous pharmaceutical, industrial, and vehicle manufacturers accountable for negligent practices and products. We've won tens of millions of dollars for our clients, helping them get back on their feet when they've been wronged.
Our paraquat claims attorneys are investigating Syngenta and Chevron Chemical for their role in giving countless people Parkinson's disease as a long-term effect of paraquat or Gramoxone exposure. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with Parkinson's and were exposed to paraquat at any point in your life, speak with us today to learn your legal options for free.
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