Paraquat Weed Killer Lawsuit

Thornton Law Firm LLP is actively investigating claims on behalf of patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to Paraquat. If you or a loved one was exposed to the weed killer Paraquat and was subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may have a claim for damages. Call the Paraquat lawyers at Thornton Law Firm (888) 491-9726 for a free consultation to assess your potential claim.

What is Paraquat?

Paraquat dichloride, commonly referred to as “Paraquat,” is a highly toxic herbicide. It is so toxic that, according to the EPA, one small sip can kill a person. It is banned in over 30 countries including the European Union and China. Evidence suggests that chronic exposure to paraquat may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 200% to 600%.

Paraquat dichloride is sold under several trade names including but not limited to Gramoxone, Firestorm, Ortho-Paraquat, Helmquat 3SL, Para-SHOT, Parazone 3SL, and Quik-Quat. It is primarily used as a liquid spray.

What Is Paraquat Used For?

Paraquat herbicide has been used on crops in the United States since the 1960s as a weedkiller. It is used to control weeds and invasive grasses. Paraquat is most commonly used on corn, cotton, soybeans, and vineyard grapes, but is used on more than 100 different crops in the United States.

Because of its extreme toxicity, Paraquat is restricted to commercial use by the EPA, and can only be used by certified applicators who have completed training on how to mix, load and apply the weed killer. Individuals who are not trained are not even allowed to assist a licensed applicator under EPA regulations. Because application is limited to certified applicators, these are the people who are most at risk of the health problems caused by exposure to Paraquat.

Paraquat and Parkinson’s

Studies have shown an association between Parkinson’s disease (PD) and exposure to Paraquat. According to the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council (UPAC), a group of state, regional and national PD organizations, “scientific research indicates low-level chronic exposure [to Paraquat] significantly increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease“. The UPAC has called on the EPA to ban Paraquat.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. Over time, the disease impairs movement and motor skills. Eventually non-motor skills are affected also.

The common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include (but are not limited to):

  • Loss of balance
  • Hand tremors
  • Difficulty moving or walking
  • Stiffness
  • Bradykinesia (slowness in voluntary reflexes and movement)
  • Trouble speaking
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Incontinence
  • Dementia
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations

Thornton Law Firm’s Experience with Toxic Exposure Litigation

Led by David Strouss, Thornton Law Firm’s team of toxic tort lawyers have represented plaintiffs in lawsuits against chemical companies for birth defects, cancers, and other injuries from pesticide and chemical exposure for four decades.  We are currently preparing a  Roundup weedkiller case for trial against Monsanto in Massachusetts. The Thornton Law  Firm  was  extensively involved in one of the only cases that went to trial in the United States involving pesticide exposure to a farmworker and her child’s subsequent birth defects. Thornton Law Firm represented plaintiffs from Argentina with birth defects in lawsuits against U.S. manufacturers of pesticides and tobacco.

Our firm is a nationwide leader in cutting-edge toxic tort litigation, representing thousands of people who have suffered a serious personal injury or illness from exposure to toxins at work or at home.  We represent hundreds of children born with catastrophic birth defects in groundbreaking litigation against the companies responsible for the toxic exposures of their parents. We fight for the parents of children who were exposed to glycol ethers in semiconductor “clean rooms”, pesticides in agriculture, a variety of chemicals used in manufacturing, and land and water supply contamination.

What Can You Do?

Any patient experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease should seek medical attention immediately. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to Paraquat, you may have a claim for money damages. Contact the Paraquat lawyers at Thornton Law Firm by calling (888) 491-9726 or tell us your story here. Thornton Law Firm’s experienced Paraquat attorneys can help you assess your potential claim. The consultation is free and confidential. Like all legal claims, Paraquat claims will be subject to short, strictly enforced legal time limits. Do not delay seeking legal advice.

 

PFAS Chemical Exposure Lawsuits

If you believe exposure to PFAS chemicals resulted in the development of cancer, or caused your child’s birth defect, call Thornton Law Firm’s PFAS Attorneys at 888-491-9726 for a free consultation or tell us your story here.

Thornton Law Firm is a nationwide leader in cutting-edge toxic tort litigation, representing thousands of people who have suffered a serious personal injury or illness from exposure to hazardous chemicals and other toxic substances at work or at home. We represent hundreds of children born with catastrophic birth defects in groundbreaking litigation against the companies responsible for the toxic exposures of their parents. We fight for the parents of children who were exposed to glycol ethers in semiconductor “clean rooms”, pesticides in agriculture, a variety of chemicals used in manufacturing, and land and water supply contamination.

What are PFAS?

Perfluoroalkyl (or polyfluoroalkyl) substances, or PFAS for short – are a family of chemicals that are repellant to water, grease, or stains. An increasing number of health studies suggest that PFAS may be responsible for many different kinds of illnesses, including cancers and birth defects. Because they don’t break down in the environment or our bodies, they are known as the “forever chemicals”.

The first, and perhaps most famous PFAS is Teflon, developed by DuPont in the 1940s. Since then many consumer and commercial products have been produced containing PFAS, including:

  • Firefighting foam
  • Stain-resistant coatings for fabric, carpets and furniture
  • Cleaning products
  • Food containers made of grease-resistant paper, like fast-food containers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, and candy wrappers
  • Water resistant clothing
  • Cosmetics and other personal care products (shampoo, dental floss)
  • Paint, varnish & sealants
  • Other nonstick cookware

Health effects of PFAS contamination

In the body, PFAS generally settle into the blood, kidney, and liver. Many health conditions have been associated with repeated exposures to PFAS, including:

  • Increased risk of certain cancers, including liver, kidney, pancreatic and testicular cancer
  • Birth defects in children born to families exposed to PFAS
  • Women face an elevated risk of breast cancer
  • Liver damage
  • Low birth weight, diminished growth and behavioral effects in infants and older children
  • Decreased fertility, or infertility
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Digestive disorders
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Resistance to childhood vaccines

Where are we exposed to PFAS?

PFAS have been shown to accumulate in the ground, in drinking water, and in the animals and plants we consume. Recent sampling has found groundwater near many military and industrial sites has been contaminated.  The more people are exposed to PFAS, the more PFAS build up in the body, a process called “bioaccumulation”. These forever chemicals continue to build up in the body over the years.

Studies have shown that not only do PFAS chemicals last forever, they travel a long way in the environment. PFAS end up in our bodies, in the ground, in the air, and in the water. Perhaps the greatest risk to our health is at or near the military and industrial locations where PFAS chemicals are produced or used.

Sites where groundwater is contaminated with PFAS

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) maintains a map of sites contaminated with PFAS in the United States. You can view the EWG map at this link.

Groundwater Contamination at or Near Military Bases and Airports

PFAS are used in Fire Fighting Foam and in other applications on Military bases and other airports, including:

  • Joint Base Cape Cod, bordered by the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich and Barnstable, MA(formerly known as Otis Air National Guard Base, Camp Edwards, and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod)
  • Former Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, MA, bordered by Abington, Rockland, Holbrook and Braintree, MA
  • Hanscom Field/Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, Concord, Lexington and Lincoln, MA

Firefighter and Military PFAS Exposure

Firefighters including U.S. military firefighters are exposed to significant amounts of PFAS. A type of firefighting foam called Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) which is used to contain fires fueled by oil, gas and other petroleum sources contains high levels of PFAS. Once used, the firefighting foam residue remains and contaminates the ground and water where it was used. In addition, firefighting gear is also treated with PFAs to make it water and petroleum repellant.

Manufacturers of PFAS

In the United States, there are 8 major manufacturers of PFAS:

  • Dupont
  • 3M Company
  • Akrema
  • Asahi
  • Ciba
  • Clariant
  • Daikin
  • Solvay Solexis Inc.

Perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are the two most commonly manufactured PFAS compounds. These 8 companies (above) produce PFOA in the United States: only 3M produces PFOS in the U.S.

EPA Regulation of PFAS

The EPA does not yet fully regulate PFAS chemicals, despite releasing the “EPA’s Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan” in February of 2019. The document outlines the EPA’s future plans to establish a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) process for PFOS and PFOA, which will set the federal legal threshold under the Safe Drinking Water Act for the amount of PFOS and PFOA allowed in public water systems. The EPA also plans to propose federal drinking water monitoring, and to explore adding PFAS to the Toxics Release Inventory, which would make information about reports of certain PFAS releases publicly available.

Trust Thornton Law Firm’s Toxic Tort Attorneys To Help

Do you live near a military or industrial site that may be a source of PFAS contamination? Have you or family members experienced any health effects related to PFAS exposure?. Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm online or at 1-888-491-9726 for a free consultation with one of our dedicated attorneys who specialize in toxic tort litigation:

David Strouss

Brad Mitchell

Christian Uehlein

Led by David Strouss, Thornton Law Firm’s team of toxic tort lawyers represents hundreds of plaintiffs in lawsuits against chemical companies for birth defects, cancers, and other injuries caused by exposure to chemicals and toxins. The consultation is free. You will receive a fair and accurate assessment of your case from a recognized leader in toxic tort and birth defect litigation.

Monsanto Roundup and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Monsanto and Roundup Weed Killer Health Injuries

Thornton Law Firm was among the first law firms to sue Monsanto Company for significant health injuries as a result of Roundup® exposure.   In 2012 our firm first filed lawsuits on behalf of 125  children with significant birth injuries as a result of their parents’ using Roundup weedkiller on farms in Argentina.  As a result of this longstanding litigation in Delaware state court,  we have collected extensive information on Roundup, including research conducted by Monsanto on the risks to human health from glyphosate, the principal active ingredient, and the adjuvants also contained in Roundup weed control.

Roundup Classified As A Probable Carcinogen

In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conducted an extensive review of glyphosate toxicity and concluded the chemical is a probable human carcinogen. Specifically, IARC found a positive association between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Furthermore, IARC’s review included agriculture health studies which found associations with other hematopoietic cancers (cancers of the blood cells), including multiple myeloma, hairy cell leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  The well-known California Proposition 65 list of chemicals now includes glyphosate as an agent known to cause cancer.

Thornton Law Firm Holds Manufacturers Responsible for Toxin-Induced Cancers and Diseases

Thornton Law Firm is in a unique position to represent the victims of Monsanto’s worldwide campaign to promote Roundup weed killer who has developed these cancers. The firm since the 1980s has represented workers with leukemia and lymphoma from occupational exposure to benzene which, like glyphosate, is strongly associated with blood cancers. We have longstanding relationships with many of the leading oncologists. occupational exposure, and other medical and scientific experts in the Boston area with whom we have worked on these cases.  When combined with the experience of our ongoing litigation with Monsanto over other health problems caused by exposure to Roundup weed control, our firm is well positioned to take on this pesticide giant and obtain the compensation for farm, landscape, construction and other workers with heavy use of Roundup who are suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other blood cancers.

What Kinds of People Are Exposed to Roundup?

  • Farmers
  • Agricultural workers
  • Landscapers
  • Lawncare service workers
  • Pesticide applicators
  • Forestry workers
  • Construction workers
  • Children and family members living with Roundup-exposed workers
  • People living near farms where Roundup is used
  • Greenhouse and nursery workers
  • Homeowners with heavy Roundup use

Trust Thornton Law Firm’s Monsanto Roundup Attorneys To Help

Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm online or at 1-888-491-9726 for a free consultation with one of our dedicated attorneys who specialize in toxic tort litigation:

David Strouss

Brad Mitchell

Evan Hoffman

Leah McMorris

Led by David Strouss, Thornton Law Firm’s team of toxic tort lawyers represents hundreds of plaintiffs in lawsuits against chemical companies for birth defects, cancers, and other injuries caused by occupational exposure to chemicals. The consultation is free and you will receive a fair and accurate assessment of your case from a recognized leader in toxic tort and birth defect litigation.

Lead Paint Danger

What is the danger of lead paint?

The sale of lead paint was banned in 1978, but lead paint still poses a hazard, particularly to young children. In New England and across the country, children can ingest lead by the mere act of touching surfaces in the home, such as windowsills that contain leaded dust or deteriorating lead paint, and then placing their lead-covered fingers in their mouths.

Where are people usually exposed to lead paint?

Lead may be found in many products and locations, including a lot of places you might not imagine, such as some imported candies, toys and traditional medicines. Dust and chips from old paint are the most common toxic substances in the home containing lead. Some non-paint sources, though less common, can cause severe cases of lead poisoning. Lead can be found in the following household items and commonly visited places:

  • Paint (older homes, old toys, furniture, crafts)
  • Imported candies or foods
  • Lead-glazed ceramics, china, leaded crystal, pewter
  • Dust
  • Soil
  • Drinking water
  • Air
  • Children’s jewelry
  • Workplace
  • Firearms with lead bullets
  • Mini-blinds
  • Other common sources of lead (car batteries, radiators, some inks, etc.)

A corporation whose workers are exposed to lead paint in the workplace may be held liable in a toxic tort lawsuit if a worker is diagnosed with lead poisoning.

Which illnesses are linked to lead paint?

Exposure to lead paint causes high levels of lead in the body. The lead interferes with a variety of the body’s functions and is toxic to the heart, bones, intestines, kidneys, and reproductive and nervous systems. It interferes with the growth of the nervous system, making it especially toxic to children and triggering learning and behavior disorders. Symptoms of exposure to high levels of lead paint include abdominal pain, confusion, headache, anemia, irritability and, in severe cases, seizures, coma and death.

What effect does lead paint poisoning have on children?

High levels of lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, a lower IQ, language difficulties, motor problems and behavioral problems, such as hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder. It is estimated that one out of every 27 children in Massachusetts under the age of 6 has a blood lead level high enough to cause a decrease in intelligence, physical growth and hearing.

Call our Massachusetts personal injury attorneys for help

Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm LLP online or at 1-888-491-9726 for a free consultation with a recognized leader in personal injury litigation. Our legal services are provided on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you don’t pay if we don’t win your case. Our reliable, compassionate attorneys are here when you need us most.

Lead Poisoning

Dedicated advocates for young lead paint victims and their families

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists lead poisoning as the number one environmental health hazard for young children.  Thornton Law Firm LLP in Boston has been protecting the rights of lead-poisoned children for more than 20 years and has won several multi-million dollar verdicts, including over $6 million for two lead-poisoned siblings.

We have successfully litigated issues concerning —

  • Insurance coverage
  • Admissibility of expert testimony
  • Critical discovery issues

Lead paint and the problems it still causes

Although the sale of lead paint was banned in 1978, old lead paint still poses a threat, especially to children.  Children in New England and across the country can become lead poisoned simply by touching surfaces in the home, such as windowsills that contain leaded dust or deteriorating lead paint, and then placing their contaminated fingers in their mouths.

High levels of lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, a lower IQ, language difficulties, motor problems, and behavioral problems, such as hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder. High lead levels, usually found through early screening, should trigger medical treatment and a Department of Public Health property inspection. If lead paint is found, the owner is required to cover or remove it in accordance with DPH regulations.

It is estimated that one out of every 27 Massachusetts children under the age of six has a blood lead level of 10 mcg/dL — high enough to cause a decrease in intelligence, physical growth, and hearing. And 48 percent of Massachusetts’ homes were built before 1950 — 28 years before residential lead paint usage was banned!

Successful representation for Massachusetts families

At Thornton Law Firm, we understand the financial hardship and emotional distress that can come with a diagnosis of childhood lead poisoning.When we represent lead poisoned children, we investigate how the child was poisoned, who is legally responsible, whether the child has lifelong disabilities as a result, and what that suffering means in terms of lost education and earnings.

Thornton Law Firm lead paint poisoning attorney:

  • David J. McMorris

Please visit our significant cases page to see our successes in lead poisoning cases.

Trust our Massachusetts lead poisoning attorneys to help

Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm LLP online or at 1-888-491-9726 or a free consultation with a recognized leader in personal injury litigation.  You have nothing to risk.  We offer a fair and accurate assessment of your case.

Benzene, Toxic Substance and Occupational Diseases

Massachusetts Attorneys Champion Workers Injured by Solvents

Focusing on benzene and other toxic substance occupational diseases

Workers across the country are exposed every day to toxic substances that pose severe health risks.  Many times, workers are unaware of their peril until it is too late.

Thornton Law Firm’ toxic tort practice represents workers with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) who were exposed to benzene contained in petroleum-based solvents.  We have successfully resolved a number of these cases in Massachusetts and other jurisdictions. These cases have involved offset printers, mechanics and other workers exposed to benzene.

The firm has also litigated cases involving exposure to other toxic substances found primarily in solvents used in a variety of industries, from aircraft engine and automobile manufacturing to oil refineries and precision parts manufacturing. These toxic tort cases involve exposure to such substances as—

  • Arsenic
  • Beryllium
  • Glycol ethers
  • Methylene chloride
  • Perchloroethylene
  • Radiation
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Toluene
  • Xylene

Our successful litigation in the toxic tort arena has included products liability and negligence claims on behalf of:

  • Defense industry workers suffering from beryllium disease
  • Workers with liver failure from exposure to brake cleaning solvents
  • Brain cancer victims who were exposed to radiation at a nuclear power plant.

Thornton Law Firm occupational disease attorneys

Please visit our significant cases page to see our successes in benzene and toxic substances cases.

Trust our Massachusetts occupational disease lawyers to help

Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm LLP online or at 1-888-491-9726 for a free consultation with a recognized leader in personal injury litigation and toxic tort.  You have nothing to risk.  We offer a fair and accurate assessment of your case.

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