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
- Bradykinesia (slowness in voluntary reflexes and movement)
- Trouble speaking
- Cognitive impairment
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
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.