BY: Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller | IN: Personal Injury
Recent scientific research shows a strong correlation between exposure to the toxic herbicide paraquat and a heightened risk of Parkinson’s disease. Particularly at risk are farmers, agricultural workers, groundskeepers, and commercial landscapers and applicators.
Roundup and other herbicides have recently been in the news for the health risks, cancers, and various diseases they can cause. Paraquat, however, is said to be “the deadliest pesticide on the market.” If ingested, it rapidly disperses throughout the body, causing chemical reactions in major organs elsewhere.
Because of paraquat’s harmful and potentially lethal composition, people and families of deceased relatives are stepping forward to bring product liability lawsuits over the manufacturers’ failure to warn of the dangers.
You may know paraquat under different brand names in the U.S., including:
Most people working with paraquat in our country are farmers, and it is most frequently applied to corn, cotton, soybeans, and alfalfa crops, as well as in fruit orchards and grape vineyards.
Public data indicates paraquat is most commonly used in the following states:
If you or a loved one has been directly exposed to paraquat and subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be able to bring a claim against paraquat manufacturers for their failure to warn against the dangers of their product. Please contact us for a free consultation.
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Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller focuses her practice on medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and general negligence litigation on behalf injured plaintiffs.