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At Burg Simpson, our team of dedicated paraquat lawsuit lawyers is advocating for those who have developed Parkinson’s disease following exposure to paraquat. As awareness of this potent herbicide’s risks increases, so does the urgency for legal action.

Known for its toxicity, exposure to paraquat can lead to severe health issues. For example, acute exposure can result in organ failure. Recent studies, however, have shown a potential link between prolonged exposure and Parkinson’s disease.

With over 45 years of experience and more than $2 billion recovered for our clients, Burg Simpson’s experienced product liability lawyers are uniquely positioned to help those harmed by dangerous chemicals. Our firm combines local dedication with national reach, ensuring that each case is handled with the utmost care and professionalism.

If you or a loved one suffers from Parkinson’s disease and you believe it is due to paraquat exposure, it is critical to seek knowledgeable representation. Contact Burg Simpson online or call 888-895-2080 today to schedule a FREE and confidential case evaluation. Learn how our paraquat lawsuit lawyers can help you pursue justice and potentially secure a Parkinson’s lawsuit settlement.

What Is Paraquat?

Paraquat is a chemical herbicide primarily used for weed and grass control in a variety of agricultural and non-agricultural areas. It was first produced for commercial purposes in 1961. Since then, it has become one of the most widely used herbicides globally.

Paraquat is highly toxic. Due to its high toxicity, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies paraquat as a “Restricted Use Pesticide.” This means it can only be used by licensed applicators. The substance is banned in several countries due to its acute toxicity and the potential health risks it poses.

What Is Paraquat Used For?

Paraquat is predominantly used as an herbicide to control weed and grass growth across a variety of settings. For example, paraquat is used to kill weeds before planting or prior to seedling emergence on vegetables, grains, and cotton. It can be used to kill weeds around fruit crops, vegetables, and trees. Paraquat is also used in non-agricultural settings such as airports and commercial buildings to control weeds.

Farmer spraying paraquat on fields | Burg Simpson Law Firm

Is Paraquat Safe?

Paraquat is recognized as a highly toxic chemical, prompting significant safety concerns. Paraquat’s classification as a restricted use pesticide by the EPA limits its handling and application to certified applicators. Direct exposure can result in severe health issues, including fatal poisoning.

While paraquat is still legally sold in the United States, several countries have banned its use due to health concerns. Moreover, emerging research links chronic exposure to paraquat with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Who Manufactures Paraquat?

Chevron USA manufactured and distributed paraquat in the United States until 1986. Currently, Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC and Syngenta AG manufacture and distribute paraquat in the United States. These manufacturers are under increasing scrutiny due to the herbicide’s health risks and the growing number of legal claims associated with its use.

What Products Contain Paraquat?

Some of the most well-known products containing paraquat include:

  • Blanco® (Altitude Crop Innovations)
  • Bonedry (Sinon USA)
  • Bonfire Herbicide (United Phosphorous)
  • Cyclone™ SL 2.0 (Syngenta)
  • Devour™ (Innvictis Crop Care)
  • Firestorm® (Chemtura Corporation)
  • Gramoxone® (Syngenta)
  • Helmquat 3SL (Helm Agro)
  • Ortho-Paraquat CL (Chevron Chemical Company)
  • Paraquat 43.2% SL (RedEagle International)
  • Para-SHOT 3.0 (Sharda USA)
  • Parazone® 3SL (ADAMA Group Company)
  • Quik-Quat™ (Drexel Chemical Company)
  • Tigris™ Paraquat 3SL (Tigris)
  • Willowood Paraquat 3SL (Willowood USA)

Who Is At Risk of Paraquat Exposure?

The people most at risk of paraquat exposure are primarily those involved in the agricultural sector, where paraquat is routinely used as a herbicide. This includes:

  • Farm Workers & Applicators: These individuals handle and apply paraquat directly (often in large quantities), making them particularly vulnerable to exposure.
  • Chemical Mixers & Loaders: Those who mix paraquat solutions or load them into sprayers are exposed to concentrated forms of the chemical.
  • Licensed Pesticide Applicators: Since only certified applicators can use paraquat in the U.S., these professionals are routinely exposed to the herbicide.

Paraquat’s Effect on People

Paraquat’s significant toxicity not only poses immediate health risks but also raises long-term concerns, especially regarding Parkinson’s disease. Given these serious risks, it is crucial for individuals harmed by paraquat to speak to a product liability attorney. Product liability lawyers play a vital role in seeking justice and compensation for affected individuals while ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.

What Are Early Signs & Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?

Early signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are subtle and often overlooked. Common initial symptoms include:

  • Tremor or shaking, usually starting in one limb
  • Slowness of movement (bradykinesia)
  • Muscle stiffness that is not attributed to physical exertion or injury
  • Impaired posture, balance, and coordination
  • Decreased ability to perform automatic movements
  • Changes in speech
  • Changes in handwriting, often making it appear smaller and more cramped

Because these symptoms can be attributed to various other conditions, their association with Parkinson’s might not be immediately apparent. This can make early diagnosis challenging.

Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease progresses through several stages, each reflecting a gradual increase in the severity of symptoms:

Stage One

Symptoms are mild and typically do not interfere significantly with daily activities. They may present on only one side of the body.

Stage Two

Symptoms worsen, affecting both sides of the body. (Though individuals can still live independently.)

Stage Three

Loss of balance and slow movement become more prominent and falls are more common, significantly impacting daily activities.

Stage Four

Symptoms are severe and limiting. While individuals can still walk to some extent, they need substantial assistance with daily activities.

Stage Five

The most advanced stage, where individuals may become wheelchair-bound or bedridden.

Understanding the progression of Parkinson’s is imperative for managing the disease and planning appropriate care.

Man with Parkinson's disease tremor struggling to hold a glass of water | Burg Simpson Law Firm

Is Paraquat Still Legal?

Paraquat remains legal in the United States, though the EPA strictly regulates its use. It is classified as a restricted use pesticide, meaning it can only be handled and applied by licensed applicators who have completed EPA-approved training. This restriction is due to the high toxicity and potential health risks associated with paraquat exposure.

Where Is Paraquat Banned?

Paraquat is banned in more than 30 countries worldwide, including those in the European Union, China, and Brazil. These bans have been instituted due to growing health concerns.

Has the U.S. Banned Paraquat?

As stated previously, the United States has not banned paraquat. The continued legality of paraquat in the U.S. is subject to ongoing reviews and debates within the regulatory and scientific communities, driven by evolving research about its safety and public health advocacy efforts.

Paraquat lawsuits play an important role in seeking justice for victims and their families and maintaining pressure on manufacturers to ensure compliance with safety standards and regulations. These legal actions keep the dangers of paraquat in public discourse, fostering a continued push toward potential regulatory changes and safer agricultural practices.

Who Can File a Paraquat Lawsuit?

Those who have been exposed to paraquat and subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can pursue a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of paraquat. Those who have brought such lawsuits are primarily agricultural workers, herbicide applicators, and farmers who have used paraquat.

Strong cases hinge on proving that exposure occurred through direct contact with the herbicide. Consulting with a paraquat lawsuit lawyer can help you determine whether you have a case based on your specific circumstances and, if so, ensure your claim is filed within the applicable statute of limitations.

How Do You Prove a Paraquat Lawsuit?

Proving a paraquat lawsuit, like any lawsuit, involves several steps, including obtaining:

  • Medical Records: Medical records are needed to establish the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Employment History: Documentation or testimony regarding a person’s employment history can help establish that an individual worked with paraquat.
  • Expert Testimony: Experts must testify that 1) paraquat can cause Parkinson’s disease, and 2) it caused Parkinson’s disease in a specific person.
  • Witness Statements: Statements from co-workers, family members, and other witnesses can help establish that an individual was exposed to paraquat.

These steps, combined with a thorough legal strategy by experienced product liability lawyers, are essential to preparing and proving a paraquat product liability claim.

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Have There Been Any Settlements in the Paraquat Lawsuit?

Although there have been some settlements in previous paraquat cases, there have been no settlements to date for the hundreds of cases currently pending in the Southern District of Illinois. Those cases are currently being actively litigated.

Why Choose Burg Simpson for Your Paraquat Lawsuit?

Choosing Burg Simpson to represent in your paraquat lawsuit means partnering with a firm that brings substantial skill and a compassionate approach to each case. Here is why Burg Simpson stands out as the ideal choice for handling your paraquat claim:

1. Proven Track Record

Burg Simpson has a long-standing reputation for success, consistently delivering substantial settlements and verdicts for clients facing complex legal challenges. Our product liability attorneys leverage extensive trial experience and a strategic approach to navigate high-stakes litigation effectively.

2. In-Depth Knowledge

Our product liability attorneys have a deep understanding of the complexities associated with product liability and toxic exposure cases, particularly those involving harmful chemicals like paraquat.

3. Client-Centric Approach

Burg Simpson handles every client’s case with utmost care and personalized attention. We understand the profound impact Parkinson’s disease can have on you and your family, and we are committed to providing support every step of the way.

4. Resource Availability

With a broad network of medical experts and investigators, Burg Simpson can build a robust case enhancing your chances of a successful resolution.

5. Advocacy & Dedication

Our lawyers are dedicated advocates for environmental safety and public health, tirelessly working to hold negligent manufacturers accountable.

6. No Cost Until We Win

Burg Simpson operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning clients pay no upfront costs and fees are only collected if we successfully resolve your case.

When facing a health crisis like Parkinson’s due to paraquat exposure, choosing Burg Simpson means you are not just getting a lawyer—you are gaining a dedicated ally committed to fighting for your rights and securing the justice and compensation you deserve.

Contact a Paraquat Lawyer If You Have Been Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and suspect it may be linked to paraquat exposure, reach out to the paraquat lawsuit lawyers at Burg Simpson immediately. Our experienced team is ready to evaluate your case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Call 888-895-2080 or contact us online today for a FREE and confidential consultation. The national product liability lawyers at Burg Simpson are proud to serve clients in all 50 states.