Alabama Attorneys for Paraquat Lawsuits
Paraquat Exposure Linked to Parkinson’s Disease
The herbicide paraquat dichloride, commonly referred to as simply “paraquat,” has been linked to an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Over 32 countries have banned paraquat due to its toxicity, yet it remains one of the most widely used weed and grass killers in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to take any meaningful action—all a person has to do is become a certified applicator to use the highly toxic herbicide.
Cunningham Bounds is currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been exposed to paraquat and later developed Parkinson’s. If you or a loved one has been injured, you may qualify to file suit against paraquat manufacturers, such as Syngenta and Chevron Chemical Company, among others.
Contact an Alabama paraquat injury attorney online to find out if a paraquat lawsuit is right for you. Your consultation is free!
Who Is at Risk of Paraquat Exposure?
The individuals most at risk for paraquat exposure are agricultural workers, groundskeepers, gardeners, farmers, and others who work on areas on which paraquat is sprayed. This includes all certified applicators and individuals who work with paraquat under the supervision of a certified applicator.
Because paraquat is applied as a spray, it can be easily inhaled in small amounts, even by certified applicators. It can also be absorbed through tiny cuts in the skin. Many people do not know just how dangerous it is—only a tiny amount of paraquat can cause oxidative stress, the chemical process behind Parkinson’s and other diseases.
How Do I Know if I Was Exposed to Paraquat?
If you belong to one of the at-risk groups mentioned above, make sure to watch out for signs and symptoms of paraquat exposure.
Signs that paraquat may have caused Parkinson’s disease include:
- Prolonged or extreme stiffness
- Difficulty with body movements
- Loss of balance
- Difficult walking (slow gait, shuffling)
- Reduced facial expressions (including blank stares)
- Whole body fatigue
- Amnesia or confusion in the evening hours
- Early awakenings/sleep disturbance
Only a licensed medical professional can diagnose Parkinson’s. If you develop symptoms, don’t wait to seek medical help.
What Products Contain Paraquat?
Unfortunately, paraquat dichloride is the active ingredient in a wide range of herbicides. The most common brand is Gramoxone by Syngenta.
Some other paraquat trade names are:
Injured? Consult an Alabama Paraquat Injury Lawyer
If you have developed Parkinson’s because of paraquat exposure, Cunningham Bounds is here to fight for your full compensation. Our attorney team has represented those injured by dangerous products for more than 60 years, making us uniquely qualified to handle your case. We will fight tooth and nail to recover the damages paraquat has caused you to accumulate, such as pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of quality of life, lost earnings, and others.
For more information, call Cunningham Bounds at (251) 299-0101 or toll-free at 800-472-6191. Our Alabama lawyers will evaluate your potential case free of charge.
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