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Paraquat Dichloride (paraquat) is a chemical agent most commonly used as an herbicide. Popularized in the mid-20th century, paraquat is now used as an herbicide agent on more than a hundred different types of crops.
However, paraquat is highly toxic, and ingesting even one small sip could be fatal. Researchers recently attributed an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease to exposure to paraquat. This could create civil liability for farmers and agricultural workers all over the country.
Our mass torts attorneys are prepared to help you join a class action lawsuit related to exposure to Paraquat Dichloride. Ask a member of our team about paraquat lawsuits in West Virginia to see if you qualify to join mass tort litigation in relation to Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. The exact cause of Parkinson’s disease is not known but has been highly correlated with industrialization and the increased use of industrial chemicals and synthetic pesticides.
While paraquat is banned in various countries around the world, the use of this chemical agent has increased in use in the United States. The herbicide is heavily regulated and only available to commercially licensed users, but it has not yet been banned in the US.
A recent study found that inhaling paraquat gives the harmful chemicals a direct pathway to the brain. Inhaling paraquat consistently and in large quantities is dangerous for those working closely with the chemical, specifically farmers and agricultural workers.
A 2010 study found significantly higher levels of paraquat in farm workers who handled the chemical, indicating that these workers are at a much higher risk for developing Parkinson’s disease. Agricultural workers in West Virginia who were exposed to the herbicide and have since been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease may have a viable claim for financial compensation.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study indicating that more than 13 million United States workers across all different industry sectors are believed to be currently at risk of exposure to harmful chemicals via skin absorption. The study mentions that occupational skin exposure may result in the contraction of a wide variety of diseases, which could negatively impact your health and ability to work. These changes could place a significant economic strain on you or your family due to loss of health and the ability to perform tasks required for your line of work.
If you have been affected by paraquat and are thinking of joining or filing a class action lawsuit, there are some things you need to know. You may be able to seek compensation for all your damages, including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the loss of quality of life. However, there are deadlines to file toxic exposure lawsuits, so it is crucial to file sooner rather than later.
Most importantly, you will likely need the help of an experienced lawyer to investigate the situation and prove that paraquat is the cause of your Parkinson’s disease. Get in touch with the diligent legal team at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, for a consultation and to see how we can help you pursue a paraquat lawsuit in West Virginia.
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