What You Need to Know About Paraquate Exposure and Lawsuits

Paraquat is a dangerous herbicide that has been used for the last two decades.  It is banned in most European countries and those who use the herbicide in the US must be licensed. 

In 2009, research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology revealed that any exposure to paraquat within 1,600 feet of a home resulted in a heightened Parkinson’s disease risk of 75 percent.

In February 2011, the National Institute of Health (NIH) conducted a study – the Farming and Movement Evaluation (FAME) – exploring claims that exposure to the popular herbicide Paraquat could be linked to a greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Again, in 2011, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences published results from a robust study of Parkinson’s disease cases and pesticides. Within this study, paraquat emerged as a significant concern. The study concluded that “Parkinson’s disease was strongly associated with” paraquat.

In the scientific community, these studies demonstrate a growing concern that Paraquat is a dangerous herbicide with significant connection to Parkinson's Disease.

If you or a loved one has contracted Parkinson's AFTER exposure to Paraquat, you should consult with an experienced Paraquat lawyer.  Here are some of the criteria:

  • you must have had direct exposure to a herbicide containing Paraquat or have been exposed to a herbicide containing paraquat
  • you must have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to Paraquat
  • If you did not use, mix, or apply a herbicide containing Paraquat; then
    you must have lived or worked in an EPA High Paraquat utilization ZIP code, been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the age 64 or younger, and had no direct biological family history of Parkinson’s disease
  • you must have lived or worked on a farm or within a mile of a farm, been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age 64 or younger, and had no direct biological family history of Parkinson’s disease (OR) must have lived or worked in an EPA High Paraquat utilization ZIP code and been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 49 or younger.

Parkinson's Disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. Parkinson's symptoms usually begin gradually and get worse over time. As the disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking and talking. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson's Disease.

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