Much like other industries, the agricultural sector is constantly pursuing new chemicals and equipment to further their goals and produce their crops more efficiently. One of their discoveries was Paraquat, a highly effective weed-killer that is more powerful than any other pesticide in the industry. Many farmers and agricultural workers relied on this chemical for years, but science has recently discovered a link between the pesticide and Parkinsons’ disease. According to the study, any exposure to Paraquat increases an individual’s chance of developing the condition exponentially, which has many farmers questioning why the manufacturer failed to notify them of the risks of the product before it landed on store shelves.
Paraquat is administered in an aerosol form, which means that the operator sprays crops and plants with equipment containing Paraquat. If the chemical is sprayed on a windy day, it has the potential to travel through the air into nearby areas, exposing all who live there to the dangers of Paraquat. This unfortunate situation has resulted in an increase in Parkinson’s disease cases across the nation, but why should someone have to suffer from a life-threatening condition when they were never warned of the side effects?
Lawsuits against the manufacturer of Paraquat are on the rise, and if you’re one of the victims, you could be eligible to file one as well. However, it might be difficult to know if your situation qualifies for a lawsuit, so we’ve compiled some information to make sure you’re up to date with the latest developments of Paraquat lawsuit litigation:
You’ve Used Paraquat…
What Is Paraquat?
Paraquat is an industrial-strength pesticide used in the agricultural industry to protect crops. While the product is adept at preventing unwanted pests from interfering with crop production, its strength also comes with some consequences, and many agricultural workers have developed serious health concerns after exposure to the product. These individuals administered Paraquat on their farms under the impression that it was safe to use for its intended purpose, but in reality, the manufacturers sold a product that is unsafe for humans to use under any circumstances.
Paraquat is sold under many different names, including:
- Bonfire Herbicide
- Gramoxone (manufactured by Syngenta)
To make matters worse, the manufacturers of Paraquat failed to disclose their product's side effects honestly. There is no mention of the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease anywhere on the label, which has caused numerous cases of farmers unknowingly exposing their employees and families to a life-threatening condition. Their negligence isn’t your burden to carry, and if you developed Parkinson’s as a result of your Paraquat exposure, Morgan & Morgan is here to help.