Herbicides kill unwanted vegetation, and that is a good thing for farmers. However, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world is also one of the most harmful herbicides that negatively impacts the health of users. Paraquat, which is manufactured by Syngenta, can kill a full-grown adult with just one sip of the herbicide. Scientists have known about the incredible toxicity of paraquat for years.
What scientists did not know until recently is that prolonged exposure to paraquat in low doses can develop the early signs of Parkinson’s disease. According to one comprehensive research study, prolonged exposure to paraquat in just small doses increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s symptoms by 150 percent.
Yes, you can get Parkinson’s from the herbicide called paraquat.
With more than 60 countries banning the use of paraquat to prevent the growth of unwanted vegetation, a growing number of consumer protection advocates question the inaction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the highly toxic chemical. Although Syngenta denies a link between using paraquat and the development of Parkinson’s disease, several court decisions have held Syngenta legally liable for manufacturing a product that is harmful to both humans and animals.
Because of the high level of toxicity, the EPA classifies paraquat as a “restricted use herbicide,” which means only certified individuals that complete an EPA-approved training class can use paraquat products. Homeowners cannot apply paraquat to lawns and the herbicide cannot be used to eradicate vegetation in parks, as well as on playgrounds, golf courses, and school grounds.
At Morgan and Morgan, our law firm has litigated numerous civil lawsuits involving the use of paraquat on farms. Our team of product liability attorneys also has settled many of the cases to help our clients receive the just compensation they deserve. If you have received a diagnosis for Parkinson’s disease and have used paraquat as a vegetation control product, you might qualify to receive monetary damages as awarded by a civil court judge or jury.
Schedule a free case evaluation today to determine whether you have enough evidence to file a civil lawsuit against Syngenta that seeks monetary damages.