Wexler Wallace is currently investigating claims involving the weed killer Paraquat’s link to increased Parkinson’s Disease risks. If you have been affected, you may be able to file a Paraquat Parkinson’s disease lawsuit.
Ensuring the safety of the food we eat is a major priority for most families, especially in today’s world. However, numerous studies and evaluations have recently found commercial pesticides to be a significant health risk. Tragically, this trend seems to continue, with news reports that the widely-used weed killer Paraquat may be linked to an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease.
What is Paraquat?
Paraquat Dichloride (Paraquat) is one of the world’s oldest and most popular herbicides. It rose to prominence following World War II and was quickly adopted due to its speed and effectiveness. Not only could Paraquat kill weeds and grass quickly, it required less intensive labor to apply and maintain. This made Paraquat a favorite choice for the agriculture industry.
However, Paraquat is also among the most highly acutely toxic herbicides to be marketed in decades. Currently, Paraquat is banned in over 30 countries worldwide due to the health risks it presents. In addition to an increased risk of Parkinson’s Disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked Paraquat to numerous immediate and long-term risks, such as pulmonary edema, kidney, liver, and heart failure, seizures, and death. Despite the known risks and numerous calls from health care experts and advocates to ban the substance, the use of Paraquat is still allowed in the United States.
If you have a history of prolonged Paraquat usage and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you have options. Contact Wexler Wallace today to learn more.
How is Paraquat linked to Parkinson’s Disease?
One of the first links between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease was discovered by the National Institutes of Health in a study entitled Farming and Movement Evaluation Study (FAME). The FAME study examined the long term causes of Parkinson’s Disease by focusing on environmental factors. Using data compiled in the Agricultural Health Study, researchers were able to track more than 80,000 farmers, agricultural workers, and their immediate families. They determined that individuals who used Paraquat were among those who were roughly two and a half times more likely to develop Parkinson’s.
Were you diagnosed with Parkinson’s following prolonged use of Paraquat? Contact Wexler Wallace today to discuss filing a Paraquat Parkinson’s Disease lawsuit.
Understanding Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement and fine motor skills. The disease occurs when brain cells responsible for producing the movement-coordinating chemical dopamine stop working or die. Often associated with tremors and uncontrollable spasm, individuals afflicted with the disease often watch their quality of life permanently vanish as their movement and motor skills slowly deteriorate.
Parkinson’s tends to manifest during mid-to-old age, and there is currently no known cure or means to slow or reverse its progression.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease following prolonged exposure to Paraquat, you may have a legal claim against the manufacturer. Contact an attorney today to discuss your options.