Paraquat is one of the most popular herbicides in the world. It is highly effective and reasonably priced, making it a favorite among farmers and agricultural workers since the 1960s. It is also extremely poisonous. Simply put, Paraquat exposure can kill. The herbicide has been banned in the European Union and dozens of other countries, but is still widely utilized in the United States. Paraquat isn’t available for personal use, as only licensed applicators can spray the herbicide. Even so, Paraquat exposure is still dangerous, even when applied by trained professionals using various safeguards and wearing proper protective gear. Because of its toxicity, Paraquat has been associated with various health conditions, including lung damage, kidney scarring, and Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s is one of the most serious diseases associated with Paraquat exposure. It is a degenerative movement condition with no cure. Within a decade of symptoms appearing, most patients will experience significant disability. One study found that individuals exposed to Paraquat are 250% more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. To-date, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has refused to ban the herbicide, as the agency has historically found no link between Paraquat exposure and Parkinson’s or cancer. That said, in 2023 the EPA announced that it would review anew Paraquat’s classification status. Thousands of people have sued Syngenta and Chevron USA, two pesticide companies that manufacture the chemical, alleging harm resulting from Paraquat use. The cases have been consolidated into multi-district litigation (MDL), and bellwether trials are scheduled.
Paraquat exposure can have devastating consequences. If you or someone you love developed Parkinson’s disease after working with Paraquat, a Saddle Rock Legal Group lawyer can help you explore your legal options. Contact us for a free case consultation.