Now Accepting Paraquat Lawsuit Cases for Parkinson’s Disease Brain Disorders
Do you or a loved one suffer from Parkinson’s disease, or show signs of ongoing Parkinson’s? Do you believe your diagnosis of this brain disorder is linked to paraquat weed killer (herbicide) exposure as a farmworker or other agricultural worker? If so, you may be entitled to participation in a paraquat lawsuit.
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Do You Qualify for the Paraquat Parkinson’s Disease Lawsuit?
Lawsuits are now forming and being filed on behalf of farmers and other agricultural workers who were exposed to the toxic herbicide paraquat (also known as Gramoxone) and were later diagnosed with Parkison’s disease.
If you or a loved one meet the following criteria, you may be entitled to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages:
What Is Paraquat?
Paraquat is a chemical contact herbicide that is also known by the brand name Gramoxone. This weed killer was first discovered in the 1950s and was later commercialized in the 1960s by Syngenta as a low-cost means for farmers to control glyphosate-resistant annual and perennial weeds.
As of data shown from 2017, US farmers currently use more than 10 million pounds of paraquat each year on pasture, hay, alfalfa, orchards, grapes, wheat, corn, soy, peanuts, vegetables, and other fruits.
Alleged Health Dangers of Paraquat
Due to its high environmental and human toxicity, paraquat is available for use in the United States only by commercially licensed users.
However, unlike the three other top agricultural producers in the world—European Union, China, and Brazil—that have already banned paraquat or are in the process of phasing out use of the different solutions of the weed killer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has yet to take action.
Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, is a strong advocate against paraquat. Donley claims that there is “considerable evidence that paraquat has been shown to more than double the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease in farmworkers and others suffering occupational exposure.”
Furthermore, people can be exposed to paraquat through ingestion, inhalation, and skin-absorption. This exposure not only increases the risk to those who live within 1,600 feet of any exposure to paraquat, but also to the loved ones of workers who come in frequent contact with materials in vehicles and furniture in homes that are touched by the clothing of exposed workers. Ingestion is particularly lethal, as one small sip can be fatal and there is no antidote.
Michigan Department of Community Health Division of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology lists other harmful side effects of paraquat, including burns as well as an increased risk of birth defects and cancer.
How Is Paraquat Linked to Parkinson’s Disease?
According to Todd Sherer, a neuroscientist at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and three other neurologist experts that authored the 2020 published book Ending Parkinson’s Disease, there is extensive evidence that the increasing prominence of Parkinson’s is a man-made pandemic that can be closely tracked the growth of industrialization. This debilitating brain disorder has increased dramatically with the use of pesticides.
Many recent plaintiffs claim that before the recent studies that link paraquat to Parkinson’s disease, they were completely unaware that the chemical posed any long-term health risks.
A current paraquat lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County, Illinois (St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 20-L-1006) on December 21, 2020 (St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 20-L-1006) on behalf of Michael Joseph Kearns and his spouse Jean Rae Kearns against the Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, Syngenta AG, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Growmark Inc. The lawsuit alleges strict product liability, negligence, violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, and breach of implied warranty of merchantability, among other claims.
Michael Kerns is a former crop duster from 1969 to 1981, during which time he was repeatedly exposed to the chemical paraquat and allegedly inhaled, ingested, or absorbed paraquat that was sprayed on farm fields in the areas of Edgerton, WI and Danville, IL.
He now suffers from Parkinson’s disease (“PD”) which is believed to be caused by over a decade of exposure to paraquat. The $50,000+ dangerous products lawsuit seeks to recover damages for personal injuries and losses of support, society, and consortium.
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