New research shows that exposure to the herbicide Paraquat can lead to Parkinson’s disease. Thousands of people are bringing cases to court to fight for compensation due to the harm caused by the negligence of Paraquat makers and distributors. If you or a loved one suffered due to the use of this harmful chemical, you may be eligible to file a Paraquat lawsuit with the help of the experienced attorneys at NST Law.
For those who work in agriculture or live close to farmlands, exposure to a popular herbicide could be the reason behind your health condition. Paraquat, also known by the brand name Gramoxone, is commonly used for weed control. However, prolonged exposure to Paraquat can also cause Parkinson’s disease.
If you feel your diagnosis could relate to Paraquat exposure, you may be eligible for compensation. Current lawsuits against the manufacturer, Syngenta, and the distributor, Chevron Inc., seek to hold these companies responsible.
You have the right to make a claim for repayment of medical costs and other expenses and losses associated with your exposure to this harmful chemical. Our product liability attorneys are available to assist you with starting your Paraquat lawsuit today.
Table Of Contents
- How NST Law Can Help You Get The Compensation You Deserve
- About Paraquat
- The Health Concerns with Paraquat
- Groups Most at Risk from Exposure to Paraquat
- Who Are the Responsible Parties?
- Available Damages in Your Paraquat Lawsuit
- Time Limits to File Your Paraquat Lawsuit
- Pending Lawsuits for Paraquat Claims
- Contact Our Product Liability Attorneys for Your Free Case Review
How NST Law Can Help You Get The Compensation You Deserve
Bringing a Paraquat lawsuit to court requires attorneys who understand product liability law and how to properly put together evidence. At NST Law, we know this type of case often hinges on expert witnesses who can connect the product to the disease.
Syngenta and Chevron strongly deny the accusations against them. They have high-powered lawyers fighting for them in court, so you need representation that is just as eager for a win. Our skilled product liability attorneys put forth everything on your behalf because we know you deserve fair compensation.
We work hard for you while providing compassionate care because we know the importance of winning your case and how life-changing it can be. Our attorneys have helped clients recover $2 billion in damages. We also understand and share your desire to hold these companies accountable, so they will not continue to expose others to the hazards of this chemical.
Since the 1950s, the agricultural industry has used Paraquat to combat weed growth in fields. It is incredibly popular because it works quickly and can handle weeds that have developed a resistance to other chemicals.
On the market, Paraquat sells as Gramoxone, but it also has other brand names, including:
- Bonfire Herbicide
- Cyclone SL 2.0
- Helmquat 3SL
- Para-Shot 3.0
However, government agencies understand the risks to humans this product poses. Due to this, the Environmental Protection Agency banned it for residential use and limits it to commercial applications within the United States. Anyone wishing to use Paraquat must have specific training and certification. In 32 other countries, there are complete bans on the product.
The Health Concerns with Paraquat
The problem with Paraquat is its link to Parkinson’s disease. Research shows exposure to this chemical can alter your genes and increase your chances of developing this serious medical condition. Paraquat is also highly toxic. Direct exposure through ingestion is fatal, so it is no surprise that other exposure methods can lead to health problems.
Parkinson’s disease impacts the nervous system. It causes a range of symptoms, including:
- Impaired posture or balance
- Loss of automatic movements
- Rigid muscles
- Slowness of movement
- Speech changes
The disease can also lead to non-movement symptoms, such as:
- Cognitive impairment
- Sleep disorders
About one million people in the United States have this degenerative disease. There is no known cure, and treatment options limit symptoms but cannot prevent damage from occurring.
The link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s disease has gotten stronger in recent years as research has expanded. While the medical community and those selling this chemical have been aware of the potential issue for some time, it is only now reaching consumers.
Internal documents have come to light showing the manufacturer and distributors were very aware of the risks of selling this product and pushing it to the agricultural and other sectors. They took steps to hide the warnings and details of the dangers of Paraquat. They actively worked to ensure consumers would not know the hazards of using this chemical for decades.
But research shows that exposure to the herbicide increases a person’s chances of developing Parkinson’s disease. The revelations have spawned various Paraquat Parkinson’s lawsuit claims.
Groups Most at Risk from Exposure to Paraquat
Agricultural workers are at a high risk of experiencing Paraquat’s hazardous side effects because of their frequent use of the product. But this is not the only industry or group that could have been impacted by Paraquat.
Forestry and lawncare workers also use the chemical and, therefore, have an increased risk of side effects. Generally, anyone using this product on a regular basis is at a high risk of experiencing negative health consequences.
In addition, anyone who lives near farms where farmers routinely use the herbicide has elevated exposure risks. Though their risk is lower than that of people who directly work with or around the chemical, it is important to be aware that risks are present anywhere near where the chemical is used.
Who Are the Responsible Parties?
Sygenta is the main manufacturer of Paraquat, which it produces under the brand name Gramoxone. The China National Chemical Corporation, known as ChemChina, owns Sygenta. Production occurs in the United Kingdom and China for sale in the United States. Chevron, Inc. distributes the product.
The law holds the manufacturing company responsible for adverse effects that occur even when consumers follow label instructions. Syngenta has the responsibility to ensure its product is safe and does not pose a risk to those who buy it or to label products with warnings and safe use instructions.
Available Damages in Your Paraquat Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has Parkinson’s disease after Paraquat exposure, you may be able to bring a lawsuit to court seeking damages. Under product liability laws, you may be able to sue Syngenta and Chevron for selling you a product that caused harm. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to ask for compensation that covers the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Ongoing treatment and accommodations
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you had a loved one die from Parkinson’s disease caused by exposure to the herbicide, you may have a wrongful death case. In these types of cases, you may be eligible for compensation for loss of companionship, lost wages, and other expenses and impacts to your life due to the death.
In both situations, you may also have the option to ask for punitive damages. These function as compensation that the court levies against the other party as punishment for their bad actions. They are at the discretion of the judge but can be quite hefty, as the court uses them to make a point or teach a lesson to companies that do not take the health and safety of consumers seriously.
Time Limits to File Your Paraquat Lawsuit
Regardless of which type of lawsuit you are eligible to file, you will need to ensure that your case is filed within the statute of limitations. This is a time limit that states how long you have to file, and if you miss this deadline, you lose your ability to bring your case to court and seek compensation.
Every state has different statute of limitation rules, and they usually differ for the type of case. For example, in Tennessee, you have four years to file a product liability case, but you only have one year for a personal injury or wrongful death claim. In Mississippi, you must file your product liability case within two years, but you have three years to file for wrongful death.
Pending Lawsuits for Paraquat Claims
Multi-district litigation continues for over 100 cases involving more than 2,000 plaintiffs who are fighting for compensation from Syngenta and Chevron, Inc. The first trial date is in October 2023. Claims can and likely will continue to grow in this matter. Potential Paraquat lawsuit settlement amounts could be rather large considering the impact of the wrongdoing.
The expectation is that the attorneys for the plaintiffs will show that the defendants hid important safety information. They concealed the potential risks in order to push their product and increase sales to unknowing farmers who then had exposure and later developed Parkinson’s disease.
Contact Our Product Liability Attorneys for Your Free Case Review
At NST Law, our attorneys and staff have the reputation of being The Champions for the Injured. We offer free consultations and do not require payment until you win your Paraquat lawsuit. NST Law has the experience and resources to help you get the maximum compensation possible in your case. Contact us now to learn more about your legal options if you have suffered harm after using Paraquat.