Paraquat, a restricted use pesticide, was first manufactured in 1961 and rapidly became one of the most common herbicides in the world. It is also one of the most dangerous, especially those who have suffered long term exposure to Paraquat. Scientists have long known that paraquat, often referred to as Gramoxone, is acutely toxic. Dubbed “highly poisonous” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is so toxic, in fact, that a single sip of the herbicide can kill an adult. Paraquat’s toxicity causes massive damage to the mouth, stomach, and intestines. Once this deadly substance enters your body, it creates fatal interactions in the lungs, kidneys, and liver.
But in recent years, evidence has accumulated showing that repeated frequent exposure to paraquat, including secondary exposure, in low doses may be linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease. Read on for answers to three frequently asked questions.
Is There a Link Between Parkinson’s Disease and Frequent Exposure to Paraquat or Long Term Exposue to Paraquat?
Scientific research has concluded that those who use paraquat are twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease in the future. Not only that, but those who live in an area where paraquat is used are also at risk, as the wind can carry the airborne chemical into neighborhoods and other populated areas can result in significant exposure to paraquat. Despite numerous scientific studies into paraquat’s safety, the company responsible for the pesticide refused to acknowledge the potential risks of frequent exposure to paraquat and exposed thousands of innocent individuals to a hazardous chemical for over a decade, even though it is a restrictive use pesticide.
What is the Scientific Link that Long Term Exposure to Paraquat Can Lead to Parkinson’s?
Numerous scientific studies have linked frequent exposure to paraquat to Parkinson’s. A large 2011 study of U.S. farmers found that those who used paraquat were twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as those who didn’t use the restricted use pesticide. Other research has found that cumulative exposure over long periods increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s Data published by Louisiana State University shows that a person’s zip code and proximity to cropland where paraquat is applied correlates with the risk of developing Parkinson’s.
Scientists believe that a deficit of the neurotransmitter dopamine causes Parkinson’s. Studies have demonstrated that paraquat can kill dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain. Inhaling paraquat, which could happen if workers come into contact with aerosolized droplets during crop spraying, gives it a direct pathway to the brain, say researchers at the University of Rochester. However, paraquat could also end up in the brain after ingestion or skin exposure. The CDC notes that, once paraquat enters the body, it is distributed to all areas of the body. Fred Kamel, a scientist within an epidemiology branch of the NIH, has said that research on the link between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease is “about as persuasive as these things can get.”
Do I Qualify for a Paraquat Exposure Lawsuit?
Many individuals are filing claims against the makers of paraquat, alleging the restricted use pesticide has either caused the individuals to develop Parkinson’s Disease or that the individuals are at an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease because of prior long term and frequent exposure to paraquat. Lawsuits are being filed across the country, both in federal and state courts. Some cases are class actions, where one plaintiff serves as a class representative on behalf of similarly situated plaintiffs.
Other lawsuits are filed by individual plaintiffs who are not part of a class action but are part of consolidated mass tort litigation that includes numerous individually filed lawsuits rather than one large lawsuit filed on behalf of many.
Common plaintiffs in paraquat exposure lawsuit are licensed applicators/users, agricultural workers who were frequently exposed to Paraquat on farms, and individuals who did not work on farms but lived on or near farms where they were subject to secondary paraquat exposure. For more information, contact Timothy L. Miles, a Paraquat Exposure Lawyer today for a free case evaluation to see if your eligible for a Paraquat Exposure Lawsuit.
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Call Timothy L. Miles, a Paraquat Exposure Lawyer today if you suffered long term exposure to paraquat and developed Parkinson’s disease. (855) Tim-M-Law (855-846-6529).