Tennessee Paraquat Lawsuit Lawyer
Were you diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after using the dangerous weed killer paraquat? Has a loved one been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease following use of paraquat as a common weed killer? You should know that you may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation against the maker of this hazardous product. Consumers across the country have already filed lawsuits against Syngenta, the maker of a common paraquat weed killer product known as Gramoxone.
Whether a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis occurred in the past or quite recently, you could be eligible to hold this company accountable for the harm it has caused. In some cases, consumers did not use a paraquat herbicide themselves but merely lived in proximity to an area where this dangerous chemical was being used as a weed killer. One of our Tennessee paraquat lawsuit lawyers can evaluate your case for you today and can help you to determine your eligibility for filing a claim.
What is Paraquat and How Does It Cause Consumer Injury?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), paraquat is “a toxic chemical that is widely used as an herbicide (plant killer), primarily for weed and grass control.” The serious risks associated with paraquat have been known for quite some time. In recent years, researchers have increasingly cited the serious harms associated with paraquat in agricultural areas and broader communities where this weed killer is used, citing links between the herbicide and Parkinson’s disease diagnoses.
The CDC emphasizes that “paraquat is highly poisonous,” and that paraquat poisoning is possible through consuming any food or beverage that has been contaminated with the herbicide, as well as through skin exposure. In some cases, the CDC has linked paraquat poisoning and other exposure injuries to inhalation of the weed killer.
Signs of Paraquat Exposure
The CDC underscores that paraquat exposure can have various symptoms, and sometimes signs of exposure do not occur for a long time after a person initially comes into contact with this dangerous herbicide. Signs of harmful paraquat exposure may include but are not limited to the following:
- Pain and swelling in the area of exposure;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms;
- Abdominal pain;
- Heart failure;
- Kidney failure;
- Liver failure;
- Lung scarring;
- Muscle weakness;
- Pulmonary edema;
- Respiratory failure; and
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease typically begin slowly and gradually, and they worsen over time. According to the National Institute on Aging, common signs of Parkinson’s disease may include but are not limited to:
- Tremors in the hands, arms, legs, jaw, or head;
- Stiffness in a person’s limbs or trunk;
- Slowed movement; and
- Impaired balance or coordination.
In some people, emotional changes such as depression can also be signs of Parkinson’s disease, along with trouble sleeping, difficulty swallowing or talking, and other health effects.
Contact a Paraquat Lawsuit Attorney Today for Help with Your Claim
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or another serious health issue after probable or suspected exposure to paraquat, you should seek advice from an attorney today about filing a claim. Companies like Syngenta have a duty to warn consumers about the serious risks posed by their products, and failure to do so can result in liability. Our paraquat attorneys can help you to seek the financial compensation you deserve. Contact Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette today to get started on your case.