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Is there a link between weedkiller and Parkinson’s disease?

| Jul 20, 2021 | product liability |

Paraquat is a herbicide that, unfortunately, has detrimental effects on farmers. Due to its high toxicity, the herbicide is only restricted for commercial use. Although farmers and laborers in Texas have the highest risk of exposure, people living around industrial farms are also at risk. One of the resulting side effects of paraquat exposure is Parkinson’s disease. As a result, the herbicide is illegal in over 32 countries.

Paraquat and Parkinson’s disease

Since it’s a fast-acting, contact weed killer, paraquat is among the most popular herbicides in the world. Gramoxone SL 2.0 is a herbicide that contains paraquat and is legal in the United States. Due to the toxicity of paraquat, multi-district litigation has been filed against manufacturers that produce the herbicide. Most of the lawsuits link the use of the herbicide to Parkinson’s disease. However, there are other lawsuits linked to cancer.

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that affects the nerve cells in the brain, resulting in the production of low dopamine levels. Low levels of dopamine result in reduced movement of limbs, tremors and rigidity. Additionally, Parkinson’s disease is characterized by sleep disorders, depression and constipation. The disease is progressive and get worse with time. While there’s no cure for the disease, some symptoms are manageable.

A guide for a paraquat lawsuit

If you are a paraquat victim, you may be eligible to join a lawsuit and seek compensation for damages such as lost wages, medical costs, poor life quality and pain. However, you must file your claim within the given deadlines for proper investigations.

If you believe you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s as a result of paraquat exposure, it may be beneficial contact an attorney immediately. The attorney may guide you in filing a paraquat lawsuit to claim damages.