Recent studies have linked exposure to the popular industrial weed killer Paraquat to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease in some people. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and believe the cause may have been prolonged exposure to paraquat, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
What is Paraquat Weed Killer?
Paraquat is a commercial grade herbicide, meaning a chemical used in industrial work, mostly farming, to keep weeds and other kinds of plants under control.
Who is at Risk of Paraquat Exposure?
Because paraquat is mainly used in industrial farming, the people most at risk are farmers, agricultural laborers, and people who live near industrial farms.
However, there is a chance that paraquat was used in the railroad industry to keep tracks clear of weeds. In that case, railroad maintenance workers would also be a group most at risk for developing Parkinson’s Disease.
The bottom line is that if you have good reason to believe you or a loved one has been exposed to paraquat and have since developed Parkinson’s (or are experiencing Parkinson’s-like symptoms), it may be in your best interest to consult with an attorney to see if you can pursue a claim.
What are the Symptoms of Paraquat Exposure?
According to the CDC, if you are exposed to paraquat through ingestion or inhalation, or even skin contact, the long-term symptoms can include:
- Lung damage
- Kidney failure
- Heart failure
- Esophageal scarring
In addition to those health problems, multiple studies have shown evidence that long-term exposure to paraquat can lead to the genetic mutations that cause Parkinson’s.
Contact Our Seattle Paraquat Lawyers
Attorney Chris Davis has handled personal injury cases due to toxic chemical exposure for over twenty years. If you or someone you know was exposed to paraquat and has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or a similar illness, contact the team of experienced Washington personal injury lawyers at Davis Law Group for a free case evaluation. They will be able to determine whether a claim can be made to recover financial compensation to help you or your loved one pay for treatment.
You can contact our office by calling 206-727-4000 or using the chat or contact form on this page to schedule your free consultation.