First produced in 1961, Paraquat herbicide quickly became one of the most widely used herbicides in the world. Due to its toxicity, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified Paraquat as a “restricted use” product – it may only be administered by people who are licensed applicators. Dangerous exposure to this herbicide can occur through respiration, skin contact, and ingestion. Even if a licensed applicator applies it, though, people within the surrounding area could be at risk of poisoning. However, poisoning isn’t the only danger with this herbicide. Studies also show Paraquat causes Parkinson’s disease after prolonged exposure. McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, seeks to hold manufacturers responsible for causing such strife for people affected by their product.
History of Paraquat
Paraquat was first created in 1882, but it didn’t reach the herbicidal market until 1962. The manufacturers originally sold it under the brand name Gramoxone, but numerous herbicides on the market today include Paraquat. Paraquat gained popularity due to its ability to kill grasses and weeds indiscriminately. This herbicide is extremely fast-acting and effective, making it an ideal choice for no-till farming. However, several countries have banned it for its toxicity.
In 2007, the European Union officially banned Paraquat use after a long appeal case led by Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and Finland in which they argued the courts couldn’t deny its links to Parkinson’s disease. Although many other countries have also banned the herbicide, the United States still allows its use by licensed applicators.
Parkinson’s Disease Caused by Paraquat
There are several studies that have concluded there is a link between prolonged Paraquat exposure and the development of Parkinson’s disease. According to Drugwatch, one study found that Paraquat use increased the risk of Parkinson’s disease by six times. Even the Agricultural Health Study found a link between the herbicide and disease. However, Syngenta, the company that manufactures Paraquat, claims these studies are incorrect and that lawsuits brought against them hold no merit. Some lawsuits even claim Syngenta knew of these effects and purposefully covered it up.
Parkinson’s disease has no cure and requires constant management for the rest of a patient’s life. Victims of this company’s dangerous product deserve to receive compensation for their extensive medical bills, pain, and suffering.
Holding Companies Accountable for Dangerous Products
The Product Liability attorneys at McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, have made it their life’s work to hold negligent corporations accountable for their faulty or dangerous products. Consumers deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing the products they use every day are perfectly safe for use by themselves and their families. Our team has reclaimed millions for wronged customers.
If you are a farmer, farmhand, licensed applicator, or resident who lives near a no-till farm that uses Paraquat, contact us or call (909) 345-8110 today to schedule your free consultation.