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Are paraquat and Roundup the same?

While both paraquat and glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup) are commercially available herbicides that have caused controversy, they are not the same substance.

The confusion is however understandable as both products are widely utilized weed killers in agricultural practices that have been associated with severe and debilitating medical conditions which impact the quality of life.

Paraquat has been linked with the early onset and development of Parkinson’s disease while glyphosate has been linked to cases of cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which affects the immune system.

While it is true that paraquat is the more dangerous of the two substances, being 28 times more toxic than glyphosate, both chemical compounds are used to eliminate unwanted vegetation. Knowing the implications of using either paraquat or glyphosate in inhabited areas, at times even being utilized together, such practices become increasingly problematic.

An important distinction between the two is the fact that claims filed with the manufacturers of Roundup have concluded with more than $11 billion being paid out to individuals that have suffered from cancer-like symptoms compatible with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, as a result of exposure to glyphosate. Similar claims are currently pending where paraquat exposure is concerned.

The fact that individuals are seeking reparatory compensation from manufacturers of both paraquat and glyphosate is encouraging. A diagnosis of either disease as a result of exposure to the respective harmful chemical is usually the first step towards achieving a modicum of relief for the pain and the struggle they are experiencing.

File a paraquat claim with the help of our team of experts

Ataxia Law has successfully represented the interests of its clients in claims of personal injury, toxic exposure, and product liabilities for the better part of the last 35 years, gaining valuable experience in the process.

We believe that no one should be subjected to illnesses and afflictions that they have not been properly notified about due to negligence on the part of the manufacturing companies.

Our team aims to make your involvement as minimal as possible since we have worked with a plethora of clients suffering from debilitating conditions and appreciate the emotional and physical hardships they have to endure.

Once we are provided with timely evidence of a diagnosis and demonstrable proof of exposure to toxic compounds, we will be able to fully evaluate your claim and let you know about its eligibility for financial compensation.

We’re here to help you in these trying times and understand that you may have questions or require further information. We invite you to reach out to us and let us know how we can best be of service.