Even though paraquat is one of the most widely used herbicides in the US for more than 60 years its toxic composition presents significant risks to those that are exposed to it.
While licensed operators face the most significant concerns, individuals with no connection to the compound’s intended use are likewise faced with potential health hazards due to indirect exposure to paraquat.
Even with the EPA imposing a set of measures aimed at mitigating the harmful effects of paraquat use, multiple researchers have linked indirect paraquat exposure within communities in agricultural areas with an elevated risk of developing debilitating neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease.
Because of its highly toxic potency, there are no safe limits of paraquat exposure, as even minimal amounts can prove detrimental by severely impacting the function of lungs, kidneys, and the liver once it has been absorbed via skin contact, ingestion or inhalation.
Moreover, a study conducted by the American Journal of Epidemiology uncovered that exposure to paraquat at a distance of 1,600 feet was correlated with a 75% increase in the risk of developing Parkinson’s. If you experience symptoms related to Parkinson's you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you live in areas surrounding farming communities where paraquat is employed and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s you should know that this could entitle you to financial compensation from the companies that manufacture products containing this dangerous substance.
Atraxia Law’s team of experts specializing in personal injury, product liability, and toxic exposure claims have been successfully achieving the results that our clients expect for more than 35 years.
By providing Atraxia Law with undeniable proof of paraquat exposure and a subsequent Parkinson’s diagnosis we will be able to evaluate your circumstances and let you know if your claim qualifies for legal compensation.