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Who Risks Developing Parkinson's Disease From Paraquat Exposure?

Posted on 15th March, 2021

by Legal Staff

Paraquat has been used throughout the United States for the last 60 years for destroying weeds and grasses that are resistant to glyphosate, a toxic herbicide sold under the brand name of Roundup.

In recent years, the annual employment of paraquat has skyrocketed, increasing from 3 million kilograms in 2011 to 7 million kilograms in 2017.

People who have been regularly exposed to paraquat may struggle with Parkinson's.

The prevalence of this nervous system disorder has also increased within recent years by 107%. This may be linked to the increasing paraquat employment rate in certain states. However, there are some categories of individuals who are more likely to be exposed to paraquat:

  • farmers
  • farmworkers
  • chemical mixers
  • tank fillers
  • herbicide applicators
  • people living in nearby farming communities

Californians are also at high risk of developing Parkinson's disease as a consequence of paraquat exposure. Furthermore, the Californian state uses the largest amount of paraquat at the moment, namely 10,262,736 kilograms.

The next 3 states with high paraquat employment rates are Texas, North Carolina, and Illinois. While people who live in these states should take great health precautions, for agricultural workers who use paraquat on a regular basis, the risk of developing this condition is 250% higher than that of the general population.

File a Paraquat Claim with the Help of Atraxia Law

The team of professionals at Atraxia Law has over 35 years of experience in evaluating personal injury and product liability claims and, if you developed Parkinson's disease as a result of paraquat exposure, we will thoroughly assess your situation to determine whether you are eligible for filing a toxic exposure claim.

While the process is complex and demanding, it will require minimal involvement on your part and, if you are the injured person, a family member can help you. We are aware that people who struggle with this nervous system disorder often have a difficult time clearly explaining their situation.

Our experts will carefully evaluate your exposure circumstances, as well as the severity of your diagnosis, and you will eventually know with certainty whether you qualify for filing a paraquat claim.

If you are eligible, we will guide you to a lawyer whose main area of practice is toxic exposure so that you can recover the financial compensation you are entitled to from the liable manufacturers. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us and we will promptly answer your questions.