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Paraquat Is Also Known in the U.S. as Helmquat 3SL

Posted on 15th February, 2022

by Legal Staff

Manufactured by Helm Agro, Helmquat 3SL is another brand name under which paraquat is sold in the U.S.

A highly toxic herbicide with a concentration of 43.8% paraquat dichloride, Helmquat 3SL can only be used by licensed applicators who undergo training provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Helmquat 3SL is a broad-spectrum, burndown herbicide, approved for use as a defoliant and desiccant for more than 100 different crops, including:

  • alfalfa
  • berries
  • vegetables
  • cotton
  • corn
  • beans
  • peanuts
  • potatoes
  • rice
  • strawberries
  • sunflowers
  • wheat

Agricultural workers who are qualified to mix, load, and apply paraquat products must wear protective equipment, such as:

  • chemical resistant gloves
  • eye and face shields
  • coveralls
  • chemical resistant shoes and socks
  • chemical resistant aprons
  • a NIOSH-approved particulate filtering respirator
  • long pants and long-sleeve shirts

Clothing and other absorbent materials that have been contaminated must be discarded.

Helmquat 3SL Exposure and Parkinson's Disease

While wearing appropriate protective equipment can reduce the risk of exposure, people who worked with or were in prolonged contact with Helmquat 3SL are at high risk of developing life-threatening health conditions over the years, including Parkinson's disease - a neurodegenerative brain disorder with symptoms that may include:

  • impaired balance and coordination
  • stiffness of the trunk or limbs
  • a tremor in the hand, leg, jaw, or head
  • slowness of movement

Due to the dangers of this chemical that can prove fatal from even a single sip, not even people working under the supervision of certified applicators can use it. Furthermore, its use is also forbidden near gardens, parks, schools, or playgrounds. Helmquat 3SL must be stored in a locked area, especially away from children's reach; it is highly toxic, and inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact must be avoided.

File a Paraquat Exposure Claim with the Help of Atraxia Law

People who present Parkinson's disease symptoms should consult a medical specialist and receive an accurate diagnosis that will help them get the necessary treatment and make them eligible for financial compensation from the liable manufacturer of Helmquat 3SL.

To ensure eligibility for filing a paraquat claim, you must have been around or used paraquat products such as Helmquat 3SL and have a Parkinson's disease diagnosis. The team of experts at Atraxia Law can help evaluate your case and advise you on your next steps in filing a paraquat claim. Please feel free to contact us for a free case evaluation, and we will promptly answer all your questions.