Every year, approximately 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the United States.
However, up to 30% of individuals with this condition initially receive a wrong diagnosis, which is why they need to seek a second and even a third opinion.
Exposure to paraquat increases the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by 250% in agricultural workers. Therefore, the family members of people who worked with paraquat need to keep a close eye on their health and encourage them to visit multiple specialists in order to receive a correct and accurate diagnosis.
Parkinson's disease is often mistaken for a condition known as essential tremor, whose symptoms are very similar to the disease.
There are 10 million people throughout the country who are currently living with essential tremor. This condition is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking.
While it can affect nearly any part of the body, it usually occurs in the hands, particularly when sufferers are trying to perform simple tasks such as drinking from a glass of water or tying their shoelaces.
People over the age of 40 are more likely to develop essential tremors, but the condition can occur at any age. Although it is not a dangerous disorder, it can cause great difficulty in the daily life of the sufferer and significantly lower their quality of life.
The most common symptoms of essential tremor, which are very similar to those of Parkinson's disease, include:
There are many people who associate essential tremors with Parkinson's disease, but the conditions are different. The following are the key aspects in which essential tremor and Parkinson's disease are different:
Because the symptoms of essential tremor and Parkinson's disease overlap, it may be very challenging to assign a correct diagnosis. For this reason, the family members of people with a history of paraquat exposure should encourage them to seek a second and even a third opinion from medical specialists.
Not only will the right diagnosis allow you to receive effective treatment for your condition, but it may also make you eligible for recovering compensation from the manufacturers of paraquat. To become eligible for filing a paraquat claim, you must have a Parkinson's disease diagnosis and a history of exposure to paraquat in occupational settings.
With over 35 years of experience in evaluating personal injury and product liability claims, the team of professionals at Atraxia Law is ready to help you determine whether you are eligible for compensation if you struggle with Parkinson's disease as a result of paraquat exposure.
We will thoroughly evaluate your case and promptly let you know if you can file a claim to recover the financial compensation you deserve.