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Quik-Quat - A Toxic Paraquat Product Sold in the U.S.

Posted on 28th February, 2022

by Legal Staff

Manufactured by Drexel Chemical Company, Quik-Quat is another harmful herbicide containing 43.2% paraquat dichloride, the toxic active ingredient. It is widely used as a defoliant and desiccant herbicide to control weeds and grasses and as a harvest aid.

Even one sip of Quik-Quat can be lethal, so this product contains emetic and odor agents in case of accidental ingestion.

Furthermore, due to its acute toxicity, it has been registered as a restricted-use chemical, only available to licensed applicators who follow the training provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Quik-Quat is approved for use in more than 100 different crops, including:

  • eggplant
  • cotton
  • walnuts
  • avocados
  • carrots
  • alfalfa
  • almonds
  • olives
  • blackberries
  • apples
  • garlic
  • bananas
  • lettuce
  • onions
  • artichokes
  • beans
  • cabbage
  • corn
  • sugarcane
  • pistachio

This chemical must be stored in the original container explicitly intended for pesticides and locked away from children and animals. It is also not allowed to apply Quik-Quat in residential or public recreational settings, as this paraquat product is designed only for agricultural use.

Quik-Quat Exposure and Parkinson's Disease

Agricultural workers under the supervision of a licensed applicator are forbidden to use paraquat products if they are not trained for this purpose. To reduce exposure to paraquat, people who are certified to use Quik-Quat must wear adequate protective equipment, such as:

  • coveralls, shoes, and socks
  • chemical resistant gloves and aprons
  • protective eyewear and face shields
  • a NIOSH-approved particulate filtering respirator

Nevertheless, despite all these preventive measures, people are still at high risk of Quik-Quat exposure and, regrettably, of developing Parkinson's disease. This neurodegenerative disorder knows no cure and can:

  • inflict tremors
  • cause imbalance or muscle stiffness
  • limit one's mobility and coordination
  • leave one bedridden

Farmworkers who come in direct contact with paraquat products are most at risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Additionally, paraquat exposure occurs among people living around farming areas since this harmful substance can drift from the application site and contaminate nearby communities.

Atraxia Law Can Help with Your Paraquat Exposure Claim

If you or your loved ones worked with or were around Quik-Quat for a long time, the risk of developing Parkinson's disease over the years is increased. For this reason, you should keep your health in check and consult more than one medical specialist for receiving an accurate Parkinson's diagnosis that may make you eligible for financial compensation from the liable manufacturers.

After thoroughly assessing your situation, the experts at Atraxia Law will collect the necessary evidence and establish whether you can file a paraquat claim. While the legal process can be quite demanding, it will require minimal involvement on your part. For additional information, do not hesitate to contact us right away, and we will promptly answer all your questions.