Posted on 15th March, 2021
by Legal Staff
For the last 60 years, paraquat has been widely used throughout the United States mainly because it successfully destroys weeds and grasses that are resistant to glyphosate.
The latter is a toxic herbicide sold under the brand name Roundup in the country.
However, paraquat is highly toxic and exposure to it can lead to the development of Parkinson's disease.
There are numerous companies in the United States that manufacture paraquat under various brand names, the most renowned being the following:
Similarly, there are many brand names under which the herbicide is sold throughout the country, the majority of which contain nearly 44% of paraquat. Thereby, these products are very dangerous and must be kept away from children, as the risk of poisoning is very high and even a single sip of paraquat can be fatal, especially in young people. The following are the most popular brand names of paraquat in the United States
It is worthy of note that people who intend to use paraquat are required to undergo special training provided by the Environmental Protection Agency in order to become licensed applicators of this herbicide. This law came into effect in 2017, after the agency thoroughly assessed the dangers of exposure to paraquat.
During the training, those who want to employ paraquat, most of whom are agricultural workers, will learn about the toxicity of paraquat, the new label requirements, restrictions, and the consequences of misuse. While in the past people could use paraquat under the supervision of a certified applicator it's no longer legal.
Paraquat exposure has a strong causal relation to Parkinson's disease. In fact, those who use this herbicide on a regular basis have a 250% higher chance of developing this disease. If you developed this brain disorder as a result of paraquat exposure, you are eligible for compensation from the liable manufacturers. The team of professionals at Atraxia Law will help you determine whether you or a family member with a history of paraquat exposure qualifies for filing a toxic exposure claim.
If by any chance you are struggling with Parkinson's disease as a consequence of paraquat exposure, we strongly encourage you to contact our team of professionals. We will carefully evaluate your situation and subsequently, let you know whether you are eligible for filing a toxic exposure claim.
With over 35 years of experience in evaluating personal injury and product liability claims, our experts will thoroughly assess your circumstances of exposure to paraquat, as well as the severity of your diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
Although the process is quite complex, it will require minimal involvement on your part and you can ask a family member to help you navigate it. We are aware that people with this brain disorder often have a difficult time explaining their situation.
Eventually, you will know with certainty whether you qualify for filing a paraquat claim. If you are eligible, we will guide you to a specialized attorney to recover the compensation you are entitled to from the responsible manufacturers. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us and we will promptly answer your questions.