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Writing changes due to paraquat exposure

One of the most unsettling aspects concerning Parkinson's is how often the disease can go undetected in its early stages. A common symptom that can be easy to miss until it becomes recurrent is an increasingly noticeable change in writing. More specifically, an alteration in the handwriting size represents an early indicator of Parkinson's disease.

Due to the changes occurring in the brain, people with Parkinson's disease have difficulty controlling movement, making fine motor skills such as writing extremely complicated.

Most patients with Parkinson's disease encounter handwriting abnormalities:

  • Micrographia - as one of the early symptoms when patients experience slowing of movement and muscle stiffness in the hands and fingers, it is the most commonly reported and easily detected handwriting deformity (abnormally small letter size or small handwriting).
  • Dysgraphia - the study of graphomotor impairment has revealed that patients with Parkinson's may have abnormalities in fluency, velocity, and acceleration in addition to micrographia.

One of the most common causes of a change in handwriting is Parkinson's. If you notice irregularities in your penmanship, it could be an early sign of the disease.

Writing changes and paraquat exposure

Paraquat is sold throughout the U.S. under different brand names. The multitude of products containing this dangerous substance can cause long-term health effects, one of the most debilitating being Parkinson's disease. Health hazards are intensified by the manufacturers' failure to provide proper warnings, despite their knowledge about the link between paraquat and Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's disease is an incurable brain disorder affecting movement and communication. It is caused by the loss of dopamine-producing neurons and may result from prolonged exposure to paraquat. This toxic herbicide can lead to fatal poisoning; therefore, only licensed applicators can employ it. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, specialized training is required to mix, load, and apply the chemical.

Nevertheless, health risks are not eliminated even with all the necessary preparation and protective gear. Small particles enter the body, building up and contributing to the development of Parkinson's disease. People diagnosed with this condition are typically exposed by:

  • working directly with the weed killer
  • living close to farming areas where paraquat is used

Since Parkinson's is a progressive disorder, symptoms worsen over time. Thus, it is of utmost importance to consult a medical professional to receive an accurate diagnosis.

File a paraquat exposure claim with the help of Atraxia Law

If you or your loved ones have been exposed to paraquat, you may be eligible to file a claim against the liable manufacturers and further receive compensation to help cover expenses incurred as a result of your exposure.

Atraxia Law is highly experienced in helping clients receive the reparations they deserve for the suffering they have gone through. You will find out with certainty whether you are eligible to file a paraquat claim, and we will guide you to a lawyer whose primary area of practice is toxic exposure.

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