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The companies that make and sell paraquat have always known about its high toxicity. All paraquat sold in the U.S. is colored with a blue dye, has been given a sharp odor to prevent accidental ingestion, and has been formulated to induce vomiting among anyone who drinks it. Additionally, paraquat is restricted to commercial use, and agricultural workers must receive a permit before they are allowed to apply it. These measures show the companies that sell paraquat-based products are aware of how dangerous the chemical is. It’s reasonable to expect such a toxic substance might cause harm even when not ingested.
Regardless, multiple companies decided it was worth it to sell this product, and millions of pounds of it are used in the U.S. each year. Independent studies of individuals exposed to the chemical show it may increase the risk of Parkinson’s, especially among those who are already genetically predisposed to the disease. In 2011, a study of farmers and their spouses found working with paraquat made someone 2.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s.
Paraquat Use and Exposure
Unfortunately for farm workers and those who live in agricultural areas, paraquat is used on more than 100 crops, including:
- Citrus fruits
- Fruit trees/orchards
The chemical is not just a weedkiller: It is also used to desiccate cotton and seed crops before harvest; employed during pasture renovation; and applied as a harvest aid. Therefore, if you or a loved one worked on agricultural land, you may have been exposed—even without knowing it.
Paraquat is sold under 70+ names, the most common of which are:
- Cyclone SL 2.0
- Para-Shot 3.0
Thankfully, paraquat does not contaminate our produce or water supply, but anyone who lives near land it is used on might be exposed to airborne particles. Paraquat is often used:
- On farms
- Around roads
- At rail yards and along railroad tracks
If you or a loved one developed Parkinson’s disease and believe you may have been exposed to paraquat, either through your work or because of where you lived, it’s worth looking into your eligibility to file a lawsuit. You could be able to recover compensation to help with medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, and other damages.
You Need a Science-Literate Legal Team
When it comes to fighting cases like yours, your lawyer’s technical understanding matters not only to building the strongest argument possible but also to presenting your claims to a judge and jury. Houssiere Durant & Houssiere, LLP was founded by a former NASA scientist whose years studying the health effects of going to space made him literate in complex and technical scientific matters. The big corporations that make these herbicides have plenty of resources to prepare their lawyers and bring in subject matter experts to fight back against you. You need someone on your side who can fully understand the content of their arguments and respond accurately and effectively.
While any law firm can bring in an expert to testify on your behalf—and our team may choose to as well, if we believe it will support your case—there’s no replacement for having a lawyer who fully understands the matters at play. Most law firms simply can’t offer this level of scientific knowledge and experience. We can.
Are You Ready to Start Your Claim?
We understand how life-shattering a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be. Especially if yours was recent, the grief, fear, and other emotions can weigh heavily on you and your loved ones. If you are in this situation, our team does not want to push you to do anything that makes you uncomfortable. However, we want you to know that we are behind you 100% when you decide it’s time to appeal for justice.
When you work with Houssiere Durant & Houssiere, LLP, you’ll have a team that truly cares about your wellbeing. We get to know our clients and their families personally. Knowing your needs and wants helps us determine the best legal strategy for you. Once we’ve made a plan, our team can execute for you, allowing you to spend your precious time with your loved ones rather than handling the minutiae of a lawsuit. While we are open about our process and progress, our lawyers are comfortable handling pieces big and small for you.
We intend to keep bringing paraquat claims until this dangerous herbicide has been banned from the U.S. as it has from other countries. If you want to make your voice heard as we advocate against paraquat, please reach out to us today.
Our skilled and caring Houston lawyers are here to talk to you. Call us now at (800) 914-2894 for your free consultation if you believe your Parkinson’s diagnosis is linked to paraquat exposure.
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