Paraquat Lawsuit: Parkinson’s Disease Caused by Paraquat Herbicide Exposure
Paraquat is a widely used herbicide that can be commonly found on farms and in rural areas across the country. It is also lethally toxic and has been linked by researchers and medical professionals to Parkinson’s disease, a deadly condition that affects the central nervous system.
The herbicide has been banned in many countries around the globe as a result of the hazards it poses. It remains widely legal and accessible in the U.S.; however, despite growing evidence that it can cause irreversible and fatal harm.
The Florida personal injury lawyers at Babiarz Law Firm, PA help men and women who have been injured by a wide range of harmful products hold manufacturers accountable and seek compensation for their injuries. We are accepting cases on behalf of agricultural workers, licensed herbicide applicators, farmland residents, neighbors of farmland; and others who have been exposed to Paraquat and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
About the Link Between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease
Paraquat is a herbicide, or weed killer, used to kill completely all manner of grass, weeds and plants when applied. It is regularly used on farms to wipe out all growth after a harvest and before a new planting.
The chemical is well-known to be toxic and long linked to Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative medical condition which ultimately proves fatal. The disease, known for having affected celebrities like boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox, causes increasing damage to the brain tissue and progressively limits people’s physical and cognitive ability.
Although some treatments have shown promising results in masking the effects of Parkinson’s disease, there is currently no cure.
Researchers have found several links between Paraquat and Parkinson’s disease. In one study, for example, researchers found that exposure to the herbicide induced a neurodegenerative process leading to Parkinson's disease. In another, people exposed to Paraquat were found to be twice as likely than others to develop Parkinson’s.
Yet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has continued to downplay the harm posed by the herbicide. The EPA recently limited who can purchase, mix; and apply Paraquat - - but the chemical remains widely available.
Meanwhile, Paraquat manufacturer Syngenta continues to sell the harmful product across the country; and farmers and agricultural companies continue to use it widely, putting workers and neighbors at risk. This decision is reckless, given the known risk posed by the chemical.
How Our Florida Paraquat Lawyers Can Help You
Anyone who has been injured by a harmful product in Florida and across the country has the right to seek compensation from the product’s manufacturer. A Florida Paraquat Lawyer at Babiarz Law Firm, PA can help you understand your rights and options.
Firm founder Tim Babiarz has been assisting people across Florida for more than two and a half decades. He is a skilled litigator and accomplished negotiator with a strong track record of success for clients.
Our office is conveniently located in The Villages. We are also proud to represent clients throughout Central Florida, including Ocala, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Wildwood, Summerfield; and beyond. Please call (352) 205-7599 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.