Paraquat Weed Killer Found to Be Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found evidence linking exposure to paraquat dichloride, an herbicide colloquially known as “paraquat,” to the development of Parkinson’s disease later in life, per a 2016 regulatory filing. Now, agricultural workers who have been exposed to this toxic chemical may have the right to file lawsuits against paraquat manufacturers for financial compensation.

As reported by the National Law Review, many countries have effectively banned paraquat due to its high level of toxicity. While this toxicity was previously only known in relation to its use in suicides -- one sip has proven lethal time and again, per reports from The New York Times -- several journals have recently published peer-reviewed studies showing a link between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease. The American Journal of Epidemiology, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) are among the reputable sources that have published such findings.

Despite this research, paraquat remains legal to use in the United States -- even as the same research has compelled dozens of countries around the world to ban this herbicide. What’s worse, the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project reported that its use in the U.S. only doubled between 2006 and 2016.

Have You Been Exposed to Paraquat?

If you have developed Parkinson’s disease, or symptoms, due to paraquat exposure, you likely have grounds to file suit against the paraquat manufacturers who harmed you including:

  • Syngenta Group;
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LLC;
  • Drexel Chemical Company;
  • Adama;
  • Altitude Crop Innovations, LLC;
  • UPL Limited (formerly United Phosphorus Limited);
  • HELM Agro US, Inc.;
  • And more.

According to the National Law Review, the first of these lawsuits was filed in October 2017 in Illinois. Our legal team at Wilson Law, P.A. is proud to announce that we are accepting cases in North Carolina and will file paraquat lawsuits for residents suffering catastrophic injury due to toxic exposure. There are several different herbicides throughout the nation that contain paraquat, the most common of which is Syngenta’s Gramoxone SL 2.0 Herbicide. Para-SHOT, Helmquat, and Devour are other common weed killers in which paraquat is an active ingredient.

To learn more, please visit our paraquat litigation page here.

About Wilson Law, P.A.

Our Raleigh, North Carolina based law firm was founded in 2012 by Attorney Kimberly Wilson White. Since then, we have recovered over $32 million in compensation for injured plaintiffs in personal injury cases, pursuing them in both state and federal courts. Recognized by Super Lawyers®, the American Association for Justice, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, among others, our qualified legal team takes an aggressive approach to advocating for our clients’ rights. We have never backed down to corporate negligence, no matter how big the company causing the harm.

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