Paraquat that is marketed in the United States, under many different brand names, today generally contains safety additives, which aim to prevent users from accidentally drinking or eating it.
For one, paraquat typically contains a blue dye to help applicators distinguish it from other liquids, including beverages.
Paraquat also typically contains an agent that causes a person to begin vomiting if they ingest the chemical, as well as a pungent odor that is meant to deter applicators from accidentally consuming it.
However, if paraquat does not contain these safeguards, a person could accidentally mistake it for a beverage and ingest it.
It’s against the law in the United States to transfer paraquat from its container into another container, such as a beverage cup.
Most people who are exposed to paraquat ingest it.
If you ingest even a small amount of paraquat, you should stop consuming the liquid and pursue prompt medical treatment.
However, you can be exposed to paraquat in other ways.
If you believe that you were exposed through skin contact with the substance, you should wash and scrub your body as thoroughly as possible and visit an emergency room or urgent care clinic to be treated.
Depending on how you were exposed, your medical care providers might treat you using activated charcoal or another substance to stop your body from continuing to absorb the herbicide.
They could also use nasogastric suction to essentially decontaminate your body by removing recently ingested paraquat.
You might receive fluids through an IV and medication to help you breathe and regulate your blood pressure.
While there is no known cure for paraquat poisoning, there are a wide variety of potential treatments.
Due to the serious nature of paraquat poisoning, it is vital to seek immediate medical attention if you are exposed to this hazardous chemical.
Toxic pesticides cause severe health consequences for this who are exposed and poisoned by them, and they may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.
TruLaw and their attorneys are investigating paraquat lawsuits today.
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