If you cannot recall having used one of the paraquat products listed above, think about the following:
If you have had exposure to a fluid with a distinctive blue tint, it may have been a paraquat product. In the U.S., paraquat-containing products are tinted blue in order to avoid confusion with beverages such as coffee or juice.
If any of the herbicides you have encountered have had a distinctive, unpleasant, pungent smell, you may have been exposed to paraquat.
Because paraquat is a “restricted use” chemical, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires applicators to undergo special training and to obtain a license in order to use it. If you have worked for a farm that seemed to have an overly relaxed approach to government regulations, it is possible that paraquat may have been in use in ways that increased the potential for harmful exposure.
Thus, there are potentially thousands of people who are at risk of acquiring the potential long-term consequences associated with paraquat, including Parkinson’s disease.
Those most affected by paraquat exposure may be agricultural workers who have handled the substance directly.
However, it is possible that you have had exposure to the chemical even if you have never worked or lived on a farm.
This is because people who live and work in areas near farms that use paraquat may encounter it due to runoff, drift, or “crop duster” overspray.
You may be at a particularly high risk of exposure if you fall into any of the following categories:
Herbicide applicators (including both handheld and tractor)
Owners and workers of farms adjacent to those using paraquat
Property owners living near farms using paraquat
Because of the herbicide’s purported links with Parkinson’s disease, people who are members of the above populations are among those involved in the hundreds of lawsuits in ongoing Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against companies who manufacture products containing paraquat.
As of April 2022, there are currently 982 paraquat lawsuits in the MDL class action.
If you believe you or a loved one was exposed to toxic pesticides including any of the brands listed above, you 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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