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Paraquat Litigation Attorneys in Texas

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texas ranks first in the nation for the total number of farms with just over 248,000, which account for more than 127 million acres of agricultural land.

Texas food and agriculture supports an estimated 3.7 million jobs throughout the state.

Many farms and agricultural land in Texas rely on the use of a widely used herbicide — Paraquat dichloride — that is designed to kill the unwanted plant and weed growth on farms and ranches, and in orchards, fields, and other commercial properties throughout the state.

Paraquat cannot be purchased or used by the public or applied for non-commercial use. The highly toxic chemical is only available for use by licensed commercial applicators who are trained to apply the substance according to EPA regulations.

Because of its widespread use, agricultural workers have filed both individual and class action lawsuits against Syngenta — the maker of Paraquat — for failing to warn even licensed users of the product’s connection to the risk of certain illnesses and serious health problems, including Parkinson’s disease.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with injuries, illnesses, or Parkinson’s Disease, contact our Texas Paraquat litigation attorneys with Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys today to discuss your case.

We pursue dedicated, driven results for our clients, and there is never a charge to talk to an attorney. We stand ready to help you. Call (512) 883-0277 today. 

What Herbicide Products Contain Paraquat?

In the United States, there are dozens of commercial herbicide brands that contain Paraquat.

One of the most popular brands is Gramoxone, but the toxic compound is also used in Diquat and Simazine, among others.

If you or someone you love has used or been exposed to any herbicide containing Paraquat and has suffered adverse health effects, including being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, contact Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys today.

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What Types of Injuries, Illnesses, and Health Problems are Being Reported from Paraquat Exposure?

The Environmental Protection Agency reevaluates each registered pesticide used in the United States on a 15-year cycle.

Since Paraquat’s initial registration for use, the EPA has reviewed and reassessed its safety and uses and determined that Paraquat is toxic to the human body.

Extreme Paraquat toxicity has been documented among agricultural workers by medical professionals throughout the United States through a mechanism called oxidative stress, which affects the affected person’s motors skills.

In some cases, Paraquat might even damage internal organs through inhalation or skin exposure.

When Paraquat users absorb or ingest the product during use, the long-term medical conditions can include:

  • Kidney failure
  • Heart failure
  • Scarring of the esophagus, impacting the ability to eat, drink, or swallow
  • Development of Parkinson’s disease

Studies have shown that Paraquat exposure destroys the neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine, which can lead to Parkinson’s disease.

Currently, there is no treatment or cure for Paraquat poisoning once it enters the body.

If you or someone you love were exposed to Paraquat and subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, our skilled personal injury lawyers in Austin, Texas can help provide the legal representation you need to pursue the manufacturer for the financial recovery you are entitled to for the damages you have suffered.

Is Paraquat Only Available in the United States?

Despite significant medical research studies that have directly connected Paraquat to severe health risks, including Parkinson’s Disease, it is widely available to licensed agricultural operators throughout the U.S.

Since its introduction, Paraquat use has more than doubled from its initial sales of just under five million pounds per year nationwide, according to the National Water-Quality Assessment Project

China and at least 32 other countries across the globe have banned Paraquat use, including developing countries that are concerned with the highly toxic chemical being used in suicides, proving once more that ingesting even a small amount can be fatal.

While companies like Syngenta continue to place profits over safety, increasing numbers of agricultural workers and others who are exposed to Paraquat are paying the price with failing health and even their lives.

How Do I Know If I Have Been Exposed to Paraquat?

Because Paraquat is widely available to licensed applicators throughout the U.S., many people — including those who work on farms, ranches, and in other agricultural environments — may not know they have been exposed to the toxic chemical.

Because of Paraquat’s inherent dangers, the liquid compound contains a blue dye to help lessen the chances of it being ingested by accident.

To further prove its dangers, the mixture now contains an additive to induce vomiting if ingested.

Yet the product continues to be sold throughout the United States, including Texas.

Numerous people have died or suffered serious poisoning injuries after accidental exposure to the weed killer, including its absorption through the skin or ingestion by mouth.

If you or someone you love has been exposed to Paraquat and suffered serious health problems, including Parkinson’s Disease, contact our skilled personal injury lawyers in Texas today.

We can help you determine your eligibility to pursue the manufacturer for your full financial recovery.

What Type of Financial Recovery Can I Pursue From Paraquat Exposure?

If you or a loved one has been exposed to Paraquat and are exhibiting health problems, including symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, which may include rigid or stiffened muscles, tremors or shaking, impaired balance and posture, or slowing motor skills, you may be eligible to pursue the manufacturer for financial recovery.

The damages you may be entitled to will be dictated by your unique case, but may include compensation for:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity for the future
  • Physical pain and mental and emotional suffering

Contact Our Skilled Paraquat Litigation Attorneys in Austin at Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys Today

Call our skilled Austin Paraquat litigation lawyers at Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys at (512) 883-0277 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.

We pursue dedicated, driven results for our clients, and there is never a charge to talk to an attorney. We stand ready to help you. Call (512) 883-0277 today.

 

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