Paraquat Lawsuit Attorneys in Las Vegas: What You Need to Know
Edward M. Bernstein & Associates is representing people who have been injured by the herbicide Paraquat. Paraquat Dichloride (commonly referred to as Paraquat) is a weed-killing herbicide used in commercial farming to stop weeds and grass from growing around crops and produce. Due to its high toxicity, Paraquat use is banned in 32 countries, including the European Union and China. However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Paraquat is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States.
Paraquat Linked to Parkinson’s Disease
Paraquat exposure has been linked to an array of health issues since its creation in the 1960’s. One of the most devastating side effects of Paraquat exposure is the link between the herbicide’s exposure and Parkinson’s Disease. According to the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council, evidence strongly suggests that chronic exposure to Paraquat can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease by 200-600%.
The Risks of Paraquat Poisoning
Due to its toxicity, Paraquat is very dangerous and poses life-altering risks when someone is exposed to it or it is accidentally consumed.
Paraquat poisoning can occur if an individual:
- Consumes or inhales Paraquat (most common)
- Gets Paraquat on their skin
- Mixes, loads, or sprays Paraquat
- Comes into contact with plants that have been sprayed with Paraquat
Symptoms of Paraquat poisoning include:
- Acute Kidney failure
- Fast heart rate
- Injury to the heart
- Liver failure
- Lung scarring (evolves more quickly than when small to medium amounts of paraquat have been ingested)
- Muscle weakness
- Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)
- Respiratory failure, possibly leading to death
Paraquat Lawsuit Claims
A current Paraquat lawsuit filed in St. Clair County, IL was filed on behalf of farmers and agricultural workers who developed Parkinson’s Disease after being exposed to Paraquat. The original defendants named in the lawsuit are Syngenta and Growmark.
Plaintiffs in this Paraquat lawsuit claim that Syngent and Growmark manufactured Paraquat but distributed and sold it as Gramoxone or by other names dating back to 1964.
Plaintiffs also argue that they were unaware of the health risks that Paraquat exposure posed, including the development of Parkinson’s Disease.
Are You Eligible for a Paraquat Lawsuit Claim?
Paraquat lawsuit claims are now being filed on behalf of plaintiffs who were exposed to Paraquat and subsequently developed Parkinson’s Disease or suffered serious injuries due to Paraquat poisoning.
The makers of herbicides and chemicals have a responsibility to distribute safe products and provide adequate warnings about the risks that come with their product.
If a manufacturer fails to fulfill either of those duties, they could be legally responsible for injuries caused by their product.
People injured or killed by Paraquat may be eligible to financial compensation for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Funeral Expenses
How Can I File My Paraquat Lawsuit Claim?
If you or a loved one has been exposed to Paraquat and has gone on to develop Parkinson’s Disease or other serious health ailments, you may qualify to participate in a Paraquat Lawsuit.
Please call the lawyers at Edward M. Bernstein & Associates at (702) 203-7012 to set up a consultation and get the legal representation that you deserve. Our Las Vegas, Nevada law firm of experienced attorneys specializes in serious personal injury and unsafe drug cases and is standing by, ready to fight for the compensation that you may be entitled to.