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The Dangers Of The Herbicide Paraquat

Agricultural workers throughout the U.S. are filing lawsuits against the manufacturer of the toxic weed killer paraquat for its link to neurological damage. The company first introduced it in the U.S. in 1964, and farmers use it on over 100 types of crops. As officials have learned more about its dangers, they have placed restrictions on its use but have not banned it in the U.S.

If you are a farmer or an agricultural worker who has worked with paraquat or suffered exposure to it and has developed neurological symptoms, you should speak with one of the experienced product liability attorneys at The Mahoney Law Firm, P.C.. We have over 40 years of experience fighting for the legal rights of victims injured by defective products. We work with clients throughout Colorado and Wyoming from our offices in Denver and Cheyenne.

Where Is Paraquat Found?

Paraquat is still a popular herbicide used worldwide despite being banned in over 30 countries. Syngenta Group manufactures the product under several trade names, including:

  • Quik-Quat
  • Firestorm
  • Helmquat
  • Gramoxone
  • Para-Shot
  • Parazone
  • Ortho-Paraquat

In the U.S., only licensed applicators can use paraquat. These people are at the highest risk for toxic exposure leading to health risks.

The Link To Neurological Problems

The main health complaints by those exposed to paraquat tend toward neurological symptoms. In fact, studies have made a connection between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease, which is a progressive neurological disorder. It can impair motor skills and mental skills, including:

  • Hand tremors and stiffness
  • Balance problems and the inability to walk
  • Slurred speech or difficulty speaking
  • Dementia
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Incontinence

There are treatments for the disease, but no known cure. In some cases, studies have linked paraquat use to neurological symptoms similar to Parkinson’s but have not labeled it as such. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or experienced any of these symptoms, you may have a claim for legal damages. These damages may include economic damages, such as medical treatment and lost wages, and noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering.

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