If you live or work in an agricultural farming community, the herbicide paraquat may be used to control invasive weeds and grasses. Paraquat is currently widely used in the United States for industrial applications on farms producing crops such as corn, cotton, and citrus, to name a few.
Research continues to provide mounting evidence that there is a connection between exposure to paraquat and the development of Parkinson’s disease. The farmers and agricultural workers most frequently exposed to this chemical have been proven to be at an increased risk of developing this degenerative neurological disease and other side effects.
If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you may have legal grounds to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of this herbicide to seek financial compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages. Zanes Law Injury Lawyers can help with your Parkinson’s disease herbicide exposure lawsuit.
Paraquat is most commonly marketed in the United States under the brand name Gramoxone. However, numerous companies produce it under various brand names. This is an herbicide that is generally used to control weed growth, especially in farming and agricultural settings.
The scientific community has established a link between this chemical and the development of Parkinson’s disease. The Agricultural Health Study is a major source of these findings and has worked in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies.
Though this product has been banned in 32 countries, including most of the European Union and China, the EPA has yet to cancel the registration of this chemical.
In fact, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation, this herbicide is commonly used in conjunction with rotenone in laboratory animals to induce Parkinson’s disease for scientific study and research purposes.
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This update will provide more information about the progression of paraquat litigation and speculative information about settlement or compensation payouts based on the unfolding legal events surrounding this issue.
Those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease due to paraquat exposure may be seeing more information about the potential compensation they can receive. While the payout amounts will fluctuate, we will revise the page and offer our speculation on the projected payouts with the information we have as it comes available.
The paraquat lawsuit is still in its early stages and is expected to grow rapidly as hundreds and thousands of additional cases get filed.
There has been a steady flow of plaintiffs to the multidistrict litigation each month for the past year. Averaging 130 new claims every month, the total pending cases number 1,292. The major question is whether or not Syngenta and Chevron will risk a jury trial or offer settlements.
A limited extension of the original discovery deadlines has been provided for the bellwether trials. Fact discovery and medical exams must be concluded by July 25, 2022.
1,150 Parkinson’s disease herbicide exposure lawsuits have been consolidated to go before a federal judge in Illinois.
The paraquat MDL judge has designated six cases to be heard in bellwether trials for the Parkinson’s disease paraquat exposure lawsuits. Eventually, 16 samples cases out of the 1000 suits already filed should be heard in order to speed the legal process along. November 2022 should see the first of these proceedings.
The multidistrict litigation class action now includes 982 lawsuits with the entirety of the plaintiffs alleging that paraquat exposure resulted in their Parkinson’s diagnoses.
The Hon. Nancy Rosenstengel is the MDL judge involved in the paraquat/Parkinson’s disease lawsuits. The conference to review the status of the class action was held on April 1, 2022. Since that date, 44 more lawsuits have been added.
As 75 paraquat cases proceed in state courts, 688 claims have been filed in the class action.
Twelve lawsuits have been filed in federal court in Illinois naming Chevron and Syngenta as defendants. All cases cite that the plaintiffs’ paraquat exposure led to the onset of Parkinson’s.
The attorneys of Zanes Law are currently investigating Parkinson’s paraquat exposure claims. If you used a paraquat-containing herbicide such as Gramoxone or Parazone and later developed Parkinson’s, you could have a valid legal claim and be eligible to pursue compensation for your damages.
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Anyone who was exposed to the herbicides containing paraquat could be at risk, but the elevated risk population includes those who had the most frequent exposure.
Those with an elevated risk for developing herbicide-related Parkinson’s disease include:
Others who may have been inadvertently exposed to these herbicides could be unaware that they were exposed at all. Children attending schools or people employed in other businesses near farms in the area could be affected by a contaminated water supply due to herbicide runoff.
If you resided or worked in an agricultural or rural community and developed Parkinson’s, you can learn more about Parkinson’s disease paraquat exposure lawsuits by calling a personal injury lawyer. Our firm will provide a free consultation and will be happy to answer your questions.
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As the number of Parkinson’s disease herbicide exposure lawsuits grows, case verdicts and settlements will begin to set precedents. The legal proceedings in such cases can take years to process, so it is wise to contact an attorney as soon as possible to find out your options.
At Zanes Law, our personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of securing substantial compensation for people harmed by the negligence of others in defective product claims. Our attorneys can review your claim with no obligation and no cost to you. Contact us to learn more about how to protect your rights today.
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