With our exponentially growing population, we have had to come up with unique solutions to keep our crops healthy and free of pests. Without pest and weed control methods, we might experience famine or have significantly less food than is needed to feed everyone.
Unfortunately, some of the pest and weed control methods currently in use, such as the herbicide Paraquat, have terrible side effects and they should be taken out of circulation immediately. Paraquat has been found to cause Parkinson’s disease in those who are exposed to it, but it is still widely used throughout the United States today. If you’ve been exposed to Paraquat, contact an experienced Paraquat lawyer today to see if you qualify for compensation.
What is Paraquat?
Paraquat is an herbicide that contains a dangerous chemical compound known as MPTP (Methyl-Phenyl-Tetrahydropyridine). MPTP has been found to cause symptoms similar to those found in patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
Where is Paraquat Used?
The herbicide is widely used in agriculture and groundskeeping, as it is effective in killing weeds. Laborers in these facilities who work directly with this chemical and families who live nearby farms and agricultural areas are at high risk of exposure.
How Does Paraquat Get into Your System?
Paraquat can enter the body via a number of routes including:
- Through the respiratory system.
- Through skin contact.
- Through the digestive system.
Any one of these methods of exposure may result in Parkinson’s Disease symptoms.
Why Isn’t Paraquat Banned?
At this time, Paraquat is categorized as a “restricted use” chemical, which means that all of those who use the substance and are likely to come in close contact with it are required to participate in an intensive EPA training program.
While it’s good that there are strict regulations on the herbicide, there are still ways that others can be exposed without their knowledge:
- Pesticide Drift: Whenever Paraquat is applied outdoors, it can be carried to nearby homes, farms, and businesses by wind and can affect individuals living or working in these areas.
- Overspray: Insufficient training or lack of attention to detail can result in “Overspray”. This is a phenomenon that occurs when too much of the chemical is sprayed, resulting in potentially toxic levels of the substance being found in the areas surrounding the intended application region.
I Think I Have Been Exposed to Paraquat, What Should I Do?
If you have lived or worked near an area that uses the herbicide Paraquat and have developed symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, you may be entitled to benefits.
The first step you should take is being seen by a physician to manage any symptoms you are experiencing and to get a diagnosis. Your health is the first priority.
Once you’ve been evaluated by a doctor, you should contact an experienced Paraquat lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options. Paraquat lawsuits can be tricky, and it’s best to have a qualified attorney on your side who will help you navigate the process and receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled.