Popular Pesticide Paraquat is Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

One of the most commonly used pesticides on farms and fields in the U.S. is called paraquat, and in recent years, it has become more and more clear that exposure to it is linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease and related symptoms.

This connection is clear enough for the European Union and China to ban its sale, but it’s still available and widely used in the U.S. Countless farm and field workers face serious harm from exposure to this chemical, and its manufacturer continues to profit from it.

Legislators in the U.S. have attempted to ban its sale in the country, but their efforts haven’t been successful yet. In fact, its usage has more than doubled during the past decade. People who are exposed to paraquat may develop many health problems in addition to Parkinson’s disease, including:

  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Corticobasal Syndrome
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Essential Tremor

The symptoms of both Parkinson’s disease and other conditions that are linked to paraquat exposure are debilitating and disabling. Victims may be unable to work for the rest of their lives, and they may require intensive medical care and treatments. The combination of these factors, not to mention their immense pain and suffering, are often too much for victims and their families to bear.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our defective product lawyers are working to hold paraquat’s manufacturer accountable. Contact us for a free consultation if you or someone you love developed health problems are exposure to his popular but dangerous pesticide.