Paraquat is considered a highly toxic chemical by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Though its use is limited in the United States by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to licensed applicators, paraquat is still one of the most widely used herbicides for weed and grass control around the world.
In the US, farmers, agricultural laborers, and those who live near industrial farms are most at risk of exposure.
The extent of the poisoning depends on the amount of the toxic chemical you’re exposed to, the duration of the exposure, and your health condition at the time of the exposure.
Many manufacturers of herbicides containing paraquat have failed to provide proper warnings of the serious risks associated with using their products.
In 2017, agricultural workers in Illinois successfully filed a paraquat poisoning lawsuit against three manufacturers.
Since then, more lawsuits have followed.
What Happens If You’ve Been Exposed To Paraquat?
If you were to ingest this poison, paraquat would cause direct damage to the lining of your mouth, your throat, and your intestines.
Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea often follow.
The most common ways for paraquat to enter a person’s system are through inhalation and contact with the skin.
After any form of exposure, paraquat spreads to all areas of your body, causing toxic chemical reactions in your major organs.
In time, paraquat exposure can lead to various irreversible and chronic health issues, organ failure, coma, pulmonary edema, seizures, and even death.
Recent studies notably show links to Parkinson’s Disease.
What Should You Do If You Believe You’ve Been Exposed To Paraquat?
After you’ve sought appropriate medical attention, it’s critical to speak to a knowledgeable paraquat exposure lawyer about your case.
Those who were exposed to paraquat through their work or living situation and who were then diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease may be eligible to file a legal claim.
Through successful paraquat lawsuits, victims have been able to secure compensation to cover the costs of their medical treatments, their lost wages, and more.
If you or a loved one has suffered after coming into contact with a product containing paraquat, our paraquat poisoning lawyers at the Law Offices of Steven Gacovino can help you determine whether you’re entitled to damages in the form of a paraquat settlement.
We have successfully handled poison exposure claims in the past and would love to hold negligent companies accountable for their dangerous products.
The Law Offices Of Steven Gacovino – Your Paraquat Exposure Experts
The paraquat lawyers at our firm boast a successful track record of securing compensation for victims of this incredibly toxic and often-fatal chemical.
Our seasoned paraquat exposure injury attorney Steve Gacovino has extensive experience in personal injury law and is ready to provide you expert guidance through the legal process to win the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects or health issues after paraquat exposure, don’t wait to seek justice.
Contact us today for your free, no-obligation consultation to determine if you have a strong claim.