Connecticut Paraquat Attorneys
Were You Diagnosed with Parkinson’s After Paraquat Exposure?
If you or a loved one used or were exposed to Paraquat weedkiller and were later diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), then you could have the chance to sue for compensation and justice. Carter Mario Law Firm is currently hearing from Paraquat clients and investigating numerous claims that the herbicide caused Parkinson’s disease in users and others. Depending on what we uncover when investigating your claim, you may qualify to file or join a class action.
Our Paraquat lawyers from Carter Mario Law Firm are helping people across Connecticut and beyond with their lawsuits. If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and think there could be a link to Paraquat use, then please call (203) 876-2711 right now. As part of our “8-Point Guarantee,” initial consultations are always free.
How Dangerous is Paraquat?
Paraquat dangers have been reported as early as 2009. The toxicity of the herbicide is extreme, and it can be dangerous to humans in even minimal exposure events. Chemicals in Paraquat have been known to cause neurological damage that most commonly manifests as Parkinson’s disease. According to various studies that have recently become noticed by the public, Paraquat exposure can increase a person’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by upwards of 600%.
Who is Exposed to Paraquat?
Paraquat is used the most by:
- Commercial farmers
- Agricultural workers
- Chemical manufacturers
Paraquat exposure is not limited only to the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, though. People who live near locations where Paraquat is manufactured, used, or stored often have also been shown to have increased risks of developing Parkinson’s disease. It is believed that Paraquat can soak into the groundwater and endanger anyone who lives in the immediate area.
Paraquat’s Dangerous History
Paraquat’s manufacturers allegedly knew about its dangers for years and years, yet did nothing to warn people about it. This corporate negligence is the basis of Paraquat lawsuits and class actions that are forming now.
Important milestones in Paraquat’s history include:
- 2009: Paraquat is first linked to a dramatic increase in Parkinson’s disease risks by the American Journal of Epidemiology. This same study also determined that living within about 500 yards of where Paraquat is commonly used can be enough to increase a resident’s PD risk.
- 2011: A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study finds that agricultural workers who use Paraquat are 250% more likely to be diagnosed with PD.
- 2016: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces that it will investigate Paraquat due to growing public concern over its dangers. The Nature Chemical Biology publication also announces that Paraquat is designed to destroy cells in the same way that PD destroys cells.
- 2017: The EPA is asked by the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council to take further action to ban the use of Paraquat.
- 2021: Large numbers of Paraquat users and people exposed to it begin to explore their legal options to sue the weedkiller’s manufacturers, and class actions begin to form.
Can You File a Paraquat Lawsuit?
People who are eligible to file a Paraquat lawsuit will meet two basic prerequisites:
- Used, worked around, or lived near Paraquat for at least six months.
- Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Other specifics might come up as your case is investigated, such as when your Paraquat exposure occurred, or if you have a neurological disease similar to PD, but not PD itself. An attorney from our firm can help you understand your legal rights and options.
Depend On Our Attorneys for Your Paraquat Case
Carter Mario Law Firm wants to help you seek compensation and justice if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to Paraquat. We have the strength and experience needed to take on major companies that have manufactured the dangerous herbicide. We are currently investigating cases from people across Connecticut from our offices in Bridgeport, Milford, Hartford, Waterbury, New Britain, and North Haven.
Call (203) 876-2711 to find the Carter Mario law office nearest you.