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Paraquat exposure has left countless individuals and families devastated by its severe health consequences. The physical and emotional toll, coupled with the financial burdens of medical expenses and lost livelihoods, cannot be understated. If you or a loved one has been affected by the harmful effects of Paraquat, you don’t have to face this battle alone.

At Estey & Bomberger, LLP, our Paraquat lawsuit attorneys are dedicated to standing up for those affected by this harmful herbicide. Our team of skilled injury attorneys will meticulously investigate your case, consult with experts, and build a strong claim to help you secure the compensation you deserve.

Why Choose the Attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, LLP?

  • With over 20 years of experience, the attorneys at Estey & Bomberger are committed to protecting the rights of those injured by defective products, including Paraquat. We will fight tirelessly on your behalf, advocating for your right to justice.
  • Our track record speaks for itself. Leveraging our knowledge, skills, and expertise, we have helped thousands of clients obtain justice and secured over $500 million in settlements and verdicts over a five-year period alone.
  • We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, allowing you to pursue your case without upfront financial burden. If our attorneys do not recover a settlement in your case, you will not be charged any legal fees.

What Is Paraquat?

Paraquat is a highly toxic chemical widely used as an herbicide, particularly for weed and grass control. Since its introduction in the 1960s, it has been a popular choice in agricultural industries due to its efficacy in controlling weeds. However, despite its agricultural benefits, Paraquat has been linked to serious health problems.

Several brands of herbicide contain Paraquat, including:

  • Gramoxone
  • Firestorm
  • Devour
  • Parazone
  • Para-Shot 3.0
  • Bonedry
  • Blanco
  • Crisquat
  • Helmquat 3SL

The Dangers of Paraquat Exposure

Exposure to Paraquat can occur through ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact, leading to serious short-term and long-term effects. Acute exposure can cause symptoms ranging from nausea and vomiting to severe respiratory issues, heart failure, seizures, and even death.

Chronic, long-term exposure has been linked to serious illnesses, such as: 

  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Reproductive problems
  • Scarring in the esophagus
  • Impaired lung function
  • Scarring in the lungs, also known as pulmonary fibrosis
  • Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder 

The Link Between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease

Several scientific studies have found a potential link between exposure to Paraquat and an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a long-term health condition that affects movement and motor skills.  

A comprehensive health study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This study analyzed the health of U.S. farmers over an extended period and discovered a correlation between Paraquat usage and an escalated risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Research from the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council further reveals that individuals exposed to Paraquat during their adolescence or early adulthood faced a substantially elevated risk of developing Parkinson’s disease—specifically, a 200% to 600% increased likelihood.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease typically develop slowly over many years and can vary from person to person. These may include:

  • Tremors: One of the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease often involves a slight tremor in one hand, which may appear as a back-and-forth rubbing of the thumb and forefinger.
  • Slowed Movement (Bradykinesia): Over time, Parkinson’s disease may reduce your ability to move and slow your movement, making simple tasks difficult and time-consuming.
  • Rigid Muscles: Muscle stiffness can occur in any part of the body, causing pain and limiting the range of motion.
  • Impaired Posture and Balance: Parkinson’s disease may cause stooped posture or unsteady balance, making standing or walking difficult.
  • Loss of Automatic Movements: With Parkinson’s disease, you may notice a decrease in unconscious movements, such as blinking, smiling, or swinging your arms when you walk.
  • Speech Changes: Your speech may become soft, quick, or slurred, or you may hesitate before talking. Speech therapy may help improve speech impairments in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Writing Changes: With a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, you may find handwriting difficult and notice changes in your writing, often making it small and cramped.

It’s important to remember that the severity and progression of these symptoms can vary significantly. If you notice any signs of Parkinson’s disease, it is critical to seek medical attention right away to assess the stage of your condition. Regular medical check-ups can help manage the symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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Who Is Eligible for a Paraquat Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been exposed to Paraquat and subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the herbicide manufacturer. Typically, this exposure may have occurred due to your occupation, but you can also pursue legal action if you lived or spent a significant amount of time in an area where Paraquat was applied. This eligibility applies even if the exposure occurred years before the diagnosis.

It can be difficult to understand your legal options following a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, but an attorney from Estey & Bomberger, LLP can help. Our firm will carefully evaluate your case and determine whether you qualify for a legal claim. Then, we can help you take your first steps toward justice.

Compensation Available in a Paraquat Lawsuit

Paraquat exposure can have far-reaching consequences, from financial hardship to physical and emotional pain and suffering. A lawsuit seeks to provide not only justice but also financial relief to cover the harm that you have experienced due to the exposure. The types of damages in a Paraquat lawsuit are designed to address the various costs and losses you may face.

Your product liability attorney can help you identify the damages that you are eligible for and calculate your potential settlement. Compensation in a Paraquat lawsuit may include:

  • Medical Expenses: Living with Parkinson’s disease requires comprehensive and ongoing medical care. Your settlement may cover all costs related to medical treatment, including neurological consultations, hospital stays, prescription medications, occupational therapy, and potential surgical interventions such as deep brain stimulation. It can also account for future medical expenses related to managing your condition.
  • Lost Wages: If Parkinson’s disease has forced you to take time off work to receive treatment or manage your symptoms, your compensation can recover these lost earnings. If you were forced to retire early, your settlement may also include the income you would have earned if you had continued to work as you did before your diagnosis.
  • Loss of Earning Capacity: If Parkinson’s disease has reduced your capacity to earn a living and stifled your career growth, your compensation can account for this lost future income and the career advancement you could have achieved.
  • Permanent Disability: Parkinson’s disease, particularly in its later stages, can lead to significant and permanent disabilities that can drastically alter your life, affecting everything from your daily routine to your ability to work. You can recover compensation for the ongoing challenges and costs associated with living with such a life-altering condition. 
  • Emotional Distress: Living with Parkinson’s disease can lead to substantial mental and emotional distress, often manifesting as anxiety, depression, or stress. In your lawsuit, you have the right to recover compensation to address this psychological suffering.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Parkinson’s disease can reduce your capacity to participate in and enjoy daily activities, hobbies, and relationships. Your settlement can include compensation for this significant reduction in your quality of life.
  • Disability Accommodations: You may need to make special modifications to your home, car, or workplace to live with Parkinson’s disease. Your settlement can cover the costs of these modifications, which might include installing mobility aids, making bathrooms accessible, or acquiring adaptive technology.

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What Is the Statute of Limitations for Paraquat Claims?

The statute of limitations—the period within which you must file a lawsuit—varies from state to state. Generally, it begins from the date the injury is discovered or should have been discovered.  For Paraquat lawsuits that involve Parkinson’s disease, the statute of limitations typically depends on when you received your diagnosis.

Adhering to the statute of limitations is critical; if you do not file your case in time, the court will likely dismiss your lawsuit and prevent you from recovering compensation. Given the complexity of these cases and what is at stake if you miss the filing deadline, it is important to consult with a Paraquat lawsuit attorney as soon as possible.

How a Paraquat Lawsuit Attorney Can Help

Pursuing a Paraquat lawsuit can be a complex and challenging process. These cases involve intricate laws and regulations, extensive documentation, and the often-daunting task of going against large, well-funded corporations. In these situations, a lawyer can provide invaluable assistance.

A Paraquat lawsuit attorney plays an integral role in your journey to seek justice and compensation for the harm caused by exposure to this toxic herbicide. His or her legal knowledge, negotiation skills, and commitment to your rights can make a major difference in your case.

Understanding the Legal Landscape

A Paraquat attorney is well-versed in the laws governing toxic torts and product liability. He or she can help you understand the legal landscape of Paraquat litigation, which includes establishing a causal link between your exposure and subsequent health problems. Your attorney will also navigate the complex legal statutes and deadlines associated with filing a Paraquat lawsuit, helping avoid any delays or errors that could harm your case.

Investigating Your Case

Your lawyer will thoroughly investigate your case to build a compelling claim. He or she will review your medical history, employment records, and exposure levels to determine the extent of your injuries and the liability of the manufacturer. Often, your attorney will work with medical experts and toxicologists to substantiate the link between your condition and Paraquat exposure.

Negotiating a Settlement

Most cases involving toxic substances are settled out of court and having an experienced negotiator on your side can help improve your chances of a successful outcome. Your attorney will represent your interests during settlement negotiations, fighting to make sure that you receive fair compensation. Your attorney will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to negotiate effectively with insurance companies and opposing lawyers.

Representing You in Court

If your case goes to trial, your attorney will advocate for you and build a compelling case for the courtroom. This will involve presenting evidence, examining witnesses, and arguing on your behalf. Your lawyer’s experience in court proceedings can help you navigate this stressful process and could significantly impact the outcome of your case.

Calculating Your Potential Award

Determining the value of your Paraquat lawsuit can be complex; you will need to consider all of your current and future medical costs, loss of earnings, emotional distress, and more. Your attorney can accurately calculate these damages on your behalf, making sure you pursue a compensation amount that truly reflects the impact of your injuries.

Providing Emotional Support and Guidance

Dealing with a serious illness and a lawsuit simultaneously can be overwhelming. Whether you’re just starting your legal journey or are in the midst of a lawsuit, having a Paraquat lawsuit attorney by your side can provide the guidance and support necessary to navigate this challenging process.

He or she will keep you informed and prepared throughout the process and handle all legal matters on your behalf, helping alleviate some of the stress that you may experience. Apart from legal aid, your attorney can provide emotional support and guidance during this difficult time, helping you cope with the impact of the disease. 

Protecting Your Legal Rights and Interests

Above all, a Paraquat lawsuit attorney will fight to protect your legal rights and best interests. From ensuring your lawsuit is filed in a timely manner to preventing you from settling for less than you deserve, your attorney’s primary objective is to protect you and advocate for the compensation that you deserve.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Estey & Bomberger, LLP Today

If you or a loved one have suffered harm due to Paraquat exposure, Estey & Bomberger, LLP can fight for your right to justice. Our Paraquat lawsuit attorneys will advocate aggressively on your behalf and will not rest until you secure the settlement that you deserve. 

Contact us at (800) 260-7197 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation and explore your legal options.