Paraquat is an extremely popular herbicide used by many licensed agricultural workers. The reason it’s so popular is that this product is highly effective when it comes to killing nasty weeds and overgrown grass. However, there are risks to using this product. Studies have shown that there’s an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease from being exposed to Paraquat. It is, In fact, so toxic that only certified professionals are allowed to buy this product and use it by law in the United States.
Parkinson’s disease is vicious to those it affects. It progressively shuts down the nervous system as It slowly kills certain nerve cells called neurons found in the brain. Many of the symptoms are due to a loss of neurons that produce a chemical messenger called dopamine. When there is a decrease in dopamine, the brain begins to have abnormal activity, and your movement capabilities can begin to fail. However, many other symptoms can occur when this happens.
This disease can lead to the person developing issues with chewing and swallowing properly due to the disease affecting the muscles in their mouth. In addition, cognitive issues like being unable to remember things and control your emotions (dementia) are also symptoms of this horrendous disease. There are many symptoms such as; general pain in the body or specific areas, losing your ability to differentiate particular odors you previously could without any difficulties, having a lack of energy throughout the day, changes in blood pressure causing you to feel lightheaded or dizzy, and many others.
While the popularity of Paraquat is not without reason, the risks involved in its use are staggering. Poisoning due to its extreme toxicity can occur in a variety of ways. For example, you could get poisoned if you accidentally inhale it; it comes into contact with your skin or if you come into contact with a plant sprayed with Paraquat. If accidentally inhaled, a condition called Paraquat lung where the lung gets damaged due to the herbicide’s high toxicity could occur. In addition, if Paraquat comes into contact with an open wound, the individual could get very sick. Sadly, this toxic chemical would likely kill the individual very quickly by burning a hole in the esophagus or inflaming the area around major blood vessels if accidentally ingested.
If you or someone you love is suffering due to Paraquat, contact our law firm. At the law firm of Carabin Shaw, we represent people and families in cases stemming from all types of product or drug defect lawsuits. For close to three decades, our dedicated and knowledgeable product liability attorneys have given those affected by these matters high-quality legal representation. Our lawyers at Carabin Shaw realize how extremely difficult this time can be for the victims and their loved ones and strive to do everything in their power to make the process as simple as possible. To make sure you get the total compensation you deserve for any injuries you or a loved one has sustained, we diligently work day and night. Millions of dollars recovered for our clients result from our hard work, and we are proud to work in this area. Get in touch with our office for a confidential and free consultation at 800-862-1260. We won’t bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.