Paraquat is a popular herbicide used among agricultural workers and farmers because of its highly destructive nature towards unwanted grasses and weeds. This herbicide is so good at its job that it is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. However, It is highly poisonous to humans and wildlife, making it dangerous to use, necessitating numerous safety regulations. Paraquat is classified by the EPA as “restricted use” and can only be applied and purchased by a certified individual with a license. In addition, there are special agents added that cause vomiting if ingested, a blue dye, and a sharp odor added to Paraquat in the United States to differentiate it from beverages one might drink.
While using Paraquat is beneficial to the farmers because it reduces the need for labor and saves money, there are risks with using this product that can be fatal. For example, studies have shown an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease after using Paraquat. According to the mayo clinic, “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement.” This disease can have a range in symptoms. For example, you may have trouble with mobility, such as trouble with walking, your muscles may stiffen up, you may shake and have trouble with balance and coordination. Another example of possible symptoms is dementia, loss of smell, problems with speech, and difficulty writing.
Parkinson’s disease usually starts slowly and gradually, over time, worsens. As a result of Parkinson’s disease, particular nerve cells (neurons) in the brain gradually degenerate or die. The lack of neurons that produce a chemical messenger known as dopamine causes a lot of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Abnormal brain activity results from decreased dopamine levels, which leads to difficulty moving and other symptoms.
In the unfortunate case that you or someone you love is certified in Paraquat application or is an agricultural worker who was exposed to Paraquat and has developed Parkinson’s disease, you may have a lawsuit that may give you greatly needed compensation in these troubling times. At Carabin Shaw, we understand the complexities of these cases and are here to make it as easy as possible for you and your loved ones.
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