Paraquat is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world. It is also one of the most dangerous. It is manufactured and sold under several brands or product trade names, Gramoxone being the most common in the U.S.
Paraquat is mostly available in liquid form, and it is sprayed to kill weeds, grass, and other unwanted vegetation on more than 100 types of industrial crops, including grains, vegetables, and fruits.
Scientists have long known that Paraquat is acutely toxic. Scientific studies and medical evidence dating back more than 10 years have shown connections between Paraquat exposure and the development of Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive and uncurable neurodegenerative disorder of the brain that alters the central nervous system’s ability to control movement. This can lead to motor symptoms such as tremors, slowed movement, freezing of gait, slurred voice, poor balance, muscle spasms, and stooped posture.
The health risks associated with Paraquat have led 32 countries to ban the chemical entirely. However, its use is still allowed in the U.S., although classified as a “restricted use” chemical by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This means that Paraquat can only be bought and used by commercially licensed users (primarily commercial farmers).
The central defendants in the Parkinson’s disease lawsuits have been Syngenta (a Swiss agrichemical company), and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Syngenta is the current manufacturer of Paraquat, and Chevron Phillips makes and sells Gramoxone (which contains Paraquat) in the U.S.
If you or one of your family members directly used or had long-term exposure to Paraquat and subsequently were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation from the herbicide manufacturers and distributors. We at RemedyBridge are here to help you and guide you through these difficult times. At RemedyBridge all consultations for case review are free and confidential.
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