Paraquat Lawsuit | July 2024 Update

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Matthew Dolman has written and reviewed this article for legal accuracy and clarity. Matthew has been a licensed attorney for twenty (20) years, has represented over ten thousand clients, and has collected over $250,000,000.00 in compensation for injury victims. Additionally, he has been representing individuals impacted by Paraquat exposure since the beginning of this lawsuit. The Dolman Law Group has been directly involved in the Paraquat Parkinson's Disease Lawsuit, and our goal remains to provide the most up-to-date information on this case.

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Chances are good that Parkinson's disease affects you or someone you know. Some medical conditions involve genetic factors, but scientists have linked many illnesses, like Parkinson's disease, to environmental causes. Specifically, recent studies have linked Parkinson's disease to chemical exposure. People exposed to Paraquat, a toxic herbicide, are filing paraquat lawsuits claiming their exposure to this chemical caused their Parkinson's disease. 

If you or someone you know were exposed to paraquat herbicide and doctors subsequently reached a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease or another serious health complication, contact our Paraquat Parkinson's disease legal team today. You may have legal grounds to bring a paraquat Parkinson's disease lawsuit and request compensation for your related financial losses. We believe that Chevron and Syngenta must be held liable for Parkinson's disease caused by Paraquat exposure.

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July 3, 2024 - Surge in Paraquat Lawsuits in State Court

The number of paraquat lawsuits in Philadelphia (the state court) has increased by almost 50% in the past six months. Judge Joshua Roberts reported that the caseload rose from about 500 at the start of 2024 to 728.

This surge is due to two main reasons. First, in the Elmiron eye injury cases, lawsuits filed in Philadelphia had better outcomes than those in the MDL, meaning cases filed in state court did better than federal cases. Second, paraquat lawyers are concerned about Judge Rosenstengel dismissing key experts and cases in the MDL, causing delays. Many lawyers prefer state court to avoid early case dismissals like we saw in the Zantac lawsuits.

June 13, 2024 - Philadelphia Sees Spike in Paraquat Lawsuits

The number of cases in Philadelphia’s Paraquat mass tort litigation has increased by nearly 50% in the last six months. Judge Joshua Roberts, who is overseeing the litigation in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, has reported that the number of cases has risen from about 500 at the start of 2024 to 728 by mid-June.

This increase is mainly due to lawyers moving to state court in Philadelphia after the Judge in the federal MDL ruled to dismiss a key plaintiff expert and four bellwether cases, halting trial schedules. Many lawyers involved also worked on the Zantac MDL and are wary of similar expert dismissals.

Unlike federal court, Pennsylvania state court follows the Frye standard, which is considered more favorable to plaintiffs than the Daubert standard. Given the strong scientific evidence against Paraquat, plaintiffs' prospects in these cases seem promising.

The Daubert standard is a rule of evidence used in federal courts that requires scientific evidence to be relevant and reliable, with the Judge being the one who decides if the methodology and principles behind the evidence are sound. The Frye standard, used in some state courts like Pennsylvania, is less stringent and only requires that the scientific evidence be "generally accepted" by the relevant scientific community and does not give a single judge nearly as much power to shootdown well-established science.

June 10, 2024 - California Looks to Ban Paraquat with Assembly Bill 1963

Assemblymember Laura Friedman is pushing for Assembly Bill 1963, which seeks to ban the toxic herbicide Paraquat starting January 1, 2025. Friedman explained that Paraquat is the "most toxic herbicide still in use in California today" and mentioned that it's already banned in over 60 countries. Despite this, it's still widely used in California.

The bill has also received support from labor leader Dolores Huerta. She is concerned about its disproportionate impact on Latino and Hispanic farmworkers, who often have fewer protections and regulations and are not afforded the same protection as their white counterparts. Because of this, she is stressing the need for better protection for agricultural workers and their families.

June 5, 2024 - 90 New Lawsuits Join the Paraquat MDL, Bringing the Total Case Count to 5,680

Although more than 200 new cases joined the Paraquat Multidistrict Litigation in April, we only saw 90 new filings in May.

One of the more notable new claims comes from a Texas man who alleges he was exposed to Paraquat for more than seven years while mixing, applying, and loading the chemical along with cleaning the related machinery. His complaint states he was exposed to Paraquat through skin absorption, ingesting, and inhalation, among other means.

Like other injured plaintiffs in this MDL, the Texas plaintiff claims the chemical attacked his nervous system and caused his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in May of 2022.

May 23, 2024 - Analysis of Many Studies Finds Correlation Between Pesticides like Paraquat and Parkinson's Disease

A recent study is causing chatter among plaintiffs' attorneys and others involved in the Paraquat Parkinsons MDL. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Science of The Total Environment, examined whether environmental toxins can cause Parkinson's disease. Here's a quick summary of the study:

The study reviewed existing research and literature surrounding the idea of environmental factors and an increased risk of Parkinson's disease (PD). However, it was not about whether Paraquat specifically can cause Parkinson's disease. Instead, it looked at whether any substances in the environment, man-made or natural, can cause PD. In short, they found that yes, environmental toxins can cause Parkinson's disease.

The study reviewed a wide array of studies from around the world, and of many different sizes. Workplaces had the strongest link to PD, followed by general exposure, and exposure in homes. The study also looked at data on a wide range of substances, including dyes, methylene chloride (a very common chemical used in manufacturing, including paint stripping, pharmaceuticals, metal cleaning, etc. ) and whale meat. Yes, whale meat; in some places it is a big industry.

Industrial toxins in workplaces had the highest risk, including high-strength chemicals people use at their job, just like Paraquat. In fact, the study found that pesticides were a big part of the correlation between enviromental factors and PD, stating, "Agents of concern in this respect include pesticides (e.g., paraquat... )"

The study concluded by saying that reducing exposure to environmental toxins, including pesticides, air pollution particles, and other harmful chemicals, could help reduce the prevalence of Parkinson's disease.

The evidence in this analysis that linked environmental toxins, including pesticides, to an increased risk of Parkinson’s is a big deal when it comes to general causation. Neither we nor the study are suggesting there are no other triggers for Parkinson’s disease. However, the study emphasizes that Paraquat and other pesticides can be scientifically correlated to Parkinson’s.

Why does this matter, or why is this even necessary? Researchers and scientists are not entirely sure what causes Parkinson's disease, but they believe it's a combination of genetics (genetic mutations), environmental factors (exposure to toxins, like pesticides), and lifestyle factors (certain lifestyle choices).

So, since nobody knows exactly what causes PD, studies like this one are needed to back up the claims of the plaintiffs in the Paraquat lawsuits, who allege that their debilitating disease was caused by an outside factor, namely an environmental element like paraquat.

May 16, 2024 - New Bellwether Case Selection Deadline Extended by Judge

Judge Rosenstengel, who is presiding over the Paraquat Parkinson's MDL, has granted the plaintiffs an extension on the Court's May 10, 2024, deadline for new cases to be selected for bellwether trials. The plaintiffs cited tehcnical issues accessing the case information database as the reason for the delay.

You may remember that back in April, the judge threw out multiple cases because of a lack of trust in the expert witnesses. She then gave the plaintiffs time to select new possible test-trial cases with hopefully better expert witnesses and facts.

Once the selections are submitted, the court will outline a schedule for discovery and trial dates. Now, we wait and see what happens with the next set of cases that the lead attorneys on the Paraquat lawsuit come up with.

The Court has extended the case selection deadline to June 10, 2024.

May 1, 2024 - Dismissal of First Cases and Expert Testimony Rejection

The Paraquat lawsuits, which claim that exposure to the herbicide has led to Parkinson's disease in agricultural workers and others routinely exposed to the chemical, are facing some recent challenges over the scientific evidence linking Paraquat to Parkinson’s disease.

Judge Rosenstengel has dismissed the first set of cases that were set for trial after she ruled against allowing key expert witness Cornell University professor Martin Wells from giving testimony. The Judge criticized his findings as "unscientific cherry-picking" and noted that his opinions were not supported by any peer-reviewed studies that were outside of the lawsuit's context.

This ruling does not affect the 5,000+ other cases that are part of the MDL in the same court. But it does set a bad precedent that could affect those future proceedings. The judge did say that the parties may pick a new set of cases with new expert testimony.

The plaintiffs' lawyers disagreed with the ruling and have announced plans to appeal.

"We will continue to prosecute these cases on behalf of the thousands of American farmworkers diagnosed with an incurable and debilitating disease because of their exposure to paraquat," lead attorneys for plaintiffs said.

Chevron and Syngenta, the defendants in the case, made a statement saying there is no established scientific consensus that links Paraquat to Parkinson’s disease, despite numerous studies over the past six decades that show there is a connection.

April 11, 2024 - New California Bill Seeking to ban Paraquat

A new bill (AB 1963) proposed by Assemblymember Laura Friedman seeks to ban the sale of Paraquat in California by the end of 2025 and begin phasing it out immediately. Paraquat is still used by growers of pistachios, almonds and cotton. Keep in mind that Paraquat has been banned in over sixty countries based on managers posed by exposure to this toxic herbicide. 

April 4, 2024 - Plaintiff Lawyers Begin Dismissing Weak Cases in the Paraquat Lawsuit MDL

Over the past two weeks, thirteen lawsuits have been voluntarily dismissed and every last case involved indirect Paraquat exposure. In other words, these were lawsuits brought by individuals who lived near land wherein Paraquat was sprayed. This is to be contrasted with the lawsuits filed on behalf of licensed applicators which is far stronger. 

We are noticing Paraquat lawyers dismissing claims as opposed to subjecting their clients to depositions. Perhaps these lawyers are attempting to avoid sanctions for bringing claims that are potentially frivolous or at least fall within what has been deemed implausible theories of liability. 

March 28, 2024 - Paraquat MDL Judge Begins Weeding out Weak Cases

Judge Rosenstengel has ordered plaintiff depositions to commence on a number of cases with implausible theories of liability within the Paraquat lawsuit MDL. More specifically, Judge Rosenstengel has focused her attention on "drift" cases, wherein individuals who lived near farmland that were sprayed with Paraquat have alleged injuries (Parkinson's disease) from their exposure. While it is possible to be impacted from Paraquat exposure while residing near farmland due to the substance "drifting" airborne to nearby locations, this is a weak theory of liability.

This is the very reason we have limited our intake to only licensed applicators. We believe the very reason that a Daubert order hasn't come down is Judge Rosenstengel is likely struggling with how to deal with the Paraquat lawsuits with extremely weak theories of liability. Twenty-nine weeks have now passed since Judge Rosenstengel conducted Daubert hearings in the Paraquat lawsuit situated in United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Plaintiff's Paraquat lawyers would be wise to limit the filing of lawsuits to only claims on behalf of licensed applicators. The science is much stronger on proving up causation from Paraquat exposure to licensed applicators. 

March 18, 2024 - Paraquat Lawyers Still Awaiting Daubert Decision Six Months Later

Twenty-six weeks have passed since Judge Rosenstengel heard the Daubert arguments in the Paraquat MDL. Over 2700 Paraquat lawsuits are now pending in the United States District Court in Southern Illinois.

We believe Judge Rosenstengel is seeking to weed out weak exposure claims in the Paraquat Lawsuit. We all know that one needs to be a licensed Paraquat applicator to spray the herbicide, and this is the most significant distinction between Roundup and Paraquat lawsuits. 

Judge Rosenstengel has previously alluded to what are known as "drift cases" wherein the claimant did not have direct exposure to Paraquat. Instead, the Paraquat exposure was based on residing or working in areas close to where the toxic herbicide was sprayed. 

There are presently 5342 Paraquat Parkinson's disease lawsuits pending in the Southern District of Illinois. The Paraquat Class action MDL continues to grow, but bellwether trials have been postponed indefinitely due to the delay in drafting a Daubert opinion. 

March 4, 2024 - Potential Paraquat Settlement Appears Unlikely at this Juncture

Attorneys representing claimants who developed Parkinson's disease following significant Paraquat exposure believe a settlement with Chevron and Syngenta is unlikely to occur in 2024. We are now at twenty-four (24) weeks post-Daubert hearing. Paraquat MDL Judge Nancy Rosenstengel has still not issued an order on whether to exclude specific experts who link Paraquat exposure to Parkinson's disease.

This delay also has postponed the initial Paraquat bellwether trial indefinitely. Interestingly enough, there is a pending consolidation of Pennsylvania Paraquat lawsuits in the Philadelphia Court of Common Please, with trials set for early spring of 2025. It is possible that the first Paraquat trial could occur in Philadelphia before the first case is tried within the MDL. 

February 13, 2024 - EPA Reaffirms Paraquat

Despite all the scientific evidence and all the injuries, the EPA has given its approval to Paraquat once again after a reassessment of its prior stance.

Will this hurt the viability of Paraquat lawsuits?  It doesn't help, but it does not negate all the injuries Plaintiff has that Paraquat clearly caused.

60 Paraquat lawsuits have been recommended for dismissal by the Special Master of the Paraquat MDL for failure to comply with filling out the Plaintiff Assessment Questionnaire. A majority of these cases are from the same law firm.

February 6, 2024 - Pace of New Paraquat Cases Slow Down

The pace of the Paraquat Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) is slowing down as new filings have dramatically decreased. Previously, an average of 250 new cases were being added a month. Less than 50 cases have been filed in January and February.

January 23, 2024 - Judge Questions Evidence of Some Cases

To refine the dockets, the Court has announced Case Management Order No. 18, which targets 25 cases over concerns that there is insufficient evidence of paraquat exposure. The Court releases these orders to preserve the integrity of the MDL by weeding out claims that don't have strong evidential grounds.

January 4, 2024 - New Year Case Count

As the year begins, there are just over 5,000 cases in the Paraquat lawsuit, reflecting a slowdown.

December 1, 2023 - New Cases Continue to be Added to Paraquat Lawsuit

An additional 200 cases have joined the Paraquat MDL during the past month, bringing the total to 4,986 pending cases and showing a continuation of the rise of the lawsuit's size.

November 1, 2023 - Key Naysayer in Parquat-Parkinson Connection Wants Out

Dr. Douglas Weed, whose research is critical in the debate concerning Paraquat's connection to Parkinson's disease, is trying to distance himself from the lawsuit. He has asked the Court to allow him to ignore a subpoena related to his review, which argues there is no link between Paraquat and Parkinson's disease. 

The plaintiffs' lawyers, however, are looking into his financial history to see if there are any green reasons for possible bias. 

October 2, 2023 - Bellwether Trial Delayed

The first bellwether trial on the effects of Paraquat has hit a delay. Due to legal complexities, the start has been pushed back, potentially until 2024. This is tough news for those affected by the chemical. This means injured plaintiffs will have to wait even longer.

September 27, 2023 - Plaintiffs Await Ruling on Judge's Comprehensive Review 

After all the supplement Daubert briefs have been submitted, the Paraquat MDL awaits a ruling. Judge Rosenstengel adjourned the bellwether trial to ensure a comprehensive review that could mean potential case-altering implications. These time-extending decisions have increased anxieties among plaintiffs waiting to hear if their experts will be allowed.

September 18, 2023 - Case Count Update

Since the end of May, more than 1,000 new cases have been added to the Paraquat lawsuit, showing that more and more people want to challenge the use of Paraquat. Each case adds to the growing strength of this MDL.

September 6, 2023 - Judge Postpones First Paraquat Bellwether Trial

Judge Nancy Rosenstengel has postponed the trial that was supposed to happen in October. Her delay is due to making important decisions about what evidence can be presented in court. These decisions are crucial because they might affect the results of the trial. The people involved in the lawsuit are understandably concerned about what these decisions might mean for their cases.

August 28, 2023 - Daubert Hearing Concludes in the Paraquat Lawsuit

Paraquat MDL Judge Nancy Rosenstengel has spent the last week conducting a Daubert hearing. In a Daubert hearing, the Judge examines the scientific evidence being proffered up. More specifically, the methodology of epidemiological and scientific causation evidence is reviewed by the handling Judge. 

In a Daubert hearing, the Judge investigates whether the techniques used by the expert can be tested, whether their conclusions are repeatable, whether the findings have been published in a peer-reviewed study within a reputable publication, and whether the methodologies utilized are reliable. 

Chevron and Syngenta have moved to exclude Dr. Anthony Lang, Dr. Binit Shah, and Dr. Martin Wells from providing testimony in the Paraquat lawsuit. Dr. Wells is a noted epidemiologist who has conducted multiple tests comparing Paraquat exposure to many other environmental contaminants. Dr. Wells concluded Paraquat exposure is causally related to Parkinson's disease. 

Attorneys representing Chevron and Syngenta have retained their own experts who claim Parkinson's disease is attributable to genetic factors. Further, they contend exposure to the toxic herbicide Paraquat played a minimal role, if at all, in developing Parkinson's disease and that any link is based on correlation, not causation. 

August 14, 2023 - Scientific Hearing Scheduled in the Paraquat Class Action Lawsuit

A multi-day hearing will occur beginning next week in the Paraquat MDL. The Court will determine whether scientific evidence proffered up by several experts linking exposure to Paraquat dichloride to the subsequent development of Parkinson's disease. 

The results of this hearing can ultimately end this lawsuit if Judge Rosenstengel rules to exclude the expert's testimony on the causal link. If Judge Rosenstengel decides the science offered by such experts to be reliable, the next step will be scheduling bellwether trials in the Paraquat lawsuit. Thus, the potential of a Paraquat lawsuit settlement in 2024 is directly linked to Judge Rosenstengel's decision.  Judge Rosenstengel's forthcoming decision will shape Paraquat litigation in the future. Paraquat defendants Syngeta and Chevron and their shareholders have a lot riding on this hearing.

Parkinson's Disease Basic Information

In medical terms, Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the neurons that produce dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that controls your nervous system by sending messages between cells. Improperly sent or received messages can change your physical movements, memory, attention, and behavior.

Parkinson's disease symptoms usually develop slowly over time and vary from person to person. People with Parkinson's disease may experience motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms.

Parkinson's disease symptoms usually develop slowly over time and vary from person to person. People with Parkinson's disease may experience motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms.

Common motor symptoms include:

  • Tremors, usually while resting
  • Slow movements and walking
  • Stiff or rigid limbs
  • Balance issues and posture instability

Non-motor symptoms can present even more significant challenges and may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Hallucinations
  • Constipation
  • Loss of smell
  • Other cognitive issues

Parkinson's disease progresses through five defined stages, from mild motor symptoms to needing full-time care. As the disease progresses, everyday activities such as walking and talking become difficult or impossible. As you can imagine, the necessary treatment and support to help Parkinson's patients get through the day and retain as much independence as possible can cost thousands of dollars.

If you were exposed to Paraquat and professionally diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, talk to a mass tort lawyer to determine if you may file a lawsuit and request compensation for your losses. Keep in mind Parkinson's disease symptoms alone are legally insufficient to file a claim. You must have a professional medical diagnosis to qualify for legal action.

What Is Paraquat and Who Is at Risk of Paraquat Exposure?

Basic Information About Paraquat

Paraquat dichloride, known simply as Paraquat, is sold under different brand names, including Gramoxone, Firestorm, and Parazone. It is a cheap, extremely toxic herbicide widely used as an agricultural weed killer.

Paraquat is banned in more than 32 countries, including the European Union. However, it is still legal in the United States and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Paraquat cannot be applied in residential settings or by average consumers. Only licensed applicators may handle this dangerous chemical, and it can only be used in commercial and agricultural settings.

Knowing how toxic Paraquat is, the EPA requires certain additives to help prevent accidental poisoning.

  • Paraquat must contain a blue dye to ensure no one confuses it for a beverage, 
  • A strong odor is added to warn people that they should not consume it, and
  • A vomit-inducing substance is also added, so in the case of accidental ingestion, the person will expel the poison.

Several manufacturers continue to produce this poisonous substance, knowing it is dangerous and harmful to humans, and the EPA still allows its use. The following list includes known Paraquat manufacturers. We believe these companies may be held liable for Parkinson's disease caused by their herbicide:

  • Chevron Chemical Company
  • Syngenta
  • Drexel Chemical Company
  • Adama Group
  • Altitude Crop Innovations
  • United Phosphorus
  • Helm Agro
  • Sinon USA
  • Innvictis Crop Care

Who Is Most Likely to Be Harmed by Paraquat?

People in contact with Paraquat over long periods of time are the most likely to be harmed by this substance.

This high-risk group includes:

  • Licensed paraquat applicators,
  • Crop dusting pilots,
  • Farm workers, and
  • People who live next to industrial, agricultural areas.

Experts have identified at least four ways paraquat exposure can occur:

  1. Herbicide drift. When Paraquat is sprayed on a parcel of land, the droplets can drift through the air in hot and humid conditions, even without strong wind.
  2. Herbicide overspray. If an applicator makes a mistake or applies Paraquat in heavy wind, the spray can cover adjoining areas they did not mean to spray.
  3. Herbicide runoff. Paraquat can seep into the ground and contaminate the soil and nearby water sources. Paraquat can poison adjoining property owners and others downstream from the area that was sprayed through ground or water contamination.
  4. Ingestion. If Paraquat comes into contact with any food or water source and consumers eat or drink the contaminated items, they can become very sick. Even small amounts of this toxic chemical over a long period of time can lead to chronic medical concerns. 

Depending on where you work, live, and play, you might have been exposed to Paraquat without your knowledge. People who live near industrial farms, children who attend school in rural areas near farms, and even golfers who play on courses treated with Paraquat may have been exposed. The following products are known to contain Paraquat and, therefore, potentially expose people to the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

  • Gramoxone
  • Parazone
  • Quick-Quat
  • Para-Shot 3.0
  • Helmquat 3SL
  • Cyclone SL 2.0
  • Firestorm
  • Crisquat
  • Dexuron
  • Para-col
  • Devour
  • Bonedry
  • Blanco
  • Dexuron
  • Esgram
  • Ortho Paraquat CL
  • Tota-col
  • PP148
  • Garmixel
  • Pillarxone
  • AH 501
  • Bai Cao Ku

Once Paraquat is in your body, it travels everywhere. Your lungs, liver, and kidneys are the most susceptible to paraquat damage, especially over time. Ingesting this poison can damage your mouth, stomach, and intestines and can be fatal. There is no cure for paraquat poisoning.

Michael J. Fox is one of the most famous advocates of Parkinson's disease (PD). He created the Unified Parkinson's Advocacy Council to share important information and help others dealing with PD. One of its studies showed that people exposed to Paraquat at a young age and over an extended timeframe have a 200 to 600 percent greater risk of developing Parkinson's disease. 

In the past several years, other studies have also shown a link between paraquat exposure and PD, including these scientific reports:

Overall, researchers believe that high levels of the chemicals found in Paraquat contribute to the development of PD. Although the manufacturers have known the risks for decades, they still produce Paraquat for use in the United States, and the EPA still allows its use. 

A study from the National Institute of Environmental Health Services determined that people exposed to Paraquat because of their employment were two and a half times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. This is why farm workers and paraquat applicators are in the highest risk category for paraquat-related PD.

What Paraquat Exposure Symptoms Should You Look For?

In addition to the long-term issues related to Parkinson's disease, paraquat poisoning is a genuine concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eating or drinking the toxin is the most common way Paraquat poisons people. Skin exposure can also lead to problems, especially with broken skin, such as an open wound or cut. Also, inhaling Paraquat can lead to lung damage, among other issues.

Potential symptoms of paraquat poisoning include:

  • Pain and swelling in the mouth, throat, and digestive tract,
  • Dehydration, low blood pressure, and electrolyte imbalances,
  • Long-term complications such as:
    • Heart and kidney failure.
    • Liver damage and scarring, and 
    • Lung scarring.
  • A large amount of paraquat poisoning can lead to these severe problems within a few short hours or days:
    • Confusion,
    • Acute kidney failure,
    • Coma,
    • Heart damage,
    • Liver failure,
    • Muscle weakness, 
    • Fluid build-up in the lungs,
    • Respiratory failure,
    • Seizures, and 
    • Death.

Most people who are exposed to Paraquat in large quantities do not survive. There is currently no antidote or cure for paraquat poisoning.

Recently, personal injury lawyers have filed several lawsuits to protect people using these toxic chemicals and others who were inadvertently exposed to these dangerous substances and then developed Parkinson's disease and other serious health issues. A nationwide multi-district litigation (MDL) was established to consolidate all federal paraquat lawsuits. Every month, injured plaintiffs join this MDL in an effort to streamline pre-trial discovery and motion hearings and ensure consistent court rulings about important legal issues.

What Compensation Can I Request From a Paraquat Lawsuit?

To file a paraquat lawsuit, you must have been exposed to Paraquat and then diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In your claim, you can request financial compensation for your related expenses, losses, and mental distress. Our legal team can help you hold negligent chemical manufacturers responsible for their actions.

Specifically, you can request money to help you pay:

  • Medical bills related to your paraquat-related conditions, including Parkinson's disease issues,
  • Rehabilitation costs,
  • Long-term costs for therapies, assistive care, and other related services,
  • Lost income,
  • Future lost earnings,
  • Pain, suffering, emotional distress, anguish, and other mental health concerns,
  • Loss of life enjoyment and family relationships, and possibly
  • Punitive damages to punish the manufacturers under certain circumstances.

During a free case consultation, our mass tort lawyers can evaluate your claim, create a legal strategy, answer all your questions, and explain what you might recover in a paraquat lawsuit. Our mission is to help hard-working agricultural workers and innocent bystanders who were exposed to Paraquat recover the maximum compensation possible.

As with most personal injury cases, it is difficult to place a value on a paraquat Parkinson's disease claim. Since every situation is different and every person reacts differently to dangerous products, we need to learn all about your unique circumstances before we can provide a solid legal analysis.

In general, the value of your case will depend on:

  • The extent of your paraquat contact. Did you eat or drink the chemical in tainted food or water? Was it sprayed near your home, and you inhaled it? How much Paraquat were you exposed to, and for how long?
  • The severity of your medical issues. Parkinson's disease is different for each person. What are your limitations? Can you care for yourself, or do you need assistance? Are you in pain occasionally, frequently, or constantly? 
  • The length of time you will deal with Parkinson's disease. If you were exposed at a young age and developed early onset Parkinson's disease, you will have many more years dealing with this progressive condition than an older person who was recently exposed. 
  • The amount of financial losses you incurred. Are you incurring expenses annually, monthly, or daily? Have you lost your job because of the complications Paraquat created?
  • The emotional and mental anguish you face. How are you handling your diagnosis and treatment? How are your family relationships?

If you were in contact with Paraquat at work or exposed by a nearby agricultural business and developed Parkinson's disease, you may bring a mass tort claim against the manufacturers and request compensation for your losses. Talk with an experienced paraquat lawsuit attorney to learn more.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney For Help With Your Paraquat Lawsuit

Suffering the debilitating effects of Parkinson's disease as a result of chemical exposure is something no one should have to go through, especially not alone. Our paraquat lawyers want to support you during this difficult time by negotiating a settlement that compensates you for your physical, emotional, and financial losses.

The companies that manufacture and sell Paraquat have deep pockets and large legal teams ready to defend against these lawsuits. As a result, it's imperative that anyone who has been injured by these products partners with a legal team that has the resources and experience to challenge big corporations and succeed. To protect your future, we are prepared to take on these corporate giants, and we won't back down until justice is served.

Call Our Paraquat Attorneys for a Free Consultation

We offer free consultations for injured clients who want to explore their legal options. You can reach us at (727) 451-6900 or through our online contact form. The team at Lawsuit Legal News can provide valuable insight into the personal injury claims process as we help you recover the maximum compensation available for your injuries and related damages. Specifically, Matthew Dolman is an experienced Paraquat attorney who is representing a number of individuals in this lawsuit. 

We are confident in the science that individuals exposed to Paraquat are far more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. If you would like to learn more about the Paraquat Parkinson's disease lawsuit, feel free to email Attorney Dolman directly at matt@dolmanlaw.com.

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