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What is Paraquat and Why is it so Dangerous?

By December 9, 2021June 14th, 2023No Comments

The Health Complications Related to Paraquat

Paraquat, a widely used toxic chemical for eradicating weeds and controlling grass, can have harmful effects on individuals who experienced long-term exposure. While the agent is used for commercial purposes on large crops and agricultural areas, people who work with Paraquat and residents who live in agricultural regions where Paraquat is used are at high risk of developing health complications. Here’s what you need to know about the dangers of Paraquat and what to do if you’ve been exposed.

How Toxic is Paraquat?

Paraquat has been banned in Europe, China, and other parts of the world but approved for legal use in the United States. Due to its dangerous toxicity, Paraquat marketed in the U.S. is made with a blue dye and a sharp odor to keep it from being confused with beverages like coffee. They’ve also added a vomiting agent to cause vomiting upon an accidental ingestion. Although Paraquat does not pose a risk to water contamination, living in an area where Paraquat is used can mean the risk of exposure to airborne particles leading to severe health problems. Read on to learn more about the health risks.

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What Are The Health Consequences of Paraquat Exposure?

According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Paraquat is highly linked to Parkinson’s disease. Despite the organization’s plea backed by well-founded research to stop the use of Paraquat, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re-approved it for use in October 2020. Paraquat will continue to remain legal for sale and use until 2035 — which means more potential cases of Parkinson’s from exposure.

In addition to Parkinson’s, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports exposure to Paraquat can also cause damage to the lungs, liver, or kidneys.

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s After Paraquat Exposure? We’re Here to Help.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other health problems after Paraquat exposure, you may be eligible to file a claim to receive compensation. Houssiere Durant & Houssiere, LLP has 40 years of experience in helping victims seek justice after being harmed by dangerous products. We are here to lend you support and protect your rights.

Contact our national lawyers today at (800) 914-2894 for a free consultation.