In June 2021, dozens of lawsuits alleging that exposure to Paraquat, an acutely toxic herbicide, were consolidated in a multi-district litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of Illinois. As of November 1, 2021, there are more than 300 lawsuits in the MDL.
What is Paraquat?
Paraquat (paraquat dichloride) is an acutely toxic chemical used to kill weeds, grass, and other vegetation. Because of its toxicity, Paraquat has been banned in dozens of countries outside the United States. Although it is legal to use in the U.S., the EPA restricts its use to commercially licensed users, who are mostly industrial farmers.
Why Are People Filing Lawsuits Over Paraquat Exposure?
Over the last 10-15 years, a growing body of scientific research has linked low-level Paraquat exposure to Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's is a neurologic condition in which deterioration of brain cells gradually impairs the brain's ability to control movement and other motor functions in the body.
A 2011 study found that agricultural workers with 10 or more years of Paraquat exposure were three times more likely to develop Parkinson's Disease.
Then, in 2021, a French Study found that Paraquat exposure in pregnant women was associated with a type of prenatal neurotoxicity that is very similar to Parkinson's.
Overall, there is an overwhelming body of research that supports a causal relationship between Paraquat exposure and severe neurological injuries.
There are a number of products containing Paraquat on the market today:
- Para-Shot 3.0
- Helmquat 3SL
- Paraquat Concentrate
- Cyclone SL 2.0
The product liability attorneys at Keilty Bonadio are currently providing free consultations to those in our community who may have been injured due to Paraquat exposure.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to Paraquat and diagnosed with a neurologic condition such as Parkinson's, please contact us immediately. Your case may be subject to a strict statute of limitations and immediate action is critical.