Florida Paraquat Lawsuit Lawyers
Often referred to as the “napalm of herbicides,” the highly potent and powerful weed killer paraquat has recently been linked to nearly 1,000 poisoning deaths throughout the United States. In addition to these fatalities, paraquat poisonings have also been tied to an alarming amount of Parkinson’s disease diagnoses for individuals who have sustained long-term exposure due to their prolonged usage of paraquat-based herbicides.
Created in 1961 for the commercial agricultural industry as a method of efficiently removing unwanted grass and weeds, paraquat is now used extensively and frequently by croppers & farmers all over the world as a primary method of clearing farmland and acreage between planting seasons. This chemical compound completely eradicates existing dead crops, pesky insects, and overgrown vegetation - essentially giving the planter a “clean slate” to cultivate new crops without having to worry about the residual rubbish from the previous year. However, as extremely effective as this weed killer can be, paraquat is also devastatingly dangerous for any individual who accidentally ingests or sustains prolonged exposure to the extremely lethal and toxic herbicide. For workers within the farming industry, this is an all-too common occurrence.
Although more than 30 countries around the world, including China and the European Union, have already placed import and export bans and restrictions against paraquat-based herbicides, the United States has yet to do much of anything about this wildly harmful and toxic substance. In fact, paraquat has recently become one of the highest selling weed killers in the country, and is still being commercially manufactured and sold throughout the entire U.S. under a variety of brand names including Gramoxone, Firestorm, Helmquat, Ortho-Paraquat, Para-SHOT, Parazone, and Quick-Quat herbicides.
The Legal Troubles Begin
The primary reason behind the latest increase in demand for paraquat-based herbicides is predominantly because the popular herbicide Roundup has recently been subject to a smattering of lawsuits from the product’s alleged connection to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma resulting from toxic exposure. The company’s litany of legal entanglements combined with strict foreign regulations has steered agriculturalists to seek out alternative herbicides, including paraquat. Now, after decades of expert research, it appears that paraquat will possibly suffer a similar legal fate as new scientific evidence has uncovered a direct correlation between the toxic substance and Parkinson’s disease.
Recent lawsuits filed on the behalf of exposure victims against top paraquat manufacturers Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC and the Syngenta Group allege that both companies had prior knowledge of the deadly and debilitating side effects that long-term paraquat exposures posed to the general public, yet they knowingly continued to mass produce and distribute the hazardous weed killer. These individuals and workers from all over the agricultural industry have since been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and medically linked to a multitude of disabling neurological issues, not to mention the approximate one thousand poisoning deaths and counting. Additional life-altering ailments & illnesses brought upon by exposure and interactions with paraquat-based weed killers include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Comas & Seizures
- Kidney/renal failure
- Hepatic/liver failure
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Pulmonary edema & respiratory failure
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Severe brain disorders
Fair & Just Compensation
If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or any other crippling and life-threatening conditions as a result of long-term exposure paraquat, you may be entitled to compensation. Here at the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., we will dutifully fight for your rights to attain lost employment wages, payment for past & future medical bills, procedures, and surgeries, as well as potential reimbursement for any emotional distress, mental anguish, suffering, and trauma that undoubtedly comes along with these incapacitating paraquat exposure injuries.
Contact Us Today
Since 1977, Florida paraquat lawsuit attorney James O. Cunningham has been dedicated to representing the victims of toxic chemical exposures with the utmost care and compassion. If you or a loved one have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease as a result of toxic paraquat exposure, please contact our office today at 877-FL-INJURY to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation.
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