If you have developed Parkinson’s disease or experiencing any other health issue as a result of being exposed to Paraquat in Los Angeles, you can claim compensation via a Paraquat Lawsuit against the manufacturers of the herbicide. You need a trusted mass tort lawyer by your side to fight for your rights and make sure they are protected at all times. Rueb Stoller Daniel is a trusted name when it comes to mass tort lawyers in Los Angeles. Our team knows that a diagnosis like Parkinson’s disease can be devastating to you and your loved ones. We want to help ease your burden during these difficult times.
At Rueb Stoller Daniel, our team of highly experienced mass tort lawyers is here to guide you through every step of the legal process and fight for a fair trial or settlement that you rightly deserve. No matter how complex your case is, our lawyers can help create a claim, file a complaint, obtain a settlement, or go to trial if the need arises.
Our lawyers are here to protect your legal rights at any cost. You don’t have to pay our lawyers until they win the claim for you. Our team works on a contingency fee basis where you pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation once we win your case. Call Rueb Stoller Daniel in Los Angeles at 1-866-CALL-RSD to get help from the best lass tort lawyer to handle your Paraquat claim and obtain maximum compensation for your damages.
What Is Paraquat?
Paraquat is one of the most common herbicides used across the globe for the last 60 years. It is considered one of the most dangerous and toxic chemicals in the world. Gramoxone is the most popular trade name of Paraquat. The herbicide is sold under different other trade names, and China is the world’s largest Paraquat manufacturer currently. The herbicide has been banned or disallowed in more than 32 countries including countries of the European Union due to its acute toxicity.
Paraquat was originally synthesized in the late 1880s for other purposes. A research and development team at Imperial Chemical Industries or ICI in Britain discovered that Paraquat could be used as an effective herbicide in the agricultural sector. ICI began manufacturing a herbicide under the brand name of Gramoxone in 1962 – which included Paraquat as its main ingredient. Gramoxone became one of the most popular weed killers across the globe in the 1960s and 1970s.
Another herbicide by the name of Glyphosate became popular in the mid-1970s, and farmers started to use the new product instead of Gramoxone. Weeds developed resistance to Glyphosate, and Paraquat has become increasingly popular once again in the past 15 years. For example, Paraquat use in soybean farms across the United States has increased by 450% over the past 10 years.
The use of Paraquat has been banned in the rest of the developed countries (a total of 32 countries including the European Union). Even China (the largest manufacturer of Paraquat) and Brazil announced a plan to phase out the use of Paraquat due to safety issues.
A National Institute of Health study in 2011 revealed the link between the use of Paraquat and an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. In fact, low-level chronic exposure to Paraquat can significantly increase the risk of developing this condition. People who lived near a field where Paraquat was used had a significantly higher chance of developing Parkinson’s disease than people who did not live near farms.
What Side Effects and Injuries Does Paraquat Cause?
Ingestion of small and medium quantities of Paraquat can lead to the development of the following conditions within several days or weeks:
. Lung scarring
. Kidney failure
. Liver failure
. Heart failure
. Muscle weakness
. Birth defects
. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
What Do We Know About the Lawsuits Regarding Paraquat?
In St. Clair County, Illinois, a Paraquat lawsuit was initiated in October 2017 against Syngenta and Growmark, the manufacturers of paraquat on behalf of agricultural workers and farmers who were already exposed to the substance and developed Parkinson’s disease as a result. The plaintiffs claimed that they were unaware of the serious health risks associated with Paraquat. Multiple similar lawsuits were filed in California and are consolidated in Contra Costa County.
How Can Our Lawyers Help with a Paraquat Lawsuit?
If you or someone close to you has been exposed to Paraquat and developed Parkinson’s disease or any other health condition as a result, you can claim compensation from the manufacturers of the herbicide. The first thing is to consult with an experienced Paraquat mass tort lawyer at Rueb Stoller Daniel.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in filing mass torts or class actions in Los Angeles. Our team has helped recover millions of dollars in class-action lawsuits for our clients in the past. Our firm works on a “client-first” principle. Hence, they will always put your interests first and fight zealously for your rights.
What Is The Process of Filing a Mass Tort or Class Action?
Similar to any other personal injury lawsuit, there are several stages to a mass tort or class action lawsuit. Either party can lose at any stage or the case can settle at any point. Our lawyers won’t file a mass tort unless they are confident that the clients have a valid claim. To determine if you have a valid case, our lawyers will review a wide variety of records.
The lawyer will go through your entire medical history to know if you had a pre-existing condition. The mass tort lawyer needs to understand the consistencies between the injuries or illnesses of their clients. Once they have the required information, the Paraquat lawsuit is filed in a federal court. Before the court tries the entire group of cases, it will try a handful of cases – which is known as bellwether trials. The court will try the most serious cases first.
What Type of Damages Can I Receive if the Paraquat Lawsuit Case Wins?
Damages in tort are usually awarded to restore the plaintiff’s position to its original state. Damages are classified as punitive and compensatory damages. In fact, compensatory damages are further classified as special and general damages. Special damages include loss of earnings, property damage, and medical expenses. General damages include pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the defendant and deter similar actions from other people.
Is There a Time Limit to Filing a Paraquat Lawsuit?
Yes, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a mass tort lawsuit against the responsible party.
If you have been exposed to Paraquat and developed Parkinson’s disease or experiencing any other health issue, you can claim compensation from the manufacturers of the herbicide. Call Rueb Stoller Daniel in Los Angeles at 1-866-CALL-RSD to get help from the best lass tort lawyer to handle your Paraquat claim and obtain maximum compensation for your damages.