The Link Between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease

Anyone working with the Paraquat weed killer over a period of time may be at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. As a result, thousands of claimants have joined forces in a Paraquat lawsuit against the producers of this toxic substance.

As the mass tort lawyers at Rueb Stoller and Daniel know, the defendants aggressively deny the claim. One of their arguments is that the US Environmental Protection Agency still allows it to be sold and used on crops. Thus, the product is safe if it is used according to the instructions.

This is far from the truth, as we will show evidence indicating the link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s disease. Contact our law firm today for help if you believe you’ve been affected.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease and Its Symptoms?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive disorder affecting the nervous system and the body parts controlled by the affected nerves. At present, there is no cure for PD, just medication to slow down its progress and improve the symptoms.

In the early stages, the symptoms are mild and barely noticeable. However, they will worsen over time, to the point when the patient becomes unable to perform basic tasks.

The most common symptoms of PD are:

  • Tremors in the fingers and hands
  • Slowed movement (bradykinesia), evident in difficulty in getting up from a chair or shuffling of feet while walking
  • Muscle stiffness in various parts of the body
  • Loss of automatic movements, such as swinging the arms while walking
  • Stooping posture
  • Speech changes – speaking softly or slurring the words, developing a monotonous tone
  • Handwriting changes.

Causes of Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers have determined two major causes of Parkinson’s:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental triggers.

Exposure to chemical substances, such as weed killers (including Paraquat) is cited by doctors as one of the environmental triggers.

It is worth noting that a large study conducted in 2021 shows that the death rate from PD has increased by 63% across the United States over the last 20 years. The researchers analyzed nearly half a million deaths caused by PD in order to establish this staggering growth.

At the same time, an interactive map on the Paraquat use across the US shows a significant increase in the crop areas treated with this toxic weed killer.

farmers working with Paraquat are at risk of developing Parkinson's disease

Studies Show a Link Between Paraquat and Parkinson’s

Scientific studies point to a link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s disease.

The findings are centralized in a complex research paper. Nineteen researchers from different institutions and universities compared the findings of eight other studies, spanning from 1990 to 2010.

All these clinical studies involved patients with Parkinson’s Disease who were exposed to pesticides in the course of their work. One of these pesticides is Paraquat. The researchers’ conclusion is this:

“Our findings, considered together with earlier results, suggest that paraquat use plays a role in human PD. Because paraquat remains one of the most widely used herbicides […] this finding potentially has great public health significance.”

Who Is at Risk of Developing PD after Paraquat Use?

People exposed to the Paraquat weed killer over a period of time are at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. This means that many categories of people may be eligible to seek damages for developing Parkinson’s due to exposure to the weed killer, such as:

  • People who live or work on a farm.
  • Factory workers in facilities where Paraquat is manufactured
  • People licensed to apply Paraquat.
  • People living in agricultural areas where Paraquat is used.

Find Out If You Can Join a Paraquat Lawsuit

If you were exposed to Paraquat on a consistent basis and were diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you may have the right to join the mass tort lawsuit against the producers of the weed killer.

The best way of finding out if you have a valid case is to bring all the available employment and medical records to an experienced mass tort lawyer at Rueb Stoller Daniel.

Remember that you still need to comply with the statute of limitations in your state, so contact us at 1-866-CALL-RSD to schedule a free case review as soon as possible.