People who have been exposed to paraquat herbicide and suffered complications including Parkinson’s disease can file a Paraquat lawsuit. Paraquat is widely used for controlling weed and grass as one of the world’s most commonly used herbicides.  According to research, exposure to some chemicals in paraquat may be associated with the development of serious health issues, including Parkinson’s disease. Those who have been seriously affected by the herbicide can pursue a claim and recover compensation with the help of a paraquat lawyer.

What is Paraquat?

Paraquat chloride is a highly toxic chemical mainly used for grass and weed control, as well as a defoliant on crops before harvest. In the U. S., it is available in liquid form with a blue dye. Exposure to this chemical can happen in different ways including ingestion or swallowing, mixed with food and beverages, inhalation, and skin exposure. The people who are most at risk of exposure to paraquat are licensed applicators.

Risks and Side Effects of Paraquat

When ingested in a huge amount, paraquat can cause instant pain and swelling of the mouth and throat. Also, those who ingest the chemical may experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdomen al pain.  Serious symptoms may result in dehydration, low blood pressure, and electrolyte abnormalities.

If paraquat is ingested in small to medium amounts, it can the development of adverse health effects within several days to several weeks. These include kidney failure, heart failure, lung scarring, and liver failure.

Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes brain cells to progressively die. This disease shows symptoms such as rigidity, tremors, impaired balance, and extreme slowness. Those who have Parkinson’s may also suffer other symptoms like difficulty speaking and swallowing. Scientists suggest that exposure to herbicides or pesticides may cause the development of Parkinson’s disease. Those who have been injured by Paraquat herbicide may recover money for medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering with the help of their Paraquat attorney.