A mass tort lawsuit can occur when chemical exposures result in injuries and illness. Recently, there have been mass tort claims that involve using the herbicide paraquat, resulting in increased risk and diagnosis for Parkinson’s disease.
Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP’s team of Ohio mass tort lawyers can help you file and facilitate a paraquat lawsuit so you can get the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease as a result of exposure to paraquat, contact us to join the growing list of plaintiffs and get the compensation you deserve.
In the 1980s, a scientific experiment revealed that MPTP, a heroin contaminant, destroyed dopamine neurons, the same neurons affected in Parkinson’s disease patients. In addition, the investigation found that paraquat, an herbicide used for weed and gas control, shares the same chemical structure.
The primary exposure route to paraquat is during the mixing, loading, application, and post-application process. In addition, despite the herbicide not being registered for residential use, exposure is possible for individuals who live near farms that use the herbicide. In light of these discoveries, the scientific community has examined the effects of paraquat exposure on humans, specifically related to Parkinson’s disease.
Research published in the “American Journal of Epidemiology” in 2009 revealed that exposure to paraquat within 1,600 feet heightened Parkinson’s disease risk by 75 percent. In addition, the research showed that Parkinson’s disease is linked to pesticides that block the mitochondrial complex by producing intracellular molecules, damaging cells through oxidative stress.
In 2014, the “Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology” published findings related to environmental toxins and Parkinson’s disease, finding that individuals exposed to paraquat had a greater risk of Parkinson’s disease. What’s more, pesticide applicators who had applied paraquat suffered twice the risk of Parkinson’s disease than the general population.
In 2016, the EPA announced it would be re-evaluating paraquat as an herbicide, taking the link to Parkinson’s disease into account. Subsequently, in 2017, the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council sent a letter to the EPA before the agency’s paraquat registration review, connecting paraquat with the development of Parkinson’s disease symptoms and pathology. The letter was a plea, urging the EPA to deny paraquat’s re-registration.
Most recently, in 2021, the EPA released a decision for registration review, requiring mitigation measured to reduce the risks associated with paraquat to protect human health.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease due to exposure to paraquat, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The leading mass tort lawyers in Ohio at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP. will fight for you in securing the compensation you deserve. As outlined by the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council in 2017, here are the economic costs to a person who has Parkinson’s disease:
You can count on us to seek compensation for past and future medical and funeral expenses; physical and mental pain and suffering caused by injuries, treatment, and recovery process; wage loss and loss of estate; loss of earning capacity; enjoyment of life; and punitive damages.
Here at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP., our team of mass tort lawyers is here to hold large companies responsible for their actions that result in the injuries of Ohioans just like yourself. We’re here to help you file your mass tort paraquat lawsuits. Contact us today for a free consultation and secure rightful compensation if you or a loved one has Parkinson’s Disease due to exposure to paraquat.
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