In recent years, it has become clear that paraquat—a type of herbicide—is highly toxic. Countless people have suffered severe health consequences due to exposure to this product, including Parkinson’s disease. When you are living with Parkinson’s disease after coming into contact with paraquat, an attorney could help.
Due to the link between this substance and serious health issues, numerous lawsuits against the manufacturer have been filed. If successful, these cases can provide financial compensation to the plaintiff. Now is the time to learn more about paraquat lawsuits.
The makers of herbicides, including paraquat, are front and center in these lawsuits. Numerous companies have relied on this substance, including Chevron Chemical and Syngenta.
These companies are believed to have done more than simply release a product that has deadly consequences for the public. The lawsuits allege that the company has been aware of the health risks linked to paraquat for years but continued to market the product anyway.
Lawsuits against these companies also rely on their failure to protect consumers directly from harm. They argue that the manufacturers should have provided warnings and safety usage guidelines to the public to prevent harmful exposure.
Research indicates a strong link between exposure to paraquat and Parkinson’s disease. In fact, scientific research reflects that a person who encounters this substance is 25 percent more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease compared to the general population.
These statistics do not tell the full story, however. In patients predisposed to the disease, the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s increases by as much as 600 percent. The existence of this link is important, given the devastating nature of the condition.
There is no obligation to hire legal counsel to pursue a paraquat lawsuit. However, mass tort cases are some of the most complex types of lawsuits and are ripe for mistakes that could damage the chances of recovering compensation.
Building a winning lawsuit also requires resources. From office support to access to legal research, it is vital for a plaintiff to have a team behind them.
These lawsuits are often filed in federal court, with some consolidated into something known as multidistrict litigation. This means legal claims from different areas could be heard together in front of a single judge to streamline the cases. Handling these lawsuits without an attorney is risky.
The right legal counsel could provide invaluable insight and support, from securing the appropriate diagnosis to developing proof that the plaintiff was exposed to these harmful herbicides.
A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can be one of the most traumatic events a family ever faces. While financial compensation cannot undo the harm a person has suffered, it can provide them with the resources they need to live comfortably and seek medical care. Reach out to an attorney today to discuss filing a paraquat lawsuit.
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