What is Paraquat?
The toxic chemical Paraquat has been used for years as an effective herbicide designed to control weeds and grass. In the United States, it can be purchased primarily as a liquid. There are different strengths of this liquid to choose from. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has Paraquat classified as “restricted use,” meaning it can only be used by people licensed for its application. The US form of this highly poisonous, plant-killing chemical contains a blue dye to reduce the chances of being confused with other, safer liquids such as coffee. Paraquat also has a very sharp odor that serves as a warning and includes a vomit-inducing agent if it is accidentally ingested. In other countries, however, these safeguards may not be included when Paraquat is purchased.
Paraquat is still a commonly used herbicide around the world and was originally introduced in 1961 for commercial purposes. In the United States, the chemical remains only for those who are commercially licensed, but that is not necessarily the case in other areas of the world.
Harmful effects from Paraquat exposure
Many people who were exposed to this herbicide have experienced complications, which may include Parkinson’s disease, as a result of their exposure. Parkinson’s disease is a common neurological condition that may be brought on by external factors — including exposure to toxic and dangerous chemicals including Paraquat. Individuals who have handled and or applied Paraquat, have been exposed and mixed the chemical and have developed Parkinson’s disease or other serious health complications may be entitled to compensation.
Paraquat Lawsuit Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been exposed to this chemical and have experienced negative health effects from it, reach out to our experienced legal team for the support and guidance you need in a difficult time, and let us discuss your case and the potential for compensation today. At Campbell & Associates, our phone lines are open 24/7. Call 704.333.0885 for your free case review.
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