Paraquat (Gramoxone) and Increased Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
Scientific studies strongly suggest chronic exposure to paraquat may be linked to an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. If you or a loved one was exposed to paraquat and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, contact our dedicated legal team for a free case evaluation.
About Paraquat (Gramoxone)
Paraquat (gramoxone) is a toxic chemical that is primarily used as an herbicide (plant killer) for weed and grass control. It has been commercially available in the U.S. since 1966. In the United States, paraquat is classified as “restricted use” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meaning it can be used only by licensed applicators.
Because paraquat is highly poisonous, the form that is marketed in the United States has a distinctive blue dye, a sharp odor, and an added agent to cause vomiting if ingested. Exposure to Paraquat can occur through the skin, as well as through inhalation and ingestion.
About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder. Symptoms start gradually then worsen as the condition progresses over time. The disease can cause a number of movement issues such as tremors, muscle rigidity, cramping, and bradykinesia (slowness of movement). Non-motor issues may include, but are not limited to, mood and sleep disorders, fatigue, cognitive changes, and vision problems.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but certain medications or surgery may improve symptoms. In recent years, an increasing number of scientific studies have connected Parkinson’s disease to environmental exposures like pesticides and herbicides.
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If you or someone you know has used Paraquat and has been diagnosed with a movement disorder, you may be entitled to compensation. Click, Chat, or call 1800LAW1010 24/7 to determine what legal action you may take related to exposure to this product.