If you or anyone around you has contracted a disease from using the highly toxic insecticide, paraquat, then your doctor may have advised you to seek financial compensation for your suffering. As it turns out, there are quite a number of herbicides used in agriculture, but it was not one of them that caused the massive health hazard in farmers and their families. So, instead of being angry with the manufacturers of the paraquat, the focus should be on how much compensation can you possibly collect for your suffering, as well as how much of your life is being contaminated by that dangerous insecticide.
As it turns out, there are many recent legal cases involving exposure to the herbicide, including one in which a woman won a lawsuit that was worth $2 million. This particular case involved excessive exposure to the hazardous herbicide, which apparently caused the woman to develop laryngeal cancer and persistent coughing. Other recent lawsuits have involved mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos fibers, as well as various eye and lung infections as a result of ongoing exposure to the harmful insecticide.
While the quantity of money awarded in recent lawsuits is not enough to cover the damages, you can certainly expect to be compensated for your pain and suffering, as well as for the medical costs related to your disease. In any event, the goal of the injured parties is to ask for as much of the responsible entity’s property as possible, in the hopes that they will pay for future medical care and repair expenses, as well as provide compensation for mental anguish. With all the legal issues involved, it is very important to hire a reputable and experienced lawyer to represent you in your lawsuit. There are many attorneys who work exclusively with manufacturers of this particular dangerous herbicide,
so it is critical to find one that has experience in such lawsuits. Your best bet for finding such an attorney is to ask those individuals that you know have had some experience with such lawsuits.
How Many Paraquat lawsuits have Been Filed?
This is a question that I think all sue-happy homeowners in California may be asking: How many Paraquat Parkinson’s lawsuit California have been filed? If you are not familiar with the term, “paraquat” is the official name given to the herbicide paraquat, used by industries like food processing and dairy to control weeds. The herbicide was approved in 1998 as an authorized user for “all turf and forage, for cattle and forage, for ornamental grain and forage”. It has been used throughout California and until recently, it has been deemed safe for use. But, recently there have been reports of the adverse health and/or psychological effects on animals exposed to the herbicide.
It is suspected that herbicides used to control weeds and dyes on crops also affect human health, particularly those exposed to the herbicide through ingestion or injection. The herbicide equine distemper is suspected in some cases of causing emaciation, colic, vomiting, lesions, liver and kidney problems, birth defects, and fertility problems in male horses. The lawsuit filed by KPBSI, a KPBS Inc. independent environmental safety consulting firm, and the National Association of Manufacturers of Lawn Care Products, against Syngenta USA, the manufacturer of the herbicide, claim that the herbicide poses a danger to humans and animals exposed to it. KPBSI is seeking compensatory and rehabilitation damages for the animals as well as KPBSI member companies contributing to the herbicide’s manufacture, use, and disposal.
There are also associations linking paraquat herbicides to cancer and neurological disorders. These associations include Parkinsons’ disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is important to note that KPBSI and other similar groups do not claim that the association listed above is proven. They simply claim that there is enough evidence linking the herbicide to these diseases to cause severe damage. KPBSI has done all that it can to learn more about herbicides and what role they may play in our environment.