Signs of Exposure to Paraquat

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Paraquat dichloride, commonly known as “paraquat”, is a popular, fast-acting, non-selective herbicide agent used in the United States. Paraquat is known to be a toxic weed killer that is lethal at low doses, and exposure has been linked to adverse health effects, such as Parkinson’s disease.

Those that face the greatest risk of exposure to paraquat include the agricultural or other trades where workers apply the herbicide and come into direct contact with it: farmers, landscapers, groundskeepers, gardeners, herbicide applicators, and crop dusters, to name a few.

Have you had direct contact with Paraquat?

Signs & Symptoms of Paraquat Exposure

In general, you could be exposed to paraquat by inhaling it through the mouth or nose, skin exposure (i.e., mist or droplets getting into cuts) or ingestion.

  • If ingested or inhaled, you may experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, mouth/throat burns and swelling. Ingestion can be fatal.
  • If ingested in small to medium amounts, paraquat may lead to failure of organs including heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, lung scarring (within several days to several weeks).
  • Ingestion of large amounts can lead to acute kidney failure, confusion, coma, fast heart rate, injury to the heart, liver failure, lung scarring, muscle weakness, pulmonary edema, respiratory failure, and seizures (in a few hours to few days).

The CDC provides an overview and an extensive list of signs and symptoms of a paraquat exposure.

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Increased Risk of Parkinson’s disease

Researchers have concluded that paraquat increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease. While Parkinson’s disease can go undetected in its early stages, it eventually starts to affect the body:

  • tremors in the hands, fingers or limbs
  • muscle rigidity
  • balance impairment
  • bradykinesia (slow movement, including impaired gait)
  • speech impairment, including slurring, hesitation, and decreased volume
  • impairment of unconscious movements

Read: Paraquat Herbicide Lawsuits

If you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or kidney failure AND had direct contact to paraquat, you may qualify for a free paraquat lawsuit claim review.

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Due to the widespread use in farming and landscaping numerous lawsuits have been filed alleging the makers (Chevron and Syngenta) failed to disclose that the herbicide paraquat increased the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Legal actions allege that exposure to paraquat has either caused or increased the risk of the disease.

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If you or a loved one has been directly exposed to paraquat and has received a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, you may be eligible to bring a claim against the manufacturers for their failure to warn against the risks associated with it that may cover:

  • coverage for Parkinson’s disease treatments and medical expenses
  • compensation for pain and suffering
  • past and future lost wages

The lawyers at Nash & Franciskato can help you prove exposure to paraquat is what caused you to develop Parkinson’s disease. Since there may need to be in-depth investigations conducted, the time to request your free, no-obligation case review is today.

Call Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally. We will review your case in a free and confidential consultation with no risk or obligation to take legal action



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