Paraquat Parkinson's Disease Trials To Begin on May 10, 2121
Scientific studies will help explain the connection between inhaling paraquat with developing Parkinson's disease
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - Lawsuits were filed against Syngenta, the maker of paraquat, in Pennsylvania, California, and Illinois, adding to the dozen in California. Attorneys look to consolidate the proceedings because the claims are similar. Farmworkers and other occupational users of the weedkiller paraquat and people living and working near farms that spray the chemical are being stricken with Parkinson's disease, an irreversible, deadly neurological disease. People that have developed Parkinson's from inhaling paraquat exhibit severe physical debilitation such as stiffness, lack of coordination, uncontrollable shaking, loss of motor skills, and also dementia, the inability to recognize people they once knew. Parkinson's disease can be fatal leading to death. More than 10 million people have Parkison's disease, and the number is expected to double every few years. Attorneys for individuals that have filed lawsuits against the makers of Gramoxone (paraquat) think that the current number of cases is just the tip of the iceberg of what could become a large mass tort legal action like asbestos and tobacco.
Bellwether paraquat lawsuits will begin on May 10 of this month and focus on the avalanche of scientific evidence that links paraquat to Parkinson's disease. US Right to Know informed readers today that "Six more lawsuits alleging Syngenta's weed-killing pesticide paraquat causes Parkinson's Disease was filed last week in Pennsylvania, California, and Illinois, adding to more than a dozen similar lawsuits already filed in U.S. courts." Paraquat is banned in 30 countries including those in the European Union and China. When paraquat is inhaled it immediately attacks the cells that produce dopamine in the brain. According to Medscape, "Parkinson's disease caused severe disability or death in 25% of patients within 5 years of onset, 65% within 10 years, and 89% within 15 years."
Attorneys for the plaintiff will present the scientific evidence to back up the alleged link between Parkinson's and paraquat and also show that the defendants, Swiss-based Syngenta and Chevron USA, knew for decades that inhaling their flagship weedkiller could cause neurological impairment. New studies are published every day that link paraquat to developing Parkinson's disease. TandFonline.com investigated and found that "results from nine case-control studies indicated that Parkinson's occurrence was 25% higher in participants exposed to paraquat."
Experts in neurology are concerned not only for farmworkers that handle paraquat regularly at work but also for the millions of Americans that live and work near paraquat-sprayed farms. American Scientist has studied the problem that paraquat farm neighborhoods face and told readers: "People who simply live in rural areas have high rates of Parkinson's disease. These individuals may be exposed to pesticides in the air that can drift into residential communities. In addition, pesticides can contaminate groundwater or well water. Private wells are often shallow and maybe especially at risk for contamination from nearby pesticides. Moreover, in the United States, private well water is not subject to the same regulations as water that comes from public systems."
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