Paraquat Parkinson's Facts To Be Heard In June 2020 Bellwether Trial
Most paraquat plaintiffs are farmers from midwestern states growing corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton
Saturday, May 29, 2021 - The first lawsuit against Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. over their flagship weedkiller paraquat causing Parkinson's disease was filed in 2017 and begins in a couple of days on June 1, 2020. About 75 more cases have filed separate cases accusing the companies of knowing that paraquat causes Parkinson's disease. The company is accused of lying to government regulators and failing to warn consumers. Most paraquat customers are farmers in the midwestern states like Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois and grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton. Paraquat is the next deadly herbicide used when weeds have grown resistant to Roundup herbicide. Plaintiffs against Syngenta and Chevron have worked with paraquat regularly for many years and have inhaled and come into direct skin contact with the deadly defoliant. About half of its application is by individuals wearing paraquat-filled backpacks walking row by row and spraying it in-between crops. At other times, tons of paraquat are sprayed by airplanes over the entire crop before harvesting to dry it out and make it more profitable. This airplane spraying is subject to changes in the wind and can cause the deadly defoliant to drift with the prevailing wind and land on surrounding neighborhoods.
A mountain of scientific evidence may come to light by leading scientists and third-party researchers pointing to a connection between using paraquat and developing Parkinson's disease, a deadly, irreversible, and insidious neurological disorder. The National Institute of Health calls it a brain disorder that leads to "shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. Parkinson's symptoms usually begin gradually and get worse over time. As the disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking and talking." Lawsuits are being filed by the loved ones of Parkinson's disease through their Paraquat Parkinsons attorney, most of whom are available for a no-cost or obligation consultation should one feel so inclined as to seek monetary compensation. Legal experts worry that the number of plaintiffs making similar accusations against the companies could grow exponentially along with the exponential growth in using paraquat and the corresponding parallel growth in the number of people with Parkinson's disease. So strong a link has been established between using paraquat and developing Parkinson's disease that one Dutch scientist thinks the number of Parkinson's disease victims could double every few years into the foreseeable future and cause the disease to become a pandemic larger than Covid-19. According to Parkinson's News Today (PNT), Bastiaan Bloem, MD, a neurologist, and professor at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, says that "over the next 20 years, the number of people with Parkinson's disease (PD) will likely double - from the present 6.5 million to more than 13 million." Paraquat is banned in more than 30 countries including those that make up the European Union, China, and ironically Switzerland, the country where paraquat is manufactured. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stands by paraquat and approves its use subject to strict regulations like requiring applicators to become licensed and the product not be transferred into another container.
Lawyers for Paraquat Lawsuits
Attorneys handling Paraquat Lawsuits for leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and multiple myeloma offer free, no-obligation case review for individuals and families who believe they may have grounds to file a paraquat Parkinson's lawsuit. Working on a contingency basis, these attorneys are committed to never charging legal fees unless they win compensation in your paraquat Parkinson's lawsuit. The product liability litigators handling Roundup claims at the Onder Law Firm have a strong track record of success in representing families harmed by dangerous drugs and consumer products.