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The History of Paraquat Lawsuits in the U.S.

Published on Oct 28, 2021 at 3:00 pm in Product Liability.

The History of Paraquat Lawsuits in the U.S.

Killing weeds and other grasses can help you keep your lawn or crops free from any harmful pests that could end up reducing your bounty. In order to keep those weeds in check, many farmers and others in the agricultural field use herbicides like Paraquat. However, studies show that weeds aren’t the only thing this chemical can kill.

If you’ve suffered harm from Paraquat use, then you could use the help of our experienced Paraquat lawyers.

According to research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, exposure to Paraquat within 1,600 feet of a home increases the chances of Parkinson’s disease by 75 percent for those within the home. Other health complications can result from this chemical, which is why many consumers and victims have chosen to take legal action.

In order to fully understand how you could file a claim, you’ll need to know what Paraquat is and the history of Paraquat lawsuits in the U.S.

What Is Paraquat and What Makes it Dangerous?

In short, Paraquat, also known as paraquat dichloride or Gramoxone, is an herbicide. It’s very widely used as weed and grass killer to control growth of them in areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the United States, it’s dyed blue to differentiate the harmful chemical from other liquids, like beverages, and is only allowed to be used by commercially licensed professionals because of its toxicity.

It’s also labeled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as restricted use, which contributes to the reason that it’s only allowed to be used by professionals who are licensed to do so. However, having a license to use the toxic chemical doesn’t protect you from it—it’s likely that those licensed to use it will be harmed just as badly because they’re directly exposed to large amounts of it.

Paraquat has been sold by many different manufacturers, including:

  • Syngenta
  • Chevron Chemical Company
  • United Phosphorous
  • Sinon USA, Inc.

This chemical is still sold and used today even though exposure to Paraquat has been linked to Parkinson’s Disease and other health complications, including death from too much exposure or the chemical being ingested. Exposure or ingestion could cause swelling of the mouth, organ failure, and brain fog, which could all lead to death.

Now that you understand the harms of Paraquat, let’s take a look at its history of lawsuits in the United States.

Lawsuits Against Paraquat in the Past and Now

Over the years, there have been many lawsuits against companies who sell Paraquat products. The reason consumers have sued Paraquat manufacturers is because they knew their product was dangerous and that a link had been found between the chemical and Parkinson’s Disease, among other conditions, and they failed to warn consumers.

Three main companies involved in these weed killer lawsuits so far are:

  • Syngenta
  • Growmark
  • Chevron Corporation

The earliest recorded lawsuits against a manufacturer for Paraquat causing a consumer’s Parkinson’s Disease, kidney disease, or other health complication date back to 2016. This shows that these lawsuits have been going on for years.

At first, the lawsuits were a combination of class actions and personal injury claims—plaintiffs were filing one or the other. However, more recently, plaintiff’s lawyers have petitioned to consolidate the lawsuits. In federal court, it would be more beneficial to bring these forward as one class action lawsuit because there are so many people who are involved now.

This could make joining the litigation more intimidating, but you still deserve justice. When you have an experienced lawyer on your side from Frost Law Firm, PC, you can rest assured that your case is as strong as possible and that we’ll fight to get you full and fair compensation.

Qualifications for Joining the Paraquat Lawsuit

The main aspect that your claim will rely on is proving you were exposed to the chemical. This can be difficult to do because it could have been years ago that you used the product, but you’re seeing the effects now. When you have an attorney on your side, they can help you collect the evidence you need to prove all the factors are present for your case.

Here are some of the qualifications for filing a lawsuit against a negligent manufacturer:

  • You worked in agriculture and used Paraquat
  • You lived in a house near a farm where the chemical was used
  • You work with commercial weed killers, like Paraquat
  • Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Diagnosed with other medical conditions, like kidney disease, that could be linked to the usage of Paraquat

Even if you used the herbicide as directed, you still could have suffered from too much exposure and it caused your health damages.

Frost Law Firm, PC Will Represent You

Being a victim of a dangerous product can be a lot to handle. When you decide to fight back against the company that harmed you, you can take some of that power back. Our lawyers understand that this is a vulnerable time and you likely want to focus on your health. That’s why we’re here to handle the legal side of things for you.

With our expertise at Frost Law Firm, PC, you can have peace of mind knowing we are building you a strong case so you can get justice for what you’ve suffered. Reach out to our office today so we can get started working for you.

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