San Antonio Paraquat Lawsuit Attorney
Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide used in commercial farming. Agricultural workers are at the highest risk of exposure to this product, but others who live near commercial farms can suffer some of the side effects from chronic exposure. One of those side effects is Parkinson’s disease. If you or a loved one suffers from Parkinson’s disease because of Paraquat exposure, contact a Paraquat injury attorney at The Law Office of George Salinas for a free case evaluation. You may recover compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages.
Paraquat and Parkinson’s DiseaseThe European Union and China have banned Paraquat, but not the United States. The Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council has found a significantly increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease—up to 320 percent higher than the general public—for those who were chronically exposed to the agent. Even with the evidence showing that Paraquat increases the chances of developing Parkinson’s disease, the EPA recently reapproved the use of this poison on farms in the United States.
About ParaquatThis herbicide was first used in 1961. Its full name is paraquat dichloride. Farmers use it to prevent grass and weed growth near their crops. Because this chemical is highly poisonous, you need a special license to use it. The manufacturer also adds a blue dye to it to make sure people can tell that they shouldn’t ingest it.
Exposure to ParaquatThe most common way to get poisoned by paraquat is by ingesting it. However, it does have a blue dye, a bad odor, and a vomiting agent mixed into it. This prevents people from mistaking it for a safe beverage or mixing it with food or drink. This herbicide can also poison people via skin exposure, but this usually happens after long-term exposure or exposure to a concentrated version of the chemical. It can also cause poisoning in a shorter time if it gets into an open wound. Inhaling paraquat causes lung damage. You might inhale it if marijuana contains the herbicide. Some marijuana in the United States contains paraquat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The DEA used it in the 1970s to kill illicit marijuana crops. Reports surfaced that marijuana sprayed with paraquat made it to the street, where people bought and consumed it. Those who are licensed to use paraquat are at a higher risk of exposure. The poisoning severity depends on:
- The amount ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin or an open wound.
- Your general health when you were exposed to paraquat.
- Whether paraquat comes into direct contact with open wounds or the lining of your mouth, stomach, and intestines.
Symptoms of Paraquat ExposureThe symptoms of paraquat exposure depend on how much and in what way you ingest or absorb it. If you ingest a large amount, your mouth and throat may swell and become painful. Additional symptoms can include:
- Nausea and/or vomiting.
- Abdominal pain.
- Diarrhea, which could be bloody.
- Decreased sodium and potassium production.
- Low blood pressure.
- Acute kidney failure.
- Liver failure.
- Lung scarring.
- Weak muscles.
- Heart injury.
- A fast heart rate.
- Fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema).
- Respiratory failure.
- Lung scarring.
- Kidney failure.
- Liver failure.
- Heart failure.