The popular pesticide paraquat has been applied on crops in the US since the 1960s, but lawsuits say that coming in contact with the toxic chemical is able to become the reason for causing Parkinson's disease in farmers. It is a popular herbicide because it efficiently removes unwanted weeds and grass, but paraquat is known to be highly toxic. The use of paraquat can cause acute multi-organ failure, which can be fatal.
Several manufacturers are now facing Syngenta paraquat accusations filed by people who claim exposure to paraquat caused them to develop Parkinson's disease, and lawyers across the country are accepting lawsuits.
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Litigation: Manufacturers have not warned of the risk of Parkinson's disease
The lawsuit alleges that manufacturers failed to warn the public that paraquat could cause Parkinson's disease and that their products were, among other things, design flaws. Many people filed a lawsuit against parachute manufacturers Syngenta and Chevron in February 2021. Paraquat had no warning that exposure could cause neurological damage, the lawsuit said.
According to the complaint, they did not know or could not have known that wearing gloves, masks, or other personal protective equipment could prevent or reduce the risk of Parkinson's.
Paraquat's Disease and Parkinson's:
The toxicity of the chemical is undeniable, but its connection to Parkinson's disease is more controversial. The lawsuit is based on research showing paraquat's neurotoxic properties.
Several studies have linked paraquat to Parkinson's disease. One study found that people who took paraquat and another pesticide called maneb had a 600 percent increased risk of developing Parkinson's. The Agricultural Health Study, a large study partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, found an increased risk of Parkinson's disease in paraquat farmers.