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Paraquat Lawsuit Attorney

Seek Justice with Our Experienced Paraquat Lawsuit Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been exposed to Paraquat and was subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other serious health conditions, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler, our dedicated team of experienced Paraquat lawsuit attorneys in Baltimore, MD, is here to help you navigate this complex legal process and seek the justice you deserve.

What is Paraquat?

Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide widely used for weed and grass control in agricultural settings. Despite its effectiveness, it poses significant health risks to those who are exposed to it. Studies have linked Paraquat exposure to an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement and can lead to severe disability.

History and Development

While Paraquat remains a widely used herbicide due to its effectiveness in weed control, its high toxicity and associated health risks have led to significant regulatory scrutiny and legal challenges. Understanding the background and implications of Paraquat is crucial for those affected by its use and for policymakers aiming to balance agricultural needs with public health and environmental safety.

Paraquat was first synthesized in 1882 by German chemists. It gained prominence in agriculture in the 1960s when it was developed and marketed by the British company Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), which later became part of Syngenta. Due to its effectiveness in controlling a wide range of weeds and grasses, Paraquat quickly became a popular herbicide globally. It is often used for desiccating crops like cotton and as a pre-plant or pre-harvest treatment.

Despite its effectiveness, Paraquat’s high toxicity has led to stringent regulations and bans in many countries. In the United States, Paraquat is classified as a “restricted use pesticide” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meaning it can only be used by licensed applicators who have undergone special training to handle and apply the chemical safely.

Health Implications

Due to the serious health risks associated with Paraquat, numerous lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers. Plaintiffs typically argue that the companies failed to adequately warn users about the risks and dangers of the herbicide.

Acute Toxicity:

  • Poisoning: Paraquat is highly toxic if ingested, causing severe damage to the gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys, and other organs. Ingesting even a small amount can be fatal.
  • Symptoms: Acute exposure can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and respiratory distress.

Chronic Exposure:

  • Long-term Effects: Chronic exposure to Paraquat, even at low levels, has been linked to serious health conditions, most notably Parkinson’s disease. Studies have shown a significantly increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease among individuals exposed to Paraquat over extended periods.
  • Other Health Risks: Other potential long-term effects include lung damage, skin irritation, and potential carcinogenic effects, although the latter is still a subject of ongoing research.

Does Paraquat Cause Parkinson’s Disease?

Paraquat, a widely used herbicide, has been linked to an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

  • Research Findings: Numerous epidemiological studies have found a strong association between Paraquat exposure and the development of Parkinson’s disease. These studies indicate that individuals exposed to Paraquat are at a significantly higher risk of developing Parkinson’s compared to those who have not been exposed.
  • Population Studies: Studies conducted on agricultural workers, farmers, and those living near areas where Paraquat is used have shown a higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of Paraquat by individuals who have developed Parkinson’s disease, alleging that the companies failed to adequately warn users about the risks. These lawsuits seek compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Some cases have resulted in substantial settlements or verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs, reflecting the legal system’s recognition of the potential link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s disease.

While definitive proof of causation in a scientific sense requires extensive, long-term studies, the preponderance of evidence strongly suggests that exposure to Paraquat significantly increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to Paraquat and developed Parkinson’s disease, seeking legal and medical advice is crucial for understanding your rights and options.

Why Choose Us?

Results are one good reason to choose the Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler to represent you. As a former Golden Gloves fighter and union organizer, attorney Steven H. Heisler has gone up against formidable opponents many times and come out victorious. He continues to do so in the legal realm, this time for clients in need of valuable compensation.

When you choose attorney Heisler to represent you, you get the benefit of working with a firm that . . .

  • Has recovered millions of dollarsin compensation for clients
  • Has a nationally recognized trial lawyer as its founder
  • Has strong ties to the local community
  • Never backs down from a fight it believes in.

Our Paraquat lawsuit attorney in Baltimore can help you fight. Call our Baltimore office today at (410) 625-4878 for a free consultation and case evaluation today.

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand the concerns and uncertainties you may have if you or a loved one has been exposed to Paraquat and developed serious health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. This section aims to provide clear and concise answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Paraquat exposure, its health implications, and the legal options available to you. Our experienced attorneys are here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

Exposure to Paraquat can occur through:

  • Direct contact with the skin
  • Inhalation of spray mist
  • Ingestion, which is extremely dangerous and can be fatal. Agricultural workers, farmers, and residents near treated areas are most at risk.

Yes, if you have been exposed to Paraquat and subsequently developed Parkinson’s disease or other serious health conditions, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced Paraquat lawsuit attorney can help evaluate your case.

Compensation from a Paraquat lawsuit may include:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Punitive damages (in some cases).

The process typically involves:

  • A free initial consultation to evaluate your case
  • Gathering evidence, including medical records and exposure history
  • Filing a lawsuit against the responsible parties
  • Negotiating a settlement or taking the case to trial if necessary.

The statute of limitations for filing a Paraquat lawsuit varies by state. In Maryland, you generally have three years from the date of diagnosis or discovery of the injury to file a lawsuit. It’s crucial to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you meet all deadlines.

Look for an attorney with:

  • Experience in handling toxic exposure and product liability cases
  • A successful track record in securing settlements and verdicts
  • Compassion and dedication to client care
  • The resources to thoroughly investigate and litigate your case.

At the Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler, we are committed to standing by your side and fighting for your rights. If you have any additional questions or need personalized legal advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How We Can Help

Comprehensive Case Evaluation

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to evaluate your case. Our team will review your medical records, exposure history, and other relevant details to determine if you have a viable claim.

Gathering Evidence

Our attorneys will collect and analyze all necessary evidence, including medical reports, expert testimonies, and exposure records, to build a strong case on your behalf.

Aggressive Representation

We are committed to fighting for your rights. Our attorneys will aggressively negotiate with manufacturers and insurance companies or take your case to trial if necessary to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Us Today

Steve’s practice is limited to representing injured people, throughout Maryland and all fifty states. This includes consumers injured due to defective products. This is otherwise known as product liability and covers faulty products, manufacturing defects, and unsafe products.

If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of Paraquat exposure, don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact the Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Paraquat lawsuit attorney in Baltimore. Call us at (410) 625-4878 to get started.


Attorney Steve Heisler

Steve Heisler decided in 1996 that he was going to focus his law practice exclusively on injury cases. Since then, he has been representing injured people against insurance companies, disreputable medical practitioners and Big Pharma, and doing it with compassion, honesty and level-headed rationality. [ Attorney Bio ]