Ever since Paraquat, a chemical herbicide used as a weed killer, was found to cause serious medical issues in humans, Paraquat makers have been facing multiple paraquat class action lawsuits across the country totaling over 90.
Paraquat dichloride, also known as paraquat, is a chemical compound manufactured by Syngenta, Growmark, and Chevron USA and has been a popular choice among homeowners and farmers as a weed killer.
While the herbicide is known for causing serious illness in case of ingestion, new cases show that it also causes Parkinson’s diseases in people exposed to it. This has led to a number of lawsuits against the makers by people who have claimed to be affected by the ill effects of paraquat. The main allegation raised is that the manufacturer did not properly warn about the potential health risks and possibilities of Parkinson’s disease associated with the herbicide.
Paraquat Class-Action Lawsuits
The key lawsuit was filed by plaintiff Paul Rakoczy against Syngenta and Chevron on the claims that he developed Parkinson’s disease after using Paraquat routinely for about four years from 2013 to 2017.
Rakoczy says that he was exposed to the chemical herbicide as he used it on his farm in the Long Beach, California area and was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in December 2015. Similar allegations have been put against Paraquat by another plaintiff Charles Adams against Syngenta and Chevron in April of this year, and he claims to have developed Parkinson’s disease after continuous use of Paraquat in Illinois in the years between 1960 to 1980.
And currently, with over 90 Paraquat class action lawsuits, many more plaintiffs have come forward with alleging that paraquat has been the cause for their Parkinson’s disease condition. The earliest paraquat lawsuit was filed in 2016, and there are several other litigations connecting paraquat exposure to other health conditions like kidney failures as well.
According to a June 22 court filing, it has been reported that 157 cases are pending in state and federal courts against Syngenta in relation to Paraquat. The Chinese-based chemical company, Sygenty, and the other defendants, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP and Chevron USA, have all denied the allegations.
Paraquat Exposure and Parkinson’s Disease
Several scientific studies and studies conducted by US government agencies have linked paraquat exposure to Parkinson’s disease, hence the drive for the Paraquat class action suits.
If you or any of your loved ones have been exposed to this chemical compound and have suffered any related medical conditions, you could seek the help of seasoned law firms to get the adequate compensation possible. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that currently has no cure. It is characterized by tremors, loss of balance, movement issues, and severe motor issues.
Remember that Paraquat also goes by several other names, such as:
And other versions of the same compound could be distributed worldwide without the necessary warning and information on potential health risks.
Besides paraquat, another herbicide called Roundup containing the active compound glyphosate is also linked with severe medical issues and capable of causing fatal side effects, including cancer.
Eligibility and Requirements
To qualify as a plaintiff in the paraquat class action lawsuit, you must possess the following proof of evidence:
- Proof that the plaintiff was exposed to Paraquat could be proof of using paraquat or proof of living near any facility that uses paraquat or proof of having worked for a company that uses paraquat.
- Proof that the plaintiff has developed Parkinson’s disease after exposure to paraquat.
- Proof linking Parkinson’s diseases to paraquat exposure. This can include your medical records and proof of using paraquat.
When you are filing your claim against Paraquat, you may have to choose between a class action lawsuit or multidistrict litigation. When you choose class action lawsuits, your claim is included with the claims made by the other members of the class action, and the settlements are divided among the plaintiffs based on certain factors, and all the claims are dealt with as a single lawsuit.
In the case of multi-district litigations, every claim is treated as an individual lawsuit, and settlements could differ depending on the individual factors of each claim. But the courts may group these multiple lawsuits together so as to save court time and resources.
Based on the lawsuit ruling, Paraquat lawsuit plaintiffs are liable to receive compensation the following damages:
- Medical expenses, both present and possible future expenses
- Compensation for the physical and mental ailment suffered
- Compensation for the wage loss suffered in the past as well as future
- Punitive damages
- Compensation for the loss of quality of life
- Wrongful death compensation
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