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Illinois Paraquat Injury Lawyer

Chicago Toxic Chemical Exposure Attorney for Health Issues Related to Paraquat Herbicide

While herbicides are commonly used on farms in the United States and other parts of the world, these chemicals can be dangerous. Paraquat, one type of weed-killer that has been in use for more than 50 years, can be especially harmful, and exposure to this chemical can lead to a variety of serious health conditions. However, even though it is known to be highly toxic, paraquat continues to be widely used, especially when dealing with weeds that are resistant to other herbicides, such as Roundup. Those who come in contact with paraquat may experience severe symptoms. Long-term exposure may also cause multiple types of debilitating health conditions.

Companies that use toxic chemicals must follow the proper safety practices, and if they fail to do so, people working with these chemicals or others nearby may suffer severe injuries. When harmful chemicals are used as herbicides, agricultural workers or people who live near farms may experience long-term exposure to low levels of these substances, and this can result in chronic health issues. Our firm provides legal representation for those who have been injured by these types of chemicals, and we work to help victims take action against manufacturers of harmful herbicides or other parties who caused them to be exposed to unsafe amounts of toxic substances.

Injuries Caused by Paraquat Poisoning

Since paraquat is classified as a "restricted use" chemical by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it can only be used or handled by people who have the proper commercial licenses. Agricultural workers who use paraquat may be at risk of poisoning if they drink the chemical after confusing it with a beverage, inhale concentrated amounts of the chemical, or absorb the chemical through their skin. Symptoms of paraquat poisoning will usually occur immediately after exposure, and a person may experience severe, permanent injuries such as heart failure, respiratory failure, seizures, or coma.

Long-Term Effects of Paraquat Exposure

While paraquat has been authorized for use when it is properly diluted, it may still cause a variety of health issues for those who experience long-term exposure. One of the most significant issues is a higher risk of Parkinson's disease. Some studies have found that people who are exposed to paraquat at a young age due to living near farms where this herbicide was used have an increased risk of experiencing Parkinson's later in life. This chronic, progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder affects the neurons in the brain, leading to issues such as tremors, slowed movements, stiff muscles, problems with balance, and slurred speech. There is no cure for Parkinson's and no therapies or treatments that will slow or stop the progression of this disease.

Contact an Illinois Paraquat Herbicide Injury Attorney

If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease after being exposed to paraquat herbicides, our firm can advise you of your legal options. We will help you determine whether you can join mass torts against a manufacturer or another company that caused you to suffer harm. To get legal help with health issues related to toxic chemical exposure, contact us at Toxic Tort Injury Lawyers by calling 866-553-9812 and arrange a free consultation.

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