exposed to paraquat and developed Parkinson’s disease, you may have a lawsuit

Paraquat is a weed-killing herbicide that’s restricted to commercial use only due to its high toxicity. Farmers and agricultural laborers are most at risk for exposure, but those who live near industrial farms may also be at risk of paraquat exposure. This toxic herbicide has been linked to many side effects, including Parkinson’s disease.



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Paraquat Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

According to the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council, evidence strongly suggests that chronic exposure to paraquat can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 200–600%.While paraquat has been banned in 32 countries across the world, including the European Union and China, it has not been banned in the United States yet. In fact, use of paraquat in the U.S. has only continued to grow in recent years.

Can I Claim Compensation for Parkinson’s disease Water Related Paraquat Poisoning?

Yes, if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease due to paraquat exposure, you may be eligible to file a paraquat lawsuit to claim compensation. Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide used for weed-killing purposes. Farmers, agricultural laborers, and individuals living near industrial farms are particularly at risk of paraquat exposure. This toxic herbicide has been associated with various side effects, including Parkinson's disease. Filing a paraquat lawsuit can help you seek financial compensation to cover medical expenses and lost wages.

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What Is Paraquat Poisoning?

First used in the 1960s, paraquat dichloride (more commonly known as paraquat) is a highly toxic herbicide used commercially to prevent weed and grass growth near farms and crops. In fact, paraquat is so toxic that a single sip can be lethal — and there’s no known antidote.

Paraquat poisoning can occur if an individual:

  • Inhales or ingests paraquat
  • Comes into contact with sprayed plants
  • Gets paraquat on their skin
  • Mixes, loads, or applies paraquat

Because of its high toxicity, paraquat purchased in the U.S. has several safeguards added to it to help prevent people from accidentally consuming it. These safeguards include a:

  • Blue dye to distinguish it from beverages
  • Chemical agent that induces vomiting if drunk
  • Strong odor for caution

When purchased from outside of the U.S., paraquat may not have these additional safeguards, making accidental consumption a greater risk. But these precautions don’t help those who were exposed to paraquat on the job or who live or lived near a sprayed area.

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and believe it may have been caused by paraquat poisoning, Sokolove Law may be able to help you.


Paraquat, also known as methyl viologen, is a widely used herbicide. It belongs to the viologen family, which consists of redox-active heterocycles. This herbicide acts quickly and is non-selective, effectively killing green plant tissue upon contact. However, it is highly toxic to both humans and animals due to its ability to produce superoxide anions through its redox activity. Paraquat has been linked to the development of Parkinson's disease and has been banned in several countries. . The name "paraquat" is derived from the para positions of the quaternary nitrogens in its chemical structure.

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YOU CAN FILE ON BEHALF OF YOURSELF OR FOR A FAMILY MEMBER THAT developed Parkinson’s disease, you may have a lawsuit

In 2011, a US National Institutes of Health study showed a link between paraquat use and Parkinson’s disease in farm workers. A co-author of the paper said that paraquat increases production of certain oxygen derivatives that may harm cellular structures, and that people who used paraquat, or other pesticides with a similar mechanism of action, were more likely to develop Parkinson’s.