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Fresno County Paraquat Lawsuit Attorney

Paraquat is a toxic herbicide that can lead to many dangerous conditions – including Parkinson’s disease. If you developed this condition after Paraquat exposure, Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC  can help. Our Fresno County Paraquat lawsuit attorneys can fight for your right to recovery, holding the herbicide’s manufacturer accountable for their dangerous product.

Why Hire Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC for Your Fresno County Paraquat Lawsuit?

  • We represent clients across the United States, including California. Our attorneys co-counsel with top personal injury firms to secure the compensation our clients deserve.
  • Over our 20 years of experience, our California Paraquat lawsuit attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts.
  • Our firm has developed a network of resources and expert witnesses we can use to craft a compelling case in your favor.

Fresno County Paraquat Lawyer

What Is Paraquat?

Paraquat, also known as Paraquat dichloride, is a toxic chemical used to control weeds and desiccate certain crops. It is banned in 32 countries, except for the United States, and can lead to death and severe injury if ingested. Paraquat use is especially common in agricultural settings in California. If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to Paraquat exposure, speak with a qualified Paraquat lawsuit lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your rights to fair compensation.

Paraquat Usage in Fresno County (1992–2016)

Paraquat usage is very common in Fresno County, thanks to the many agricultural operations in the area. Over the last few decades, Paraquat use peaked in 1995, with 104,376 kilograms used that year. The numbers have declined slightly since then but have remained very high.

Year Estimated Paraquat Usage
1992 73,207.60
1993 79,514.40
1994 96,245.60
1995 100,540.80
1996 98,799.70
1997 104,376.00
1998 113,303.10
1999 95,231.00
2000 104,174.20
2001 79,453.50
2002 85,748.70
2003 84,711.40
2004 91,419.20
2005 103,059.20
2006 98,750.90
2007 64,797.30
2008 57,345.80
2009 49,620.70
2010 59,421.20
2011 82,160.80
2012 75,962.00
2013 42,583.30
2014 39,047.60
2015 68,094.00
2016 80,012.80

Does Paraquat Cause Parkinson’s Disease?

Paraquat may harm the transmitters responsible for producing dopamine, which causes symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. According to a study of Central Valley residents who lived near fields where Paraquat was used, participants had an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease as high as 600 percent. Another study found that farmers who used Paraquat had a 250 percent higher chance of developing this condition. In the event you or a loved one developed Parkinson’s disease after exposure to Paraquat, consult a Fresno County Paraquat lawyer.

Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is characterized by five distinct stages that involve worsening symptoms:

  • Stage One symptoms are the mildest and do not impact daily activities, usually impacting one side of the body.
  • Stage Two patients may experience worsening symptoms that affect both sides of the body. Daily tasks may become more difficult and lengthier.
  • Stage Three patients may experience loss of balance and slow movements, causing falls. While patients are independent, symptoms may impair daily activities.
  • Stage Four patients experience worsening symptoms and often require mobility equipment.
  • Stage Five patients suffer from the most advanced symptoms and are unable to live alone. Patients require live-in care and may be unable to leave their beds.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition, meaning that it worsens over time. If you have developed Parkinson’s disease, you may notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Tremors or shaking
  • Loss of automatic movements
  • Rigid, stiff muscles
  • Small writing
  • Slurred speech
  • Stooped posture
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Slower movements
  • Difficulty with everyday activities

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Paraquat Lawsuits in Fresno County?

The statute of limitations establishes a time limit for filing a civil lawsuit, including Paraquat injury claims. Under California law, you have two years from your Parkinson’s disease diagnosis to file or the court will dismiss your case. To protect your right to compensation, it is important to speak to a Fresno County Paraquat lawsuit attorney as soon as possible.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Fresno County Paraquat Lawyer

A Parkinson’s disease diagnosis can impact your quality of life – and if you believe Paraquat is to blame, you may have grounds for legal action. In these situations, the lawyers at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help. Contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our Fresno County Paraquat attorneys.