If you were exposed to the herbicide Paraquat, and have since been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the attorneys at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC are here to help. Our attorneys represent injured people nationwide and are ready to speak on your behalf. Schedule a free consultation for more information and the legal guidance you are looking for.
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What Is Paraquat?
Paraquat is a toxic chemical that is used to kill weeds. Due to its harmful effects, it is banned in 32 countries around the world, but not in the United States. Paraquat is used all over the U.S. but it is especially common in California, one of the breadbaskets of the world.
How Does Paraquat Increase Risk of Parkinson’s Disease?
Paraquat causes damage to the neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Loss of dopamine causes symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including the impairment in fine motor skills.
Any low-level exposure to Paraquat can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease – whether that is through swallowing Paraquat, or simply living in proximity to where the herbicide is being sprayed. In 2018, the University of Guelph conducted a study based on human cells. It revealed that exposure to Paraquat, as well as the fungicide Maneb, increased risk of Parkinson’s disease by 250 percent.
What Are Early Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease progress over time and during the four stages of the illness. They can vary from person to person, but fall in two categories: motor symptoms, which affect a person’s movements – causing stiffness and slowness, and non-motor symptoms, which affect other areas of the body, including sleep and moods.
In the early stages of the illness, a non-motor symptom is likely to show up first, followed by a subtle motor symptom.
In the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, common non-motor symptoms may include:
- Loss of smell
- Sleep disorders
- Depression and anxiety
- Fatigue, dizziness or fainting
Common motor symptoms may include:
- A tremor or slight shaking in one hand or another area
- Much smaller handwriting than before (Micrographia)
- Fascial masking, or the loss of facial expressions
- Stiffness while walking
- Difficulty standing up straight
If you experience or notice more than one of the following signs in yourself or in someone you love, schedule an appointment with a neurologist as soon as possible.
Contact a Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC Attorney Today
If you have been exposed to Paraquat anywhere in the United States, contact one of our attorneys at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC. By filing a lawsuit, we can’t reverse your diagnosis, but we can help you recover proper financial compensation to improve your quality of life in the future. We can hold the manufacturers of the toxic chemical accountable.
Call (800) 220-0984 or fill out this form online to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.