Parkinson’s disease is a serious condition that impacts mobility and daily functioning. Paraquat, a popular herbicide, is linked to the development of this condition. If you believe that Paraquat exposure is responsible for your condition, you may be eligible for financial compensation – and an experienced Rhode Island Paraquat lawsuit attorney at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can represent your claim.
Why Hire Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC for Your Rhode Island Paraquat Lawsuit?
- Our attorneys will fight diligently for your right to maximum compensation. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
- We specialize in defective and dangerous product litigation. Our lawyers have the skills, experience, and knowledge necessary to craft a compelling case in your favor.
- Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. You will only be charged for our services if our Paraquat attorneys secure compensation on your behalf.
What Is Paraquat?
Paraquat is an herbicide used by farmers and other commercially licensed users in Rhode Island. In other countries besides the United States, Paraquat is banned due to its toxicity and highly dangerous nature. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Paraquat ingestion is often fatal.
Does Paraquat Cause Parkinson’s Disease?
Significant research has linked Paraquat exposure to Parkinson’s disease. According to a letter from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to the EPA, one study of farmers who mixed Paraquat found a 200% higher risk of Parkinson’s disease. Another study of young adults exposed to Paraquat found a 200-600% higher risk.
Were you or somebody you love diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to Paraquat? Contact a New Hampshire Paraquat lawyer at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC today to learn your legal options for recovery.
Stages of Parkinson’s Disease
There are five stages of Parkinson’s disease. Stage 1 is characterized by tremors that affect one side of the body. In Stage 2, symptoms affect both sides of the body and start getting worse. Stage 3 is considered mid-stage, and loss of balance and slowed movements are common.
In Stage 4, patients can stand without assistance but may require a walker to move. Stage 5 is characterized by debilitating symptoms and patients require around-the-clock care.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include the following:
- Slowed movements
- Tremors and shaking
- Stooped posture
- Loss of balance, leading to falls
- Loss of automatic movements, like smiling or blinking
- Speech and writing changes
- Rigid muscles
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Paraquat Lawsuits in Rhode Island?
In Rhode Island, Paraquat victims or their Rhode Island Paraquat lawyer must file a lawsuit within three years from the date of their diagnoses. If a lawsuit is filed late, the court will likely dismiss the case. If you believe that you qualify for a Paraquat claim, speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Rhode Island Paraquat Lawsuits
If you believe that Paraquat is responsible for your Parkinson’s disease, you may be eligible for financial compensation. By filing a lawsuit against Paraquat’s manufacturers in Rhode Island civil court, you can recover a settlement to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
To secure compensation in your claim, you will need to prove the following:
- You were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
- Paraquat is defective.
- Paraquat’s defect caused your Parkinson’s disease.
- You were using the product as the manufacturer intended.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for a claim, speak to a Rhode Island Paraquat lawsuit attorney at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Rhode Island Paraquat Lawyer
If you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to Paraquat, Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a Rhode Island Paraquat attorney.