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Tulare County Paraquat Lawsuit Attorney

Parkinson’s disease can upend your life, resulting in thousands of dollars in medical expenses and requiring lifelong care. If you were exposed to the herbicide Paraquat before your diagnosis, you may have grounds for legal action – and the attorneys at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help. Our Tulare County Paraquat lawsuit attorneys can help you secure the compensation you deserve.

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

  • Our firm represents Paraquat victims in every state, including California. We partner with top personal injury and mass tort firms to provide the best possible representation.
  • Our California Paraquat attorneys have over 20 years of experience representing injured plaintiffs and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation.
  • We strive to provide open and honest communication throughout each stage of your case. We will always be available to answer your questions and update you on your lawsuit.

Tulare County Paraquat Lawyer

What Is Paraquat?

Paraquat is a toxic herbicide that is used to control weeds in agricultural and non-agricultural settings, as well as desiccate certain crops prior to harvest. Paraquat products are only available for licensed commercial purchase.

Paraquat Usage in Tulare County (1992–2016)

In Tulare County, which is lush in farmland, Paraquat usage is highly popular. As shown in this data table, Paraquat usage peaked in 1998, with an estimated 52,914.90 kilograms of the herbicide used in the area. Paraquat usage has declined slightly in recent years, with 38.951 kilograms used in 2016.

Year Estimated Paraquat Usage
1992 20,152.50
1993 23,482.50
1994 23,135.30
1995 30,626.60
1996 33,095.30
1997 34,128.10
1998 52,914.90
1999 43,457.40
2000 44,594.00
2001 30,836.60
2002 37,743.50
2003 43,272.90
2004 42,798.80
2005 47,648.00
2006 42,603.00
2007 45,060.90
2008 36,938.50
2009 34,342.50
2010 31,522.80
2011 31,909.90
2012 31,490.60
2013 24,672.10
2014 30,758.50
2015 37,390.00
2016 38,951.00

Does Paraquat Cause Parkinson’s Disease?

A growing body of research suggests that Paraquat may cause Parkinson’s disease. Researchers believe that Paraquat affects dopamine levels, which may trigger Parkinson’s symptoms. According to a 2018 study from the University of Guelph, farmers that used Paraquat are 250 percent more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. If you or a loved one developed Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to Paraquat, speak with a Tulare County Paraquat lawyer as soon as possible.

Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition with symptoms that worsen over time. There are five distinct stages of this disease.

  • Stage One Parkinson’s is characterized by mild symptoms that do not interfere with daily tasks. Tremors and other symptoms typically affect one side of the body only.
  • Stage Two Parkinson’s involves worsening symptoms that affect both sides of the body. Walking issues and poor posture may occur.
  • Stage Three involves mid-stage symptoms such as loss of balance and slow movements. While the patient is independent, daily tasks may become much more difficult.
  • Stage Four Parkinson’s patients may require a walker to move around and may suffer difficulties with daily tasks.
  • Stage Five Parkinson’s disease is the most advanced stage, often marked by an inability to stand or walk. These patients require live-in, around the clock care.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease symptoms progress over time and vary based on the stage of the disease. Common signs of this condition may include the following.

  • Tremors
  • Rigid muscles
  • Speech and writing changes
  • Slowed movement
  • Impaired balance
  • Stooped posture
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

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

If you believe that you qualify for a Paraquat lawsuit, it is important to act quickly and consult with a Tulare County Paraquat attorney. In California, product liability lawsuits are subject to a law known as the statute of limitations, which sets a time limit for filing a claim. If you do not file your Paraquat lawsuit within two years of your Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, the court will dismiss your case.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Tulare County Paraquat Lawyer

If you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Paraquat exposure may be responsible – and the Tulare County Paraquat lawsuit attorneys at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your path to maximum compensation.