Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s can be distressing to say the least. The fact that you have to spend the rest of your life dealing with the symptoms – which will get worse over time – can be demoralizing for anyone.
While the exact cause of Parkinson’s remains unknown, there are several environmental triggers that can increase the risk of the disease to an extent. One such trigger is Paraquat – a herbicide which is commonly used by agricultural workers all over the country.
In this article, we take a look at the possible connections between Paraquat and Parkinson’s and why you might be entitled to compensation.
The Link Between Paraquat And Parkinson’s
Research shows that exposure to Paraquat can cause oxidative stress, which can disrupt the cells in your body and can lead to mitochondrial dysfunction. All of these factors can increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease significantly.
A study conducted by the University of Guelph found that exposure to Paraquat can increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease by as much as 250%.
Experts also say that people who are genetically predisposed to Parkinson’s disease must be cautious about handling herbicides and pesticides, as they are at a much higher risk of developing the disease compared to normal people. Low-level exposures can also cause them to develop the disease, even if they are otherwise healthy and do not have any comorbidity.
A number of other studies have also confirmed that there is a link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s, resulting in several lawsuits being filed against manufacturers. So if you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s – and if you have been exposed to Paraquat in the past – there is a chance you developed the disease as a result of Paraquat exposure.
Common Signs of Parkinson’s
Some common signs of Parkinson’s include:
- Muscle rigidity
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Slowed movement
- Stooped posture
- Changes in voice
- Changes in handwriting
- Difficulty in chewing and swallowing
- Loss of memory
The worst part about Parkinson’s is that it cannot be cured at all. While the symptoms can be controlled to a certain extent with the help of medications, it is not possible to stop the progression of the disease. The ongoing costs associated with managing the disease can be quite substantial.
This is why it’s paramount to consult an experienced personal injury attorney and find out if you can file a Paraquat lawsuit against the manufacturer(s) so that you can recover damages. Doing so can help you deal with the expenses associated with the treatment.
Looking to File a Paraquat Lawsuit? Trial Power Is Your Best Bet!
If you were exposed to Paraquat and have developed Parkinson’s as a result, the mass tort and class action attorneys at Trial Power can help you file a claim against the parties responsible.
The people behind Trial Power – Dana Kirk and Denman Heard – are award-winning civil litigators who have over 50 years of experience in handling personal injury claims. We can help you get justice and the restitution you deserve.
Contact Trial Power for a free and confidential review of your case with one of our Paraquat claim attorneys.