[2022] Projected Paraquat Lawsuit Settlement Amounts

Why Is There A Paraquat Lawsuit?

Lawsuits and research from many different scientific institutions allege that the popular herbicide Paraquat is extremely harmful and toxic to humans and has shown to increase the risk of Parkinson’s Disease.

This herbicide has become a popular alternative to Roundup in the United States. Roundup has long been the preferred herbicidal agent for American agricultural workers, but as weeds and pests are becoming more resistant to it and lawsuits alleging dangers and injuries arise, farmers are turning to alternative herbicides and pesticides to treat their crops.

Paraquat has become the preferred herbicidal alternative in light of the issues surrounding Roundup, especially for soybean fields, where the number of pounds used is up fourfold over the last 10 years.

In 2016 alone, the United States sprayed 7 million lbs. of Paraquat over nearly 15 million acres of land.

But with this replacement herbicide, what new dangers could arise?

Frequently Asked Questions

Paraquat dichloride (Paraquat) is a chemical agent most commonly used as an herbicide. Although it was first produced more than 130 years ago, its application as an herbicide did not become popularized until the mid-20th century.

Paraquat is used as an herbicide agent on a range of more than 100 different types of crops.

Produced by Swiss company Syngenta, Gramoxone is the generic name of Paraquat used in farm fields across the United States.

Paraquat is banned in a number of countries, including the European Union, the United Kingdom, and China, but is still used in the United States.

Researchers have attributed exposure to Paraquat to the increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, prompting lawsuits to be filed by farmers against the chemical’s producers.

The projected Paraquat lawsuit settlement amounts depend on several factors and vary between lawsuits.

However, settlement amounts for Paraquat lawsuits are estimated to generally be in the range of $100,000-$150,000.

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Paraquat Exposure

Though Paraquat can now only be applied commercially and with a license in the United States as it is labeled a “Restricted-Use Pesticide”, Paraquat spraying continues to put farmworkers and chemical applicators at risk of dangerous and toxic exposure that can lead to various injuries, health effects, and notably the development of Parkinson’s Disease.

In February 2011, the National Institute of Health (NIH) conducted a study – the Farming and Movement Evaluation (FAME) – exploring claims that exposure to the popular herbicide Paraquat could be linked to a greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

FAME drew data from the Agricultural Health Study, a larger project that tracked more than 80,000 farmers, agricultural workers, and their spouses.

FAME researchers identified 115 individuals who had developed Parkinson’s, studying 110 of these individuals who were open to providing information on the herbicide they frequently used.

Using the FAME study, the NIH concluded that people exposed to Paraquat or another chemical called Rotenone developed Parkinson’s disease approximately 2.5 times more often than non-users.

People can be exposed to Paraquat through inhalation from aerial spraying of the chemical, ingestion from food or drinks Paraquat has somehow gotten into, or skin contact from touching plants Paraquat has been applied to.

Health Effects from Paraquat

Paraquat exposure can lead to a number of short-term and long-term health effects.

These health effects depend on the amount of time a person is exposed to the chemical, what type of exposure they experience, and how consistent their exposure is over long periods of time.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Paraquat exposure can lead to these symptoms:

Symptoms from short-term exposure (hours to days after exposure)

  • Acute Kidney failure
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Fast heart rate
  • Injury to the heart
  • Lung scarring (evolves more quickly than when small to medium amounts have been ingested)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain and swelling in the mouth/throat
  • Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)
  • Respiratory (breathing) failure, possibly leading to death
  • Seizures
  • Stomach pain

Symptoms from long-term exposure (weeks to months to years)

  • Long-term lung damage/scarring
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart failure
  • Liver failure
  • Esophageal strictures (scarring of the swallowing tube that makes it hard for a person to swallow)
  • Death (if large amounts of Paraquat are inhaled or ingested)

Parkinson’s Disease Resulting from Paraquat Exposure

Paraquat exposure has been most notably linked to the development and onset of Parkinson’s Disease, a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination.

Parkinson's symptoms usually begin gradually and get worse over time.

As the disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking, talking, and performing everyday tasks.

How Does Paraquat Exposure Cause Parkinson’s Disease?

Various research projects and scientific studies over the past 30 or so years have shown links between long-term Paraquat exposure and Parkinson’s disease.

The mechanism by which this occurs is called oxidative stress, an imbalance between free radicals (oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons) and antioxidants in the body, resulting in the damage and death of cells and potential onset of Parkinson’s Disease.

As mentioned previously, with the progression of Parkinson’s Disease, people may have difficulty walking and talking, and may experience mental and behavioral changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties, and fatigue.

Parkinson’s Disease is more common in men and is usually associated with older populations, but can also affect middle-aged people in early onset cases.

Not everyone who is exposed to Paraquat will develop Parkinson’s Disease, but people with genetic predispositions to the disease or long-term exposure to the herbicide are more likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

Rotenone Exposure

Rotenone is a naturally occurring compound commonly used as a pesticide, insecticide, and piscicide.

Like Paraquat, Rotenone has been linked to Parkinson’s Disease from long-term exposure.

Rotenone is used by fisheries to snuff out unwanted species or incapacitate fish of interest to researchers, potentially exposing fisherman and workers to toxic levels of the pesticide.

It is applied to fish populations through aerial spraying of waters, sprayers on the backs of workers or on boats, or underwater hoses, putting those in the area of spraying or those who may eat fish from sprayed waters at risk of exposure.

Most research on Rotenone’s link to Parkinson’s Disease has come from studying animal test subjects, which have displayed neurological defects from exposure to the pesticide.

As research is expanded upon, more will be known on the toxicity of Rotenone and its links to Parkinson’s Disease.

Can you Participate in the Paraquat Lawsuit?

If you have previously been exposed to Paraquat — or similar pesticide Rotenone — and subsequently developed Parkinson’s disease or signs of ongoing developing Parkinson’s, you may qualify to participate in the Paraquat lawsuit.

Contact the offices of TorHoerman Law today for a free, no-obligation Paraquat lawsuit case consultation.

Our experienced chemical exposure law team can help you assess your case and your best plan of action.

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