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Who Is Eligible To File A Lawsuit?

The paraquat lawsuit claims that paraquat, a popular weed and weed killer, causes Parkinson's disease in humans. The manufacturer claims that the manufacturer is aware of the risks but does not warn the public. People with Parkinson's disease after prolonged exposure to paraquat may qualify for paraquat Parkinson’s claims.

According to a 2017 letter from the Parkinson's Integrated Advocacy Council to the EPA, people exposed to paraquat and a pesticide called maneb are 600 percent more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. There is no official position from the EPA or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the association of paraquat with Parkinson's disease. 

Legal Challenges Grow Over Paraquat's Alleged Parkinson's Disease Connection

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However, a number of studies show that chronic exposure to herbicides increases the risk of disease. The study looked at the health of American farmers and linked paraquat use to the development of Parkinson's disease.

Documents received by a lawyer representing a farmer injured in a paraquat lawsuit show Syngenta has withheld evidence of paraquat's link to Parkinson's, the Guardian reported. Syngenta rejects any wrongdoing or any evidence linking paraquat to Parkinson's disease.

Who has the right to sue?

Pickers, growers, licensed applicators, and other farmworkers who have been exposed to paraquat and who have Parkinson's disease may have the right to sue Syngenta and other growers.

If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and you:

  • Works for a company that uses paraquat and is confronted with it
  • Works for a licensed company to use paraquat
  • Were trained and licensed to use paraquat