Paraquat has been used by farmers for decades as a weed killer. However, the National Pesticide Information Center states that death can occur from ingesting as little as two teaspoons of a Paraquat solution.
Unfortunately, despite knowing the risks associated with Paraquat, the manufacturer, Syngenta, continued to sell it without providing warnings or informing purchasers of its safety profile.
Do you believe that Paraquat exposure caused you to develop Parkinson’s disease, lung disease, or another serious illness? You may be able to file a lawsuit for compensation for your injuries. Get a free case evaluation from a Paraquat lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates today.
Who is Eligible to File a Paraquat Lawsuit?
Paraquat is so toxic, the EPA has declared that the herbicide is illegal to use without training and special certification. It has been known to cause lung, liver, and kidney problems if not handled properly. Paraquat may be labeled as other brand names such as Gramoxone, Weedol, and Quadris.
You may have been exposed to Paraquat and be eligible to sue the manufacturer if you were living or working on a farm where Paraquat was used for weed control. You may also be eligible if you handled it or came in close contact with someone who had been using Paraquat.
While there are many ways to get poisoned by Paraquat, inhalation or ingestion are considered the most dangerous. You may be exposed if you:
- Came into contact with the chemical outdoors
- Have inhaled air containing Paraquat dust or spray mist
- Touch plants treated with Paraquat
- Eat food contaminated with herbicides that contain Paraquat
Suing for Paraquat Exposure
There are several types of lawsuits that can be filed when someone has been injured or killed by Paraquat poisoning. The most common type of lawsuit is a product liability lawsuit. Here, the victim will claim that the manufacturer or distributor of Paraquat was negligent in their duties to provide a safe product to consumers.
Your Paraquat lawyer may argue that the manufacturer was aware of the risks associated with using the chemical but did not include adequate warnings on the product label or sell it in a safe container.
The second type of Paraquat lawsuit is known as a premises liability claim. This type of lawsuit claims that whoever owned or operated the property where the poisoning occurred was negligent. Property owners have a duty to keep visitors safe from dangerous conditions on their property.
Additionally, people who have lost loved ones due to Paraquat poisoning may bring a wrongful death lawsuit against Syngenta.
Talk to a Paraquat Lawyer if You Think You’ve Been Exposed
Legal issues can be intimidating, but many consumers just like you have won settlements. With an experienced attorney on your side, you have an opportunity to get the compensation you’re due.
If you feel you should be eligible for compensation, it is important to speak to a Paraquat lawyer about your case as soon as possible. Contact Craig Swapp & Associates for a free consultation by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-404-9000.