Product manufacturers have a duty to produce high-quality products that do not expose users to the risk of adverse health effects. If there is a risk that a product will affect those who are exposed to it to harm, the manufacturer usually has a duty to inform users of possible health risks.
At the moment, there is a growing number of Paraquat lawsuits in the US. Paraquat is a weed killer that has been extensively used across the country to control weeds for years despite the numerous health risks that it has for those who are exposed to it.
If you or a loved one have used or been exposed to Paraquat, you may be a prime candidate for a Mississippi Paraquat lawsuit.
At the law firm of Dalimonte Rueb Stoller, we are currently consolidating Mississippi Paraquat lawsuits with a view of filing a class-action lawsuit and mass tort claim lawsuit against the manufacturers of the herbicide.
If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by the toxic herbicide, our Paraquat lawyers can help you get compensation for all your financial losses and other damages you suffered after using or being exposed to Paraquat.
We have extensive experience in handling mass claims and it would be our honor to help you get justice in the form of compensation against the makers of Paraquat.
To get a free consultation on your Mississippi Paraquat lawsuit from our team of highly skilled and seasoned attorneys, call us any time of the day or night on [phone].
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What Is Paraquat?
Paraquat is a chemical herbicide that is mostly manufactured by Swiss-based agricultural products giant Syngenta, Chevron USA Inc, and Growmax. This herbicide was first produced in 1961 and in the following decades, it gained popularity due to its efficacy in controlling perennial weeds as Mexican Marigold as well as grass.
Over the years, it has also been used by farmers to help plants defoliate before they are harvested. The effectiveness of Paraquat can mostly be attributed to the fact that it inhibits the growth of plants by causing the deterioration and eventual death of plant cells through oxidation.
It is worth noting that Paraquat is the active chemical ingredient that causes the death of living cells in organisms that it comes into contact with. Though the patent for this herbicide is held by Syngenta, there are many factories across the globe that manufacture this product across the world.
In the US, Paraquat commonly retails under the brand name Gramoxone but you can also find in stores being retailed as Firestorm, Parazone or Helmquat.
In recent years, there has been growing concern over the harmful health effects caused by continuous exposure to Paraquat.
Studies carried out by multiple reputable institutions such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Institutes of Health as well as the EPA show that exposure to Paraquat can lead to serious health complications and exacerbate the spread of certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Based on the findings reported after extensive studies, over 32 countries across the world have banned the use of Paraquat. As it is, even countries that continue to produce the herbicide such as China have banned its use.
Though nations that neighbor the US such as EU countries and Brazil have banned the use and sale of Paraquat, the herbicide is still available in stores across the nation. Though you can still purchase and use Paraquat in the United States, the EPA has designated it as an agricultural product for restricted use.
What Side Effects Am I Likely to Experience If I Have Been Exposed to Paraquat?
There are several ways through which Paraquat can find its way into your body. Paraquat poisoning can include:
- Ingestion through the mouth
- Skin contact
- Consumption of water, plants, foods, or beverages that have been contaminated by the herbicide
If your body has been exposed to Paraquat through either of the means listed above, you are likely to start showing the side effects of exposure to the herbicide.
The symptoms that you display will depend on the length of time that your system has been exposed to the drug as well as the concentration of Paraquat in your body.
If you are exposed to high concentrations of Paraquat, you are likely to observe the symptoms listed below within a few hours or days.
- Increased heart rate
- Liver failure
- Acute kidney failure
- Respiratory failure
- Weak muscles
If you have been exposed to moderate concentrations of Paraquat over a long period of time, the following side effects may develop:
- Scarred lungs
- Chronic respiratory problems
- Kidney failure
- Heart failure
- Birth defects
- Early-onset Parkinson’s disease
- Early-onset Alzheimer’s
Note that studies are still ongoing on the negative side effects that may arise due to exposure to this herbicide. As such, this does not represent the full list of negative side effects that may arise after your system is exposed to Paraquat.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to Paraquat for a long duration of time or you have observed any of the symptoms highlighted above, you may be a prime candidate for our ongoing Mississippi Paraquat lawsuit.
At the law firm of Dalimonte Rueb Stoller, we are committed to helping you get compensated for medical expenses you incurred after being exposed to Paraquat. We are also strongly committed to bringing the product manufacturer to book for failing to warn customers of the potential health hazards that may crop up on using the herbicide.
To learn whether you are a great candidate for our class action Mississippi Paraquat lawsuit, contact us today by calling us toll-free at [phone].
Does Paraquat Exacerbate Parkinson’s Disease & Alzheimer’s?
Both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are degenerative disorders of the brain that mainly affect the motor system that controls movement. Studies show that the spread of these ailments can be hastened if there is excessive oxidative stress in the human body.
As we mentioned earlier, Paraquat derives its efficacy by killing living cells such as brain cells through oxidation. Once your body is exposed to Paraquat, it will slowly start killing cells in your body.
As your blood is recycled through the body, traces of Paraquat in the body usually go through a process known as ‘redox cycling’ which increases oxidative stress within the body.
As such, if you been continuously exposed to Paraquat, there is a high chance that you are likely to develop early-onset Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. In fact, studies done by reliable professional bodies and government-backed researches indicate that exposure to Paraquat can increase your chances of getting Parkinson’s disease by up to 600%.
This means that if you already suffering from either of these ailments, their symptoms can easily get exacerbated. This is why contacting an experienced Mississippi Paraquat lawyer is very important.
What Are the Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
Some of the most common symptoms that you may have Parkinson’s disease include:
- Muscle tremors when one is resting
- Muscle stiffness
- Cognitive impairment
- Slowed reflexes
- Impaired body balance
- Sleep disorders such as insomnia
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty talking
What Is the State of Paraquat Lawsuits in the US?
With each passing day, more and more people who were exposed to this Paraquat are enjoining class action lawsuits and mass tort claims against companies that manufacture Paraquat such as Syngenta, Growmax and Chevron USA Inc. To date, there have been thousands of lawsuits filed in both Federal and State Courts across the country.
In May 2021, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is set to make a ruling on whether Paraquat lawsuits should be consolidated into a multi-district litigation (MDL) case.
If the courts decide to enjoin separate cases temporarily into an MDL, only a few cases Paraquat cases will go to trial in a Federal Court. The results of the MDL lawsuits will set the tone on the type and amount of settlement that people with Paraquat lawsuits will eventually receive.
However, as it is, people are still joining both class action lawsuits and mass tort claims against Paraquat. To date, there have been no settlements made against people who have sued the manufacturers of the herbicide.
At Dalimonte Rueb Stoller, we are still welcoming people who have faced adverse health effects to enjoin our mass tort claim Mississippi Paraquat lawsuit against. You can get a free case evaluation from our experienced product defect attorneys by contacting us today. Remember that we are always open for consultation 24/7 throughout the entire year.
How Will an Attorney Help with My Mississippi Paraquat Lawsuit?
Mass tort claims or class action lawsuits tend to involve a lot of people. You can only get enjoined in either lawsuit if you have a strong case.
If you have suffered losses as a result of being exposed to Paraquat, we are here to help you get full compensation for any financial losses, suffering and damages that you incurred.
On contacting our lawyers, we will evaluate the particulars of your case and help you determine whether you should enjoin your case in a mass tort claim or class action Mississippi Paraquat lawsuit. We will then fight on your behalf to get you compensation from the manufacturers of this herbicide.
What Is the Process of Filing A Mass Tort Claim or Joining A Class Action Lawsuit in Mississippi?
As mentioned earlier, there are class action Mississippi Paraquat lawsuits and mass tort claims being filed against Paraquat across the United States. Determining the most appropriate type of lawsuit to lodge against Paraquat can be a daunting task. This is the reason why you need a team of experienced lawyers like our team at Dalimonte Rueb Stoller guiding you through the Paraquat lawsuit.
If you join a class-action lawsuit, your name will be added to a list containing hundreds of other claimants whose case particulars rhyme with yours. This means that you and other claimants in the lawsuit will have suffered similar effects after being exposed to Paraquat.
In a class-action lawsuit, the settlement given to all claimants enjoined in the Mississippi Paraquat lawsuit is usually equal.
If you join a mass tort claim, your claim will be gauged and handled separately. In a mass tort claim, all the claimants enjoined in the lawsuit typically suffer from different effects after using a product. This means that the settlement amount that is given to each claimant usually differs.
In a mass tort claim, the compensation you will be awarded will be based on the unique facts surrounding your case.
Note that each state has different rules and procedures to be followed when filing a mass tort claim or class action lawsuit. To understand which type of Paraquat lawsuit will work best for you, we recommend that you get in touch with us immediately.
What Types of Compensation Am I Likely to Receive If My Mississippi Paraquat Claim Is Successful?
Once a Paraquat lawsuit is concluded, you may receive the following types of compensation:
Compensatory (Economic) Damages
This type of compensation will be awarded to indemnify you for any monetary losses that you may have sustained after exposure to Paraquat. Compensatory damages may cater for things such as medical expenses, drug expenses and loss of earnings.
You may also receive compensation for intangible losses that you sustained after exposure to Paraquat. General damages will cater for things such as depression, trauma, anxiety, diminished quality of life, and loss of consortium.
Your overall compensation may also increase if the courts rule to fine Paraquat manufacturers for intentionally acting recklessly and putting the product users at risk.
Is There A Time Limit for Filing My Mississippi Paraquat Lawsuit?
Like other types of cases, Mississippi has a statute of limitations for filing class action or mass tort claims in defective product cases.
At the moment, people who have been affected by exposure to Paraquat still have a chance to lodge their claim cases.
Ideally, we recommend that you file your claim as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more about the statute of limitations for filing your Mississippi Paraquat lawsuit.
Contact Dalimonte Rueb Stoller Today to File Your Mississippi Paraquat Lawsuit
If you or a loved one suffered adverse health effects after being exposed to Paraquat, you have a chance to get monetary compensation for all the losses you sustained after coming into contact with the herbicide.
As the premier mass tort claim specialists in the state, we are currently taking on new Mississippi Paraquat claims. We have extensive experience litigating mass tort compensation claims across the entire country and we welcome the opportunity to help you get fully compensated for the losses and suffering you got after exposure to Paraquat.
Considering that mass tort claims like Mississippi Paraquat lawsuits have a statute of limitations, we recommend that you contact us today if you have suffered any harm after using Paraquat. We will carefully evaluate your case and then offer advice on the best type of lawsuit to file.
Whether you join our class action lawsuit or mass tort claim, you can rest assured that we will do all in our power to get you the maximum compensation possible.
To learn more about how to file your Mississippi Paraquat lawsuit with Dalimonte Rueb Stoller, you can get in touch with us by calling our toll-free number [phone].