PARAQUAT LAWYER IN HOUSTON
Paraquat Exposure Attorney Representing Texas, Oklahoma & California
Are you one of the many victims of Paraquat exposure? Did your loved one receive a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis after their Paraquat exposure? Are you seeking compensation for your damages and suffering?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need a qualified product liability attorney for your case. In order to achieve a recovery in your case, you need a qualified Houston Paraquat lawyer.
What is Paraquat?
This toxic chemical is commonly and widely used as an herbicide, or plant killer. Most users use the product for weed and grass control. The United States sees Paraquat's availability primarily in a liquid form, varying in strength. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Paraquat is a “restricted use” substance. Essentially, users of this product must be licensed applicators of the Paraquat product. This is largely due to its highly poisonous and toxic nature. Within U.S.-marketed forms of Paraquat, the liquid has a very distinct blue dye. It also has an extremely sharp and noticeable smell, along with an added vomiting agent. All of these safeguards are in place to prevent users of or individuals around the chemical from confusing it with a regular beverage. However, outside of the United States, Paraquat is not as highly regulated, and therefore does not have these added safeguards.
What is Paraquat Poisoning?
Paraquat poisoning is extremely unpleasant and can even lead to severe illness or death. Typically, Paraquat poisoning usually occurs after ingestion of the chemical, but it is also possible after exposure to the skin or after inhalation. In terms of the extent of the damage, it depends largely on the amount of product consumed, the manner of consumption or contact, the duration of exposure, and the health of the individual. Once the substance comes into direct contact with the mouth, stomach, or intestines, it causes direct damage. From here, the body's cells distribute Paraquat throughout, and the chemical reactions begin in other areas of the body, such as the lungs, liver, and kidneys.
What Does Paraquat Do To Humans?
As we mentioned before, Paraquat is extremely toxic and dangerous. Immediately after ingestion, victims usually experience pain and/or swelling of their mouth and throat. Then, paraquat victims experience gastrointestinal issues, like nausea and vomiting, as well as abdominal pain and diarrhea. Severe instances of these symptoms may result in low blood pressure or dehydration.
Ingesting a small to medium amount of Paraquat often leads to the development of the following issues within several days to several weeks.
- Scarring of the lungs
- Liver failure
- Kidney failure
- Heart failure
Ingesting large amounts of Paraquat often leads to even more severe problems within a few hours to a few days. Bear in mind that these symptoms do not automatically mean that someone experienced exposure to Paraquat. These are simply symptoms associated with severe Paraquat exposure and ingestion.
- Comatose state
- Acute kidney failure
- Elevated heart rate
- Heart injury
- Liver failure
- Scarring of the lungs
- Muscle weakness
- Fluid in the lungs
- Respiratory failure
Is Paraquat the Same as Agent Orange?
Agent Orange is its own blend of herbicides, used in the Vietnam War from 1962-1971 in order to remove tropical foliage. This foliage acted as cover for enemies, and thus was eliminated through the use of the powerful concoction. The deadly byproduct of Agent Orange, dioxin, caused serious health issues for both the Vietnamese people and for returning U.S. soldiers and their families. These health issues include cancer, birth defects, rashes, and other neurological or psychological problems.
What is Paraquat Used For?
The chemical is used as a commercial and agricultural herbicide. As one of the most widely-used herbicides in the United States, it is very prevalent, especially in rural areas. Many individuals also refer to it as Gramoxone. The chemical is extremely important for weed control and the desiccation (moisture removal) of plants like cotton before harvest. Currently, homeowner and residential area use is not permitted. As we stated before, Paraquat is classified as “restricted use,” meaning that only trained and certified applicators may use it.
What is Paraquat Found In?
Paraquat Dichloride is actually a chemical found in many different end products. It is the active ingredient in many products, such as Gramoxone, Firestorm, Helmquat, and Parazone. It is toxic to both humans and animals, as well as corrosive to aluminum. In general, the herbicide is safe and effective for certified applicators to use, if they use the product as directed.
How Do I Prove I Was Exposed to Paraquat?
One of the ways individuals prove their exposure to Paraquat is by examining the short-term and long-term effects of the exposure. Surviving the initial effects of exposure is an important victory, but long-term effects still exist for this dangerous chemical. Below, we list some of the long-term effects of Paraquat exposure.
- Kidney failure
- Heart failure
- Scarring of the esophagus which makes it difficult to swallow
- Development of Parkinson’s disease
Keep in mind that your Paraquat lawyer will work with you to determine the best way to prove your exposure to this toxic chemical. It may be that viewing your work or medical history is essential to finding the proof your case needs.
Who is at Risk of Paraquat Exposure?
Because there is no consumer-approved version of Paraquat in the United States, only certified workers will find themselves exposed to this chemical. In general, those who work with it in commercial or agricultural settings are at risk. Below, we include a list of jobs that might see the use of Paraquat.
- Agricultural workers
- Paraquat applicators
At Reich & Binstock, we take pride in assisting those who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to Paraquat. We have more than 30 years of experience handling product liability and personal injury cases. Throughout all of our cases and litigation experience, we have believed that every client deserves to have their story heard.
Let us work tirelessly for you and your family to get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, call our Houston office at 713-622-7271 today.
Experienced Paraquat Exposure Litigation Attorneys
As a skilled and experienced Paraquat lawyer firm, Reich & Binstock of Houston are here to help those who developed Parkinson’s disease or other symptoms as a result of Paraquat exposure. Our aggressive and knowledgeable attorneys have won several multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. If you or a loved one suffered injuries or damages from exposure to Paraquat, we encourage you to contact our office right away. To schedule your free consultation, please call 713-622-7271 today.
There is a never a fee unless we recover on your behalf.