What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Paraquat Poisoning?
Exposure to Paraquat, an extremely toxic herbicide, is linked to a number of severe health conditions, including Parkinson’s Disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, and multiple system atrophy. Victims exposed to this herbicide should seek medical attention and contact Babin Law, LLC for a Columbus Paraquat lawsuit lawyer.
Initial signs of toxic Paraquat exposure, also referred to as Paraquat poisoning, include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle weakness
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Elevated heart rate
- Lung scarring
- Pain and/or swelling in the mouth or throat
The longer you are exposed to Paraquat, and the higher the levels of your exposure, the more likely it becomes that you’ll experience these (or other) symptoms. Seek medical attention immediately if you’ve been exposed to Paraquat and feel sick.
Do I Have a Paraquat Lawsuit?
Lawsuits filed against Syngenta, Chevron, Inc, and Phillips 66 – the companies responsible for Paraquat – allege that Paraquat is a defective and unreasonably dangerous product because it increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease and other serious health conditions.
Some lawsuits even claim that the manufacturers knew about these risks but failed to disclose the information to consumers, thereby depriving them of the right to make informed decisions about the products they used.
You may have the right to bring a legal claim for damages if you have been:
- Exposed to Paraquat, and
- Formally diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease or another medical condition linked to Paraquat poisoning.
The best way to learn about your legal options is by contacting an experienced Columbus Paraquat lawsuit attorney near you in Columbus. Call Babin Law, LLC to discuss the details of your case today.
What Compensation Can I Recover with a Columbus Paraquat Lawsuit Attorney?
By filing a Paraquat lawsuit, you can seek to recover the compensatory damages you’ve suffered as a result of Paraquat exposure.
Compensatory damages include economic damages, which offset your financial losses, as well as non-economic damages, which make up for intangible and personal losses.
You can potentially recover compensation for:
- Present and future medical bills
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Nursing assistance
- Emotional distress
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death of a family member
Punitive damages may also be available if a jury finds that Chevron or Syngenta intentionally misled consumers about the safety of its herbicide.
Paraquat Lawsuits Consolidated into Multi-District Litigation (MDL)
By June 2021, thousands of Paraquat lawsuits had been filed in courts across the country. In June 2021, many of these lawsuits were consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
The MDL allows multiple lawsuits based on similar issues of fact and evidence to be tried before a single federal court judge. This can help to cut costs and accelerate litigation. So, thousands of Paraquat injury victims can benefit from shared resources and the oversight of a judge who is intimately familiar with the details of their cases.
Preliminary litigation – known as bellwether trials – was initially scheduled to begin in November 2022. However, Chief U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel has delayed the bellwether cases until 2023, pending the completion of discovery.
The Paraquat Lawsuit Attorneys at Babin Law, LLC Can Help You Seek Compensation
Exposure to Paraquat can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease by between 200 to 600 percent, studies show. If you or a loved one works with Paraquat or has been exposed for an extended period of time, you may be entitled to compensation for your health issues and suffering.
The experienced Columbus personal injury lawyers at Babin Law, LLC can help you stand up to the corporations behind the herbicide and fight to make things right.
We have decades of experience and genuinely care about each and every client we represent. We’ll fight to give you a voice and secure the substantial monetary award you deserve.
Your first consultation is free, and we work on contingency – so there’s no cost to hire our law firm unless we win your Paraquat lawsuit. Contact our Columbus office to learn more.