Dangers of Paraquat Dichloride in South Carolina
If you or a loved one have been affected by Paraquat, read our South Carolina Paraquat FAQ to learn more. Then, contact our attorneys.
Our Greenville personal injury lawyers know there are many dangers to agricultural farming including vehicle accidents or workers’ compensation cases, but did you know that there are many chemicals in agricultural farming that could affect your health? One of those chemicals is a product called Paraquat Dichloride, also known as Paraquat. In recent months, farmers who have been exposed to this product have come forward stating many side effects, which have been linked to the Paraquat product. At Christian & Christian Law, we give you an overview of Paraquat and answer your questions as to what to expect when you seek legal guidance.
What is Paraquat?
Paraquat is a toxic herbicide (plant killer) used in agricultural farming. Over the past 20 years, there have been links to the product and increased health risks that the scientific and healthcare communities have recently started to explore.
Is Paraquat Illegal to Use?
Paraquat is now banned across much of the world, but is still used in parts of the United States for people who are licensed applicators. Paraquat is one of two pesticides still used in the U.S. today.
Where is Paraquat Dichloride Found?
Paraquat is available for commercially licensed workers only, which means you have to call in a company to use the chemical. Paraquat was first introduced for commercial use in 1961, which means you could have been exposed years ago while working with the product.
Can Paraquat Result in Death?
Paraquat can be fatal when ingested or inhaled, which is why commercial workers wear protective gear. Nearly 70% of all people whom have ingested the product have died.
Does Exposure to Paraquat Cause Parkinson’s Disease?
While there isn’t evidence that Paraquat 100% is causal to Parkinson’s Disease, there has been growing studies that suggests the plant killer may play a role in Parkinson’s Disease if you’ve been exposed.
Why is the EPA Allowing Paraquat to be Used?
Though unclear, the EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, still allows use of the pesticide because they’ve determined that exposure usually happens during the mixing and loading process rather than the actual application of Paraquat. Paraquat is also a widely convenient pesticide for farmers looking for a fast plant killer in growing season.
What are Symptoms of Paraquat Exposure?
According to the CDC, ingestion or inhalation of the Paraquat pesticide can lead to immediate gastrointestinal symptoms like dehydration or low blood pressure. After several days to weeks of the exposure, you could experience kidney failure, liver failure or heart issues. It is imperative to seek medical attention right away if you develop any symptoms from Paraquat.
Learn About Legal Counsel from Paraquat Exposure
If you work in agriculture or for a company that has used the Paraquat chemical in South Carolina, you could be eligible for legal action. Our personal injury team in Greenville has the resources to guide you through a Paraquat Dichloride claim. Give us a call for a free consultation or set up a time one-on-one by meeting with one our professional Paraquat lawyers today.