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Paraquat and Parkinson's Disease

Updated: May 8, 2022

What is paraquat?

Paraquat is a toxic chemical commonly found in herbicides to control weed and grass growth. Developed in 1961, paraquat is the most common herbicide worldwide. Due to its toxicity, it has been classified as a "Restricted Use Pesticide" by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and is only available to licensed commercial users. However, paraquat is banned in over 30 countries, including China, Brazil and the European Union due to its toxicity and suspected link to Parkinson's disease.

What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's disease is an incurable brain disorder causing movement abnormalities. Most commonly associated with tremors, Parkinson's symptoms include shaking, stiffening, slow movement, and difficulty with walking, balance and coordination. Symptoms worsen over time, often causing difficulties eating or talking.

Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
  • Tremors of the hands, arms, legs, jaw or head

  • Slowed movement

  • Stiff muscles

  • Impaired posture

  • Difficulty with coordination and balance, often leading to falls

  • Additional symptoms

    • Depression or other mood changes

    • Difficulty swallowing, chewing or speaking

    • Constipation and urinary problems

    • Sleep disruptions

How Law Office of Darren Wolf, P.C. Can Help

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease after using the weed killer Paraquat, please contact us as our attorneys can help you understand your case and legal rights.

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