Plaintiffs from around the USA are submitting their claims against Syngenta - manufacturers of the Paraquat herbicide. These hard-working growers are making claims that they were unaware of the serious health risks associated with being exposed to the herbicide Paraquat, and some state that they have developed serious health conditions including Parkinson's.
These complaints are being filed by growers, farmers and agricultural workers who had several interactions with Paraquat that include:
Our Paraquat attorneys are here 24/7 to accept calls from growers, farmers, agricultural workers, and even callers who live in close quarters to crops and farms where the dangerous chemical herbicide was used.
Our experienced lawyers will be summarizing various lawsuits as they are filed, on our Paraquat Claims Center blog.
No, this is not technically considered a class action paraquat lawsuit. We feel that class actions are more applicable when the damage to all consumers or members of the class is nearly identical. In this instance, the severity and extent of injuries vary greatly from farmer to farmer. From that perspective, we intend to file each case as its own lawsuit.
An MDL in federal court occurs when the cases are consolidated for litigation purposes. All discovery can be distributed and shared throughout all of the cases, and most often occurs where there is a common defendant. Various states have their own versions the federal court's Multi District Litigation in state court.
A Paraquat Multi District Litigation (MDL) has not yet been established in federal court. There are plaintiffs in the USA coming forward alleging that Syngenta's herbicide caused their Parkinson's disease (a neurodegenerative disorder) or end-stage kidney failure, and if there are a large volume then there could be an MDL.
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Researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in conjunction with the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, conducted a study in February 2011 that suggested a link between exposure to Paraquat and similar herbicides and Parkinson's disease.
A study was conducted on individuals who used Paraquat in October 2012 . The study followed participants to measure how many were later diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The study concluded that farmers who used Paraquat, and who also had a specific genetic variation, had an increased risk to developing Parkinson's Disease. The study determined that those exposed to Paraquat were at an 11x greater risk for developing Parkinson's disease.
This study backs the findings by FAME referenced above and also found that Paraquat caused oxidative stress on brain cells and broke in December of 2016 where the outcome suggested that those exposed to Paraquat developed genes that could possibly result in developing Parkinson's disease. CRISPR is an advanced gene technology which can edit genes and is hailed as the future of medicine by many.
It is far too early to know at this stage in the litigation. A lot of discovery has to play out before we can really know the just compensation each and every plaintiff is due. Each case is also unique. These types of cases can take a long time to resolve - we are potentially talking several years until these cases come to an end. Our personal injury lawyers will need to prove a link between Paraquat and the medical conditions we allege in our lawsuits. We will need to provide and collect all medical expenses related to the conditions for every plaintiff. There's a lot of work going on in this case. We'll keep you up to speed on the lawsuit, and when it's time to value your claim, we'll be here to talk to you about that.
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Our attorneys have been asked if having tremors will qualify you for a claim. Tremors may indicate your Parkinson's disease is undiagnosed. Our firm will work with you to ensure you get fully evaluated to determine your conditions. Tremors can be fast twitching or a slowness of movement of your extremities.
Nothing - the consultation is 100% free. It costs you nothing to find out if you qualify. Our law firm will also front all litigation expenses.
And if we fail to recover compensation, you owe us NOTHING. You will only pay us for our legal services if we succeed in recovering compensation for you.
Call us today for a free consultation. We look forward to helping you get the justice you deserve.
Nature Chemical Biology - October 23, 2017: "A CIRSPR screen identifies a pathway required for paraquat-induced cell death" - by Colleen R Reczek, Kıvanç Birsoy, Hyewon Kong, Inmaculada Martínez-Reyes, Tim Wang, Peng Gao, David M Sabatini & Navdeep S Chandel. See
Farming and Movement Evaluation Study - February 2011 by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. See