Connecticut farm workers and those who live near agricultural areas in the state may be at risk if they have been exposed to a herbicide called Paraquat. This dangerous substance has been linked to cases of Parkinson’s disease. People who have been injured are now coming forward with lawsuits against the maker Syngenta.
Toxins in the environment can cause Parkinson’s
Research is increasingly showing that those who have either worked with Paraquat or live in areas near where it is used have developed cases of Parkinson’s disease at much higher rates than average. Parkinson’s disease usually results from a combination of genetic factors and the environment. When people are exposed to toxins, it greatly increases their risk of the neurological disease by damaging part of their brain. Farm workers are learning years later that they have been sickened after steady exposure to this dangerous substance.
The EPA refuses to ban Paraquat
Despite the growing reports of the dangers of Paraquat, the United States is one of the few remaining places in the world where Paraquat is allowed to be used. The European Union banned it long ago, and China recently outlawed its use. However, the EPA refuses to take action even after recently conducting another review. As a result, farm workers continue to be at risk of ingesting toxins that could cause them neurological problems and other personal injuries years in the future.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to Paraquat and injured, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The number of lawsuits is increasing, especially as some people learn that about the connection to their diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.