If you or someone you love has suffered illness or developed a disease because of paraquat exposure, you have the legal right to seek compensation for damages in civil court from the manufacturer.
Some paraquat victims choose not to file a lawsuit or struggle with the decision because they worry about the cost of hiring an attorney. Others find it difficult to see the benefits of taking legal action when dealing with so much stress from their illness or disease.
Paraquat has been around since the 1960s, and manufacturers are well aware of its dangers. In fact, only licensed applicators can use paraquat in the United States because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved it as a “restricted use” product. This toxic herbicide is so dangerous that the EPA requires U.S. manufacturers to put blue dye in the substance and a vomit-inducing chemical for those who accidentally ingest it.
You should not have to suffer because negligent manufacturers keep bringing an unsafe product to market. You deserve compensation for your illness or disease. Below, our Paraquat Lawsuit Lawyers take a closer look at some common reasons that motivate victims and their families to file a paraquat lawsuit.
Secure Compensation for Medical Bills and Related Expenses
Paraquat exposure comes with various symptoms and complications ranging from breathing difficulties to muscle fatigue to seizures, and more. Once someone starts experiencing symptoms, it’s not always simple for doctors to figure out the exact problem.
If you’ve suffered symptoms from paraquat exposures, you have likely had to pay for your:
- Ambulance service
- Emergency room treatment
- Emergency surgery or procedure to alleviate paraquat exposure symptoms, especially breathing issues
- MRIs, CT scans, and other diagnostic imaging
- Blood tests, urine tests, and more lab testing
- Doctor visits
- Specialist visits, typically with a neurologist
- Transportation costs to and from the hospital
Even with health insurance, these medical bills and related expenses quickly add up. You likely had to pay out-of-pocket co-pays, deductibles, and you might have maxed out your coverage in some areas.
Filing a paraquat lawsuit provides an opportunity to get reimbursed for the medical bills that have been piling up since you or your loved one began experiencing symptoms. You should not have to pay for your medical bills when negligent paraquat manufacturers know the product’s dangers and still put the public at risk for illness and disease.
Secure Compensation for Future Medical Treatment Costs
Unfortunately, paraquat exposure comes with long-term consequences for many who develop symptoms. Parkinson’s disease is among the most common and most serious long-term complications from paraquat exposure.
The possible symptoms that someone with Parkinson’s might experience is long and includes:
- Rigid muscle movement
- Difficulty with mobility
- Slow movement
- Sleep disturbances and nightmares
- Dizziness and balance issues
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of smell
Although researchers continue to look for a cure for Parkinson’s disease, they have not found one yet. The disease progresses over time, and doctors typically prescribe medication to provide symptomatic relief and slow the progression of the disease. In the most advanced cases, brain surgery might be an option.
Living with Parkinson’s requires patients to take costly medication for the rest of their lives. Additionally, some need regular physical therapy to avoid muscle atrophy, maintain movement, and allow them to live the best life possible.
Those who develop Parkinson’s because of paraquat exposure should not have to shoulder the burden of expensive medicine simply to slow the progression of their disease. When you file a paraquat lawsuit and win your case, you can get the compensation you need to ensure that you have the money for the treatment and care you deserve.
Provide Funding for Long-term Nursing Care
Loss of movement, rigid muscle movement, and other symptoms that impact mobility are common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Although medication provides drastic improvement for many, sometimes it does not work. In other cases, the disease finally progresses to a level where medication no longer helps patients cope with the disease.
Once a Parkinson’s patient has lost significant mobility, it’s difficult, if not impossible, for family members to provide the around-the-clock care their loved one needs. Families need to make the difficult decision whether to place their loved one in a long-term nursing care facility or let an outside agency provide private, in-home care.
Regardless of choice, the cost of long-term nursing care can bankrupt a family. According to the American Council on Aging, the average yearly cost of a nursing home is well over $90,000. In many states, families must pay at least $100,000 per year for long-term nursing care.
Health insurance does not cover the cost of a nursing home or private care. Medicare will not pay for nursing home care beyond 80 days. Medicaid does cover the cost of a nursing home, but families must have little to no income and no assets. Long-term nursing care places a massive financial burden on families unless the person who developed Parkinson’s disease purchased a separate insurance policy for nursing homes.
You or your loved one might not need long-term nursing care right now, or even in a few years. However, you will likely need it. Filing a paraquat lawsuit will help you ensure that you can pay for costly long-term nursing care when the time comes.
Replace Lost Wages and Lost Earning Capacity
Those who suffer paraquat exposure will likely miss some work from their illness. Whether they use paid time off to cover days away from their job or their absence is unpaid, they should not have to use benefits or lose income because of a negligent manufacturer.
Those who develop Parkinson’s disease because of their paraquat exposure will miss more work. Depending on the speed at which the disease progresses and the extent to which treatment helps a patient function day-to-day, a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be a catastrophic injury.
Catastrophic injuries refer to injuries that prevent someone from returning to their job or seeking future employment. Victims of catastrophic injuries lose the capacity to earn money. This devastates families when the person who was exposed to paraquat was the primary breadwinner.
Parkinson’s patients who suffer severely from rigid muscles, poor muscle movement, poor mobility, and slow movement struggle to do their jobs, and many must resign because of their condition. If you file a paraquat lawsuit, your attorney will help calculate your lost wages and lost earning capacity, if applicable, as damages for which you might receive compensation.
Provide Funds for Funeral/Burial After Losing a Loved One
Although people survive paraquat exposure and some live long lives with Parkinson’s disease, complications from exposure and Parkinson’s sometimes lead to the tragic loss of a loved one.
Some carry insurance to pay for a funeral and burial or cremation, but many families are not prepared for this situation. Funeral and burial costs are expensive but a necessary part of the grieving process. Some families must rely on fundraisers or rack up credit card debt to afford minimal arrangements for their loved one. They simply cannot afford to lay their loved ones to rest in the way they want.
If you file a paraquat wrongful death suit against the manufacturer responsible for your loved one’s exposure to the toxic herbicide, you can recover funeral expenses and burial or cremation costs if you win your case. Although you likely won’t receive compensation before funeral arrangements, compensation from a settlement or jury verdict in your favor can reimburse you for the money you had to pay out for end-of-life planning for your loved one.
Replace Lost Household Income
The loss of a loved one from complications from paraquat exposure or Parkinson’s disease leaves some families without income. Even someone who only worked outside the home part-time contributed to the household income.
Lost household income can financially ruin some families. The situation is far worse when the deceased provided most or all income for the family.
Examples of the financial struggles some families face after losing a loved one include:
- Foreclosure, eviction, and other housing-related struggles
- Vehicle repossession
- Massive credit card debt
- Loan defaults that tank credit scores
- Inability to pay monthly bills, such as electricity, internet, garbage, etc.
- Inability to purchase basic needs, such as food, clothing, and personal hygiene items
Taking legal action against the paraquat manufacturer responsible for the death of your loved one will not undo the harm. However, winning your case can provide funds to replace the income your loved one contributed. You can continue to afford your home, vehicles, and other debt obligations, and you will have the money you need to provide for your family.
Compensation can alleviate some or all financial difficulties experienced after the loss of a loved one, keeping families on solid financial ground and mitigating the economic struggles that come with their loss.
Hold Paraquat Manufacturers Accountable for Negligence
Decades of research have revealed the dangers of paraquat exposures to U.S. manufacturers, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deemed paraquat a restricted use substance for a reason. Paraquat manufactures know they are putting poison out in the world. In fact, several face lawsuits from those who suffered illness or disease due to their exposure.
Yet, money makes the world go round, as the saying goes. Currently, manufacturers would lose more money by stopping production of paraquat than by paying out settlement money or court-awarded damages. Each time someone successfully sues a paraquat manufacturer for toxic exposure, they increase the manufacturer’s cost of doing business.
Your case might not be the tipping point. However, if everyone who suffers illness or disease from paraquat exposure takes legal action to hold paraquat manufacturers accountable for negligence, the tipping point will occur eventually. It will be more expensive to compensate victims than to produce and market paraquat.
Protect Others from Falling Victim to Paraquat Exposure
The EPA and Congress have been slow to take further action to ban the use of paraquat in the United States. As more and more research comes to light that supports the link between paraquat and Parkinson’s, the government has refused to take serious action.
As discussed above, manufacturers driven by their bottom line have no financial incentive to stop production. The nation’s crops, from small farms and large agribusiness alike, still rely on paraquat and likely will for some time.
Spreading awareness about the problem of paraquat is one of the few ways to affect change. Each time a paraquat victim files a lawsuit against a negligent manufacturer, they bring more eyes to the issue at hand. As paraquat use and exposure continue to gain more attention, lawmakers and manufacturers will have no choice but to change the law and rules about use. If and when these changes occur, they can protect others from suffering illness or disease due to paraquat exposure.
It Doesn’t Cost You a Thing
Thousands of people suffer preventable injuries, illnesses, and diseases each day because of negligence. Yet, some chose not to take legal action. They don’t want to invest their time or bother with the details of their claim. Alternately, fear of the cost of legal representation is among the leading reasons people choose not to file a lawsuit for paraquat exposure or any other personal injury.
Filing a paraquat exposure lawsuit should not cost you a cent out-of-pocket. Personal injury law firms usually take on new clients on a contingent fee arrangement. Instead of paying an upfront retainer as you would for a tax attorney or divorce attorney, a personal injury attorney will take on your case with no up-front retainer, and deduct attorney fees only from any money you receive from a settlement or jury verdict in your favor.
You deserve compensation for your illness, disease, and related losses after paraquat exposure. Do not let the fear of money prevent you from taking action to recover damages. Instead, let an experienced personal injury attorney help and give you the best chance of a positive outcome for your case.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 N Belcher Rd
Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: (866) 612-3856