5 FAQs about Class Actions Lawsuits in Ohio
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Many Ohio farmers & agricultural workers may be entitled to damages.
Paraquat dichloride (Paraquat) is a popular herbicide in the U.S. According to a 2011 study, long-term exposure creates roughly a 250% higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Despite already being banned in many countries over toxicity concerns, Paraquat is still used domestically to kill weeds and sold under names like Gramaxone, Firestorm, Bonfire, Devour, Helmquat, Ortho-Paraquat, Para-Shot, Parazone, Blanco, Quik-Quat, and others.
Known to be highly toxic, the EPA designated Paraquat for “restricted use” – meaning it only should be applied by licensed professionals. But as many crops became resistant to other herbicides, Paraquat use increased. Unfortunately, these restrictions don’t guard against long-term exposure and offer zero protection to the farmers and laborers who mixed, handled, and/or applied paraquat for years prior.
Several legal actions are now being pursued by the individuals and caregivers of those with Parkinson’s or other severe health problems, and Kisling, Nestico & Redick is ready to help. Let us explain your options and fight for everything you are entitled to.
Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative brain disorder resulting in tremors, rigidity, slow movements, impaired balance, and mobility issues.
According to research, Paraquat damages nerve cells by causing oxidative stress. This limits their ability to produce dopamine, which in turn may contribute to Parkinson’s disease.
As a central nervous system disorder, Parkinson’s patients experience the deterioration of nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls movement. When these cells are damaged, they produce less dopamine, which sends messages between other cells. Without enough dopamine, the body’s balance is disrupted, leading to the movement problems associated with Parkinson’s Disease.
Common Parkinson’s Disease symptoms include:
Over time, both motor and non-motor symptoms deteriorate, making day-to-day life more challenging. Sadly, there is currently no cure available for the disease.
While the precise cause of Parkinson’s Disease is still largely unknown, science does link the development of Parkinson’s to certain environmental factors, such as frequent exposure to harmful pesticides like Paraquat.
Farmers and agricultural workers across the country have filed lawsuits against Paraquat’s manufacturer, Syngenta Group, and others involved in its marketing and distribution, alleging they failed to warn them about the potential neurological effects.
KNR is incredibly proud of the verdicts and settlements that we’ve achieved. Many have exceeded millions of dollars and were instrumental in helping our clients rebuild their lives.
No two cases are the same, but you deserve the chance to recover what you lost.
If you or a loved one developed Parkinson’s disease or suffered adverse health effects related to long-term Paraquat exposure, KNR will assess your damages and eligibility for financial recovery. Your potential compensation may include your past & future medical expenses, lost income, pain & suffering, mental anguish, punitive damages, and wrongful death.
Recovering what you deserve can ensure you get the proper medical care and improve your overall quality of life. With our experience and resources, we can help secure what you’re entitled to without risk or up-front costs.