Is weed killer poisonous to humans? The toxic chemicals in some pesticides have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, cancer and other serious injuries.
Weed killers containing dangerous chemicals are used extensively throughout the United States, including Texas. They are used at farms and ranches and in other commercial operations. They may be sprayed at parks, schools, and other public places to eradicate grasses and weeds. Weed killers containing hazardous ingredients are also used by people in their yards and gardens. Exposure to the toxic ingredients in weed killers can cause severe and potentially fatal illnesses and poisoning injuries.
Some commonly used weed killers have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, cancer, organ damage, and other serious illnesses and injuries. When these toxins come in contact with the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes, are breathed in through the nose or mouth, or are accidentally swallowed, people get hurt. But that hasn’t stopped the profit-driven corporations that make these dangerous products from continuing to produce, market, and sell them, putting profits over people’s welfare.
Suffering the Harmful Effects of Weed Killer?
The harmful effects of weed killer have led to tens of thousands of product injury lawsuits throughout the country. And more are being filed all the time. Some of the lawsuits have resulted in substantial jury awards and settlements. Many lawsuits over weed killer products are still ongoing.
If you’ve regularly used commercial weed killer in your job or off-the-shelf weed killer products in your job or as a recreational gardener and are suffering from Parkinson’s, cancer or another harmful effect, contact us today. The accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant in Houston may be able to get you financial compensation.
Our attorneys are experienced in a wide range of serious product liability claims and lawsuits, and we care deeply about making our communities safer. We want to help you, too.
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You may be able to get payment for medical bills and other costs. Call us today at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 to arrange a free consultation. When billion-dollar chemical companies make herbicides that hurt innocent people, we are not afraid to stand up and help our clients get the money they need to move on with their lives. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started on your case, so don’t delay.
Can You Get Sick from Inhaling Weed Killer?
Is it bad to breathe in weed killer? The answer to this question is “yes.” Inhaling the spray mist from weed killer can cause burning in the nose, sinuses, throat, and chest. Depending on the type and toxicity of the weed killer, you could experience headache, vomiting, nausea, and even permanent lung damage. Over time, breathing in weed killers or otherwise being exposed to them can cause serious illnesses and damage to the body.
Does Weed Killer Cause Parkinson’s?
There are several weed killers commonly referred to as paraquat that have been strongly linked to Parkinson’s disease. Paraquat is so toxic that it requires special training and licensing to use. It is only available for agricultural and other commercial use by workers and can’t be purchased by the general public. While at least 32 countries have banned paraquat because of its dangers, including China, the United States has not.
The most popular brand of weed killer used in this country that contains paraquat is Gramoxone®, made by Syngenta. But there are dozens of other weed killer brands that also contain it. They are all potentially hazardous.
Which Pesticides Cause Parkinson’s Disease?
Paraquat is the most well-known weed killer pesticide that is thought to cause Parkinson’s. There are other types of pesticides thought to increase Parkinson’s risk as well. According to the American Parkinson Disease Association, paraquat and the crop insecticide rotenone have the most convincing data connecting them to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. The organization warns that people should consider limiting exposure to these chemicals. We agree with that warning.
How Are Pesticides Correlated To Parkinson’s Disease?
Agricultural workers who have been exposed to paraquat have a higher incidence of Parkinson’s than other people. Numerous studies have been performed that connect paraquat to Parkinson’s. Studies on mice have shown that the toxic pesticide kills off dopamine-producing neurons, or nerve cells, in the brain and nervous system. In humans, when these neurons die, Parkinson’s develops.
Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease Lawsuits
Lawsuits are being filed throughout the country due to the connection between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s after exposure to paraquat, the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant can advise you of your legal options for possible compensation.
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed but are showing symptoms of Parkinson’s, such as tremors or shaking, stiffened or rigid muscles, impaired movement or balance, or other common signs, we want to hear from you. Call our law firm today at (713) 973-8888 to toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 to arrange a free consultation and find out whether you might have a Paraquat exposure lawsuit.
Does Weed Killer Cause Cancer?
Some weed killers have been linked to cancer. One of the most well-known is the brand Roundup®, which is available off the shelf to consumers. This weed killer contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which is thought to cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that starts in the body’s germ-fighting system. It also contains a surfactant called polyoxyethylene amine, or POEA, that is carcinogenic. The Roundup weed killer has also been linked to additional types of cancer, including brain cancer, liver cancer, and leukemia.
Roundup has been the subject of thousands of lawsuits. The three suits that went to trial resulted in jury awards of $289 million, $80 million, and $2 billion. Since that time, Bayer, the maker of Roundup, reached a multibillion-dollar settlement to resolve thousands of outstanding claims.
Other weed killer brands that contain glyphosate and could potentially cause illness are Bronco®, KleenUp®, Rodeo®, and Glyphosate Plus®, to name a few.
Does Roundup Cause Parkinson’s Disease?
No—Roundup is not thought to cause Parkinson’s disease. Roundup doesn’t contain paraquat, which is the weed killer chemical most often linked to Parkinson’s.
Whether you have been exposed to paraquat and are suffering possible Parkinson’s disease, have cancer due to a weed killer or have sustained poisoning or other injuries from weed killer exposure, our attorneys may be able to help you get compensation. Compensation can help you pay for doctor bills and other damages due to toxic weed killer products.
Damages in Weed Killer Lawsuits
Depending on the severity of illnesses or injuries, damages in weed killer lawsuits could include:
- Reimbursement for current and future medical care. This could include doctor visits, hospital costs, medical treatment, drug costs, nursing care, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and treatment for other short- and long-term needs.
- Lost wages
- Compensation for loss of earning capacity if you can’t work any longer
- Damages for physical pain and the emotional trauma your illness has caused.
If gross negligence can be proven against the weed killer manufacturer, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish companies when they are especially negligent in developing, distributing, marketing, or selling dangerous products.
Filing a Weed Killer Lawsuit
If you have Parkinson’s disease, symptoms of Parkinson’s, cancer, organ damage or other illness or injuries after regular use of a toxic weed killer, we can advise about filing a lawsuit to get compensation. Our law firm offers free consultations so we can learn whether you may have a case. Once we accept your case, our product injury attorneys will file a legal claim on your behalf. We’ll prepare and file the paperwork and gather the evidence to prove that you were the victim of paraquat, glyphosate, or another hazardous pesticide. We’ll seek to get you a fair settlement from the weed killer manufacturer. If they don’t offer a fair settlement, or if they deny that their product caused your illness, we’ll fight aggressively for your rights and interests in court.
Our compassionate attorneys want to see justice done when innocent people are injured by dangerous products. Call us today at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 for a free case evaluation.
Contact Our Knowledgeable Houston Lawyers for Help Today
Becoming ill from a product that is legally sold and that you used according to directions is frustrating and confusing. You shouldn’t have to pay the financial cost for a company’s negligence when you are already paying the physical price.
We want to see that you get the money you deserve. Call us today at (713) 973-8888 to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We understand how to take on big corporations to get clients the best possible outcomes. And you have nothing to lose by speaking with us. We provide free consultations, and we only get paid if you have a successful recovery. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Houston law firm. We are on your side when you have been negligently harmed by dangerous weed killers.