More Suits Allege Herbicide Paraquat Causes Parkinson’s

Peter Angelos Law is investigating potential claims related to Paraquat exposure and a subsequent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Studies have detected an association between Paraquat exposure and Parkinson’s disease. Paraquat dichloride (paraquat) is a chemical agent most commonly used as a herbicide by farmers, ranchers, herbicide applicators, groundskeepers, gardeners, municipal workers, as well as others. If you or a loved one was exposed to Paraquat and were subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, please contact a lawyer at Peter Angelos Law.

Farmer riding a tractor into the sunset

Farmers and ranchers are two groups who could have been exposed to paraquat.

Additional Paraquat Lawsuits 

Legal troubles are growing for Syngenta, the manufacturer of paraquat. Here is a quick overview of some of the U.S. lawsuits facing the Switzerland-based Syngenta Group.

  • March 2021: Drubin v. Syngenta Corp Protection LLC, Syngenta AG, Chevron U.S.A Inc.
    • Durbin alleges that between 1983 and 2002, he was repeatedly exposed to, inhaled, ingested, and absorbed paraquat into his body as a part of working on a farm in Illinois.
    • According to the lawsuit, defendants knew or should have known the risk to farmworkers who used paraquat, worked nearby or entered fields and orchards where paraquat was used. In addition, this lawsuit alleges that the defendants concealed the risks to farm workers’ health.
  • March 2021: Rakoczy v. Syngenta et al. 
    • This lawsuit was filed on behalf of Paul Rakoczy, a former farmworker between 2013 and 2017 who was exposed to and absorbed, ingested, and inhaled paraquat while applying herbicide in Long Beach, California.
    • Rakoczy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in December 2015. At no time did anyone advise him that paraquat exposure could cause Parkinson’s. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants knew that paraquat exposure increased the likelihood of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s two to five times more than the average person but concealed this information.
  • February 2021: Runyon v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc et al and Piper v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc et al 
    • These two personal injury and product liability lawsuits were both filed in Illinois. Both Mr. Runyon and Mrs. Piper were diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
    • Both lawsuits convey that there was personal risk while preparing, using, and spraying paraquat and that both plaintiffs followed the manufacturer’s directions while doing so.
    • Both lawsuits allege that the defendants failed to provide adequate packaging and failed to provide proper warnings about paraquat.
  • December 2020: Kearns v. Syngenta et al 
    • This lawsuit was filed on behalf of former farmworker Micheal Kearns who was repeatedly exposed to paraquat as a crop duster in Illinois.
    • Kerns was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in November 2019. At no point was Kerns informed that exposure to paraquat could cause injury or Parkinson’s.
  • December 2018: Wendler v. Syngenta et al.
    • This lawsuit was filed by Lorena Wendler, Wendler’s spouse. The lawsuit alleges that Wendler’s Parkinson’s was caused by chronic low-dose exposure to paraquat while working in Illinois.
    • This lawsuit alleges that adequate directions for using paraquat were not provided as well as that the packaging of paraquat was inadequate and did not provide sufficient warnings about paraquat.
  • May 2018: Hoffman v. Syngenta et al
    • This lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 individuals and their spouses who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
    • The plaintiffs allege that the paraquat they were exposed to was defective, making it unreasonably dangerous. This lawsuit alleges that the manufacturers of paraquat failed to warn those using and who previously used paraquat about the risks of the herbicide. The lawsuit also alleges that the manufacturers were negligent in their role to advise those using paraquat of its dangers.

Seeking the Assistance and Guidance of a Product Liability Attorney 

If you or a loved one believe that you have been harmed by the usage or exposure to a pesticide such as paraquat, or another common product on the U.S. market, contact a trusted product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Peter Angelos, P.C.

Our team of experienced product liability attorneys can provide you with the legal assistance you need to fight for the conditions you or a loved one may have suffered. To learn more about our product liability area of practice, click here, or to speak directly with a member of our firm, call 410.649.2000 or click here to fill out a form.