A man spraying paraquat, a pesticide linked to Parkinson's disease

Tennessee Paraquat Lawyers: What You Should Know

The Tennessee paraquat lawyers at David Randolph Smith & Associates are investigating paraquat lawsuits, following scientific evidence linking the popular pesticide to an increased risk of Parkinson’s Disease.

According to the New York Times:

The pesticide paraquat can increase the risk of Parkinson’s by 150 percent.


“The pesticide paraquat can increase the risk of Parkinson’s by 150 percent. It has been banned by 32 countries, including China, but not by the United States, where use on agricultural fields has doubled during the last decade, the authors noted. Both TCE and paraquat were banned years ago in the Netherlands, and the incidence of Parkinson’s there has since declined.”

The emerging evidence suggesting that Parkinson’s Disease may be caused by environmental factors, including pesticides like paraquat, has led to litigation.

What is paraquat?

According to Consumer Watch:

“Paraquat is an herbicide (plant killer) used to kill weeds and grasses in commercial agriculture. Growers use it on crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grapes and alfalfa. In 2017, growers used over 10 million pounds of paraquat, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Some of the largest manufacturers of paraquat products include Syngenta, Chevron Chemical Company, Drexel Chemical Company and Helm Agro. Paraquat brands in the U.S. include Gramoxone, Quick-Quat, Parazone, Cyclone, Helmquat, Bonfire Herbicide and Firestorm.”

What can Tennessee paraquat lawyers do?

Paraquat lawsuits are a kind of products liability litigation. Specifically, our

Tennessee paraquat lawyers will argue:

“The makers of Paraquat (defendants) containing products were, under a duty to instruct (warn) applicators (generally farmers) of steps and precautions required to prevent human exposure to the toxic substance, in sufficient doses to cause adverse health consequences.

The manufacturers (defendants) failed to properly instruct applicators, regarding the steps and precautions required to prevent exposure to the toxic substance in sufficient dosages to cause the adverse health consequences the substance is known to cause.

Additionally, the manufacturers failed to instruct applicators steps and precautions required to prevent chemical trespass from overspray and chemical drift.

The defendants failed to fulfill their duties.

I’ve been exposed to paraquat and injured–what should I do?

Contact the Tennessee paraquat lawyers at David Randolph Smith & Associates right away.

We’ll hear the facts of your case and offer expert advice on what steps to take next,  and how to navigate your claim.  We have significant experience handling defective medical device lawsuits in Nashville and around the region.  We have performed extensive research on the origins and mechanism of paraquat injuries, including the link to Parkinson’s Disease. Contact us today.