Rochester, New York, Paraquat Injury Lawyers

Elite Paraquat Illness Attorneys in Rochester, New York

Jed Dietrich, Esq., Highly praised as an American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys, and His Veteran Team of Attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Aggressively Litigate to Obtain the Best Outcome for Victims Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Serious Health Conditions After Being Exposed to Paraquat in Rochester, New York.

Paraquat Illness Attorneys in Rochester Paraquat is a dangerous weed-killing herbicide that is restricted to commercial use only because of its extreme toxicity. According to the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council, repeated exposure to the herbicide can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by as much as 600%. Farmers, agricultural workers, and families living near industrial farms are most at risk. Due to paraquat’s high toxicity, it has been banned in at least 32 countries throughout the world, including Brazil and China. Before 2017, anyone under the supervision of a certified applicator was allowed to mix and apply paraquat. This inevitably resulted in hundreds of thousands of agricultural workers without adequate training or certification being unnecessarily exposed to the chemical.

Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies the herbicide as “restricted use.” Meaning paraquat is only supposed to be applied by commercially licensed applicators. However, this classification has done little to reduce the use of the herbicide. Over the past decade, the use of paraquat has dramatically increased by more than 200% throughout the country. Even just skin contact is enough to cause paraquat poisoning. Many victims who were exposed to just small amounts of paraquat over time fail to recognize the resulting health risks until it is too late. If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease caused by paraquat exposure, even if it was many years ago, you should confer with a highly experienced toxic exposure attorney.

For the past 22 years, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has exclusively litigated serious personal injury and product liability cases. In 2005, Jed Dietrich, Esq. established the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. with a mission to provide the highest standard of personal injury representation to victims and their families. Our battle-tested attorneys have witnessed the catastrophic consequences that poisonous chemicals can have on a victim’s life, ranging from neurodegenerative disease to death. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s seasoned team of paraquat exposure lawyers in Rochester, New York, understands the severe emotional and traumas of developing Parkinson’s. Our primary objective is to assist in alleviating your legal burdens so that you can have more time with your family and receive suitable medical treatment. Awarded with a Better Business Bureau A+ Rating, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. will aggressively litigate to demand the best result for your ailment. Insurance companies have forfeited over $175,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements to compensate Jed Dietrich, Esq.’s clients, for their illnesses and related injuries. Please contact our elite team today for your free, no-obligation consultation. We are available twenty-four-seven by calling 585-939-3939 or by completing our online consultation form.

Am I Eligible to File a Paraquat Lawsuit?

Eligible to File a Paraquat Lawsuit Paraquat is sold throughout the country under various brand names, such as Firestorm, Devour, and Blanco. The herbicide is commonly sprayed on soybeans, wheat, corn, fruit, vegetables, and alfalfa. According to the National Water-Quality Assessment Project, paraquat has been heavily used around Lake Ontario and throughout Monroe County. Some victims accidentally ingest small amounts of the weed-killer, while many others are exposed through the air. Chemical particles can also be transmitted onto farm workers’ clothes and end up exposing entire families. Below our best of the best Rochester, New York toxic exposure lawyers have identified a list of potential plaintiffs:

  1. Households close to no-till farms;
  2. Farmers, farmhands, or other agricultural laborers who worked in fields the herbicide was used;
  3. Those who have or had restricted use pesticide licenses;
  4. Certified pesticide applicators;
  5. Individuals who worked closely with certified applicators or those who have restricted use pesticide licenses;
  6. Paraquat mixers;
  7. Anyone who transferred the weed killer to and from storage tanks or application equipment;
  8. Pilots and truckers that transported paraquat;
  9. Those who worked in paraquat manufacturing plants; and
  10. Family members of any of the above workers who were indirectly exposed to the herbicide.



How is Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosed?

Accurately diagnosing Parkinson’s disease in its early stages can be difficult. Currently, there are no practical laboratory tests or blood analyses for diagnosing Parkinson’s disease. Although lab tests and brain scans may be performed to rule out other conditions, brain scans with Parkinson’s sufferers generally produce normal results. The disease is diagnosed based on a combination of the patient’s medical history and in-depth neurological examination. The initial signs and symptoms are often falsely believed to be indications of normal effects of aging and other health conditions. Consequently, continuous observation may be necessary until the symptoms take on a persistent presence. Some procedures that can assist with diagnosing Parkinson’s disease include:

  1. Computed Tomography Scan: Also commonly referred to as a CT scan, this diagnostic imaging procedure uses a combination of the latest computer technology and x-rays to create cross-sectional images, horizontally and vertically, of the body. CT scans can show in-depth images of any part of the body, such as organs, muscles, bones, and fat.
  2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): This diagnostic technique uses a blend of radio frequencies, processors, and large magnets to generate detailed images of organs and bodily structures.
  3. Neurological Examination: Neurological examinations include evaluating both the patient’s symptoms and severity. Levodopa is used to screen for the presence of Parkinson’s. If the patient receives no benefit from levodopa, a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease may be questionable.

If you are concerned that you may have developed Parkinson’s disease or another chronic health condition after being exposed to paraquat, the University of Rochester Medical Center provides the widest range of neuro medicine care and neurosurgery throughout the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Western New York.

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s dedicated team recognizes that if you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s caused by exposure to paraquat, you may be concerned that you do not have all the information you need. No one deserves to suffer severe consequences due to negligent and irresponsible herbicide manufacturers. Although no amount of money can eliminate your pain and suffering, you may be entitled to pursue monetary compensation in a product liability lawsuit. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s elite Rochester, New York paraquat exposure attorneys will do everything possible to obtain the highest possible compensation and guarantee that justice is rendered. Contact our team of aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking attorneys today to learn more about your legal rights. We can be reached 24 hours per day and 7 days per week at 585-939-3939.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 585-939-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Rochester, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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