Environmental toxins could be one driver behind a marked increase in Parkinson’s disease diagnoses, according to a new study published in the December 15, 2022 issue of NPJ Parkinson’s Disease. Authors of the study highlighted epidemiological data showing that the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease diagnoses in North America was greater than had been previously reported.
For two decades, scientists have been studying the effects of Paraquat exposure on humans. From one study to the next, these researchers have concluded that such exposure puts a person at greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. It is devastating news for farmers who regularly apply this popular herbicide and endure prolonged exposure to its dangerous properties.
A late October hearing signaled movement toward trial for plaintiffs demanding compensation from the makers of paraquat weed killer, reports US Right to Know. U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel of the Southern District of Illinois prompted attorneys in more than 380 cases to begin assessing plaintiffs.
The judge who is presiding over a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) for Paraquat lawsuits scheduled a conference for June 23, 2021, wherein defendants’ and plaintiffs’ lawyers will meet for the first time. Plaintiffs in the lawsuits consist largely of agricultural workers and farmers who developed Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to the Paraquat herbicide.
The first trial among multiple claims filed against Paraquat makers and distributors was delayed. It was the most recent of several delays for this highly anticipated litigation. The claim involves a man who developed Parkinson’s disease after decades of exposure to Paraquat.
Thomas Hoffman worked as a farmer. According to his complaint, the plaintiff was first exposed to Paraquat when he was in the fifth grade, and the exposure continued for decades in the course of Hoffman’s farming work. He died in 2017, only 23 days after filing his lawsuit.