Paraquat Lawsuit: Case Details, Side Effects, and Complaints

Paraquat is a weed-killing herbicide that was first introduced in the 1960s and is now used on a wide range of crops in the United States. The most frequent form of paraquat is in liquid form. It’s sprayed directly on plants and kills green cells as soon as it comes into touch with them. Paraquat is used to kill weeds and clear areas before planting crops. Paraquat use has risen in recent years as a preferred substitute for another commonly used and toxic herbicide.

Paraquat dichloride (“paraquat”), a widely used weedkiller, has been linked to major health problems, including Parkinson’s disease, according to mounting research. Gramoxone, Firestorm, Helmquat, Parazone, Ortho-Paraquat, and other herbicides containing paraquat are common. Individuals who have mixed, loaded, handled, and/or applied paraquat, as well as those who have been exposed to it, are at risk.

Paraquat poisoning can occur if an individual:

  • Inhales or ingests Paraquat
  • Comes into repeated contact with sprayed plants
  • Skin exposure to the herbicide
  • Mixes, loads, or applies Paraquat

Side effects of Paraquat:

  • Fluid in lungs
  • Liver failure
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Feeling weak
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Lung scarring
  • Difficulty swallowing

Long term exposure to Paraquat can lead to:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Weak immune system
  • Impaired movement
  • Damaged brain cells
  • Lung scarring & difficulty breathing
  • Risk of congenital disabilities
  • Inflammation in the skin

Hundreds workers have filed litigation that long-term exposure to the herbicide has led to various diseases. A class action multi-district litigation has been established to fight for the rights of the injured. Most of the Paraquat exposure alleged by the plaintiffs occurred decades ago. These lawsuits name both Syngenta and Chevron as defendants and assert similar causes of action based primarily on failure to warn.

Herbicides containing Paraquat

  • Gramoxone
  • Parazone
  • Quick-Quat
  • Para-Shot 3.0
  • Helmquat 3SL
  • Cyclone SL 2.0
  • Firestorm
  • Crisquat
  • Dexuron
  • Para-col
  • Devour
  • Bonedry
  • Blanco
  • Dexuron
  • Esgram
  • Ortho Paraquat
  • CL
  • Tota-col
  • PP148
  • Garmixel
  • Pillarxone
  • AH 501
  • Bai Cao Ku

Contact a Paraquat Attorney

The attorneys of Wright & Schulte work every day to preserve the rights of personal injury victims, one case and one client at a time. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, kidney disease, lung disease including pulmonary fibrosis or Alzheimer’s, after longer term exposure or use of Paraquat and you’re looking for a personal injury law firm that will guarantee the caring, personalized, and loyal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte today.

For a free, no obligation legal evaluation of your case, fill out the online form, or give Wright & Schulte a call, toll-free, at 1-800-399-0795.


Wright and Schulte, LLC filed personal injury lawsuits – MDL No. 3004 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

A Complaint for damages can be viewed below

Newton v. Syngenta Crop Protection LLC & Syngenta AG

Newton - Time Stamped Complaint

Download Case 3:22-pq-00346-NJR

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