Paraquat is a widely used herbicide that’s primarily applied for weed and grass control. Available in liquid form in various strengths, this chemical has been banned in many countries because of its highly toxic nature.
Manufacturers have always known that paraquat can cause serious and even life-threatening complications if ingested. In recent years, however, it’s also come to light that excessive exposure may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Families of those who have been affected are taking action. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and you think paraquat exposure was to blame, you may be thinking about filing a claim, too.
To give your case the best chance of success, it’s wise to seek legal counsel. Odds are you’ve never filed such a claim, though, and you’re unsure what to look for in a product liability attorney.
Generally speaking, you’ll know you’re in good hands if you find someone who possesses the following qualities:
1. Relevant Experience
Product liability cases involving chronic diseases (as opposed to acute injuries) are incredibly complex. Proving causation is especially challenging in these scenarios. As such, you ideally want to find a lawyer who has already handled a few paraquat claims.
Since manufacturers just started facing these kinds of claims in the past few years, though, there are only a handful of firms that have handled them. Therefore, you may have trouble finding one in your area. At the very least, look for an attorney who is well-versed in product liability and has the resources to take on even the largest corporations.
2. A Winning Track Record
While past successes do not necessarily guarantee future wins, they’re a decent indicator that a practice is equipped to see cases through to the end. Look for a lawyer who has secured significant payouts on behalf of their clients and who isn’t afraid to go all the way to trial when negotiations prove futile.
3. A Vast Professional Network
In order to win your paraquat Parkinson’s claim, you’re going to have to present all kinds of evidence, and much of it will have to come from knowledgeable experts. As such, you’ll want to work with a firm that has an expansive network. For example, will they be able to depose neurologists and herbicide spray technicians with ease?
During your initial consultation, inquire about the firm’s network. Ask what kinds of expert witnesses they have worked and how they intend to use them to contribute to the strength of your claim.
Speak with a South Carolina Product Liability Lawyer
At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we are determined to hold negligent manufacturers accountable for the devastation they cause. If you or someone in your family is living with Parkinson’s disease and you think paraquat exposure is to blame, we will help you pursue the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free case review with a product liability attorney in South Carolina, fill out our Contact Form or call 864-585-3873.