Rotenone And Parkinson’s Disease
Rotenone is a natural compound that is commonly used as an herbicide and insecticide. Farmers, commercial gardeners, and landscapers use Rotenone. It is also commonly used in lakes and bodies of water to kill fish, and aid in commercial fishing and habitat management. When Rotenone is put into water, it forces certain fish to the surface in order to gasp for oxygen. This is an easy way for fish to be caught for removal, sale, and/or consumption. Although Rotenone is derived from the seeds and stems of some plants, studies show that Rotenone is quite toxic and should be avoided.
Rotenone Linked To Parkinson’s Disease
A chemical compound in Rotenone has been positively linked to the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Repeated exposure to Rotenone may cause someone to develop Parkinson’s disease without them ever knowing what caused it. Due to the fact that Parkinson’s may take years to present symptoms, it can be quite difficult to link the diagnosis with Rotenone exposure.
What Is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease affects nearly one million people in the United States. This disease is a degenerative disease of the nervous system. The part of the nervous system that is most impacted by Parkinson’s affects movement. This causes the tremors that most people associate with Parkinson’s disease. These tremors progress from slight to extreme. In the later stages of the disease it can be quite difficult to do simple tasks such as tie your shoes or pick up a fork. Learn more about Parkinson’s disease on the Mayo Clinic website.
No Cure For Parkinson’s
To date, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but there are ways to manage it. People living with this condition may engage in physical therapy and exercise to help control their movements, but as the disease progresses this may not be helpful. Besides physical therapy and exercise, there are prescription medications that are available for those living with Parkinson’s.
People At Risk Because Of Rotenone
Developing Parkinson’s disease will severely impact a person’s life. Exposure to Rotenone could potentially give lots of people Parkinson’s without them being aware of the cause. The types of people regularly exposed to Rotenone are farmers, landscapers, environmentalists, commercial fishermen, and more.
Exposure To Rotenone
Anyone who commonly works with this herbicide may be exposed to this toxic chemical compound for years without ever knowing they are putting themselves in danger as there is no warning from the manufacturer of Rotenone.
Failure To Warn
When a product has severe side effects and puts users at risk, the users must be warned. The product must include a warning on the label. If the warning is not present, this is grounds for a failure to warn lawsuit. In a product liability lawsuit, it is important to prove why the product or company in question is liable for the damages. In this case, there was a failure to warn the public about the potential risks of contact with this product. Under the law, all products are considered safe for use unless otherwise stated.
There are potentially dangerous products sold all the time, but products have a warning on the label. This means the consumer is made aware of the risk and is making an informed decision. When a consumer isn’t aware of the potential risks of a product, their decision to use the product despite the risks is not really up to them. Without a warning, the user can assume the product is safe.
Rotenone Parkinson’s Lawsuit
If you or a loved one suspects that your Parkinson’s diagnosis is the result of Rotenone use, talk to a product liability lawyer immediately. Not every lawyer will have experience with Rotenone claims. An experienced attorney will be able to help you understand your rights and how to move forward. It is recommended to speak with an attorney before joining a class-action lawsuit in this kind of situation.
Talk To A Product Liability Lawyer
Every case is vastly different and an experienced attorney will give you legal counsel that is appropriate for you and your case. Kane & Silverman is here for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.