Paraquat exposure has adverse consequences that can lead to illness before the onset of Parkinson’s disease. The quality of life drastically changes, and people frequently have to skip work as the disease worsens. The financial losses also accumulate due to regular checkups, which pile up medical bills. The victims can file a paraquat class action lawsuit to recover the financial losses they incur due to the Paraquat exposure. Following are the factors that impact the Paraquat lawsuit settlement amount.
Parkinson’s disease does not strike suddenly among those exposed to paraquat who end up having it. Parkinson’s grows and gets worse. Doctors frequently struggle to identify the illness early on, identifying the signs when the disease is already advanced. Many people need to see their doctor frequently and go through several tests. Medical costs are further raised by the costs of scans, laboratory tests, and subsequent medication.
Your doctors have talked to you about the significance of physical therapy and exercise. Parkinson’s disease patients require physical therapy for the remainder of their lives to manage their difficulties; as a result, it is a pricey medical expense that significantly raises the value of a claim.
Permanent Nursing Care
Many Parkinson’s sufferers can live relatively normal lives, at least temporarily, thanks to physical therapy and medicines. The average middle-class family could go bankrupt if they have to put a loved one in a nursing home after exposure to paraquat. The value of the claim and compensation amounts are frequently significantly increased by estimated future costs for nursing care and treatment.
Lost Benefits and Wages
Many people with Parkinson’s disease are still able to work in the early stages. If the condition deteriorates, they might need to take some time off from the job or completely quit. Parkinson’s disease cannot be cured and is a lifelong condition. Parkinson’s disease sufferers who are employed are forced to resign when the condition worsens. Estimated lost present and future income are included in the settlement amount of a paraquat lawsuit.
Costs of Home Modification
Parkinson’s disease patients all have unique experiences. While some people’s Parkinson’s disease progresses quickly, others experience it more slowly or even never reach a severe stage. The fortunate ones get to stay at home during the earlier stages. However, some must either relocate or adapt their current home to make it more accessible. One of the largest obstacles for Parkinson’s sufferers is climbing and descending stairs. It can be expensive to remodel a house, especially if an addition is required. The value of a paraquat case can increase by a large amount due to home renovation costs.
Replacement Service Costs
Before receiving a Parkinson’s diagnosis, the majority of patients had jobs, most frequently in the agriculture sector, where paraquat exposure was common. Many put in just as much effort in their spare time to keep their homes in order, but as Parkinson’s disease progresses, many are unable to perform the same duties as before. Families can pitch in to help, but occasionally they also require outside assistance. Services that families might require to employ include a mowing service, dry cleaning, cleaning assistance, etc. Depending on their circumstances, various families require different services. However, they frequently come at a high cost and enhance the financial losses for a person who contracted Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to paraquat.
Exposure to paraquat has ruined the lives of many people who didn’t know the side effects of the chemical. However, the chemical is mostly banned now due to its adverse effects on not only humans but the environment as well. If you have been exposed to paraquat and suffered its side effect, it’s important you get in touch with an experienced lawyer to recover some financial damages.