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Arlington Heights Personal Injury AttorneyAmericans expect to be protected from products that could be harmful to their health. Unfortunately, there are many ways that people can become exposed to toxic chemicals and other dangerous substances. In many cases, exposure to these types of chemicals occurs because of the pesticides and herbicides used on crops. Recently, issues related to chlorpyrifos, a commonly-used pesticide, were brought to light when the federal government took steps to ban the use of this chemical on crops used for food. Those who may have been exposed to this dangerous product will want to understand its potential effects and their options for addressing the injuries they have suffered.

Dangers of Chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide that has been in use since 1965. It has been used on multiple different types of crops, including apples, strawberries, citrus fruits, peaches, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, and soybeans. Until 2000, it was also used as a household pesticide to kill insects such as cockroaches, ants, or mosquitos.

Health advocates have been fighting against the use of chlorpyrifos for decades, and in August of 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a ruling banning the use of this pesticide on all crops used as food. The EPA stated that it was implementing this ban in order to protect the safety of children, farmworkers, and others who may be exposed to the product. The chemical had previously been banned or restricted in multiple states, including California, Oregon, New York, Maryland, and Hawaii, as well as in Canada and the European Union. 

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rolling meadows defective product lawyerWhile most companies conduct thorough testing before releasing their products to the public, certain defective products slip through the cracks. Roundup, for instance, is found to increase the risk of some cancers by 40 percent. If you have contracted cancer after using this popular weed killer, you may have the right to take legal action.

Why Is Roundup a Dangerous Product?

Roundup contains the ingredient glyphosate, which disrupts enzymic pathways in plants. The product may be effective at killing weeds, but it may harm humans in the process. 

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Arlington heights product liability lawyerOf the different types of dangerous products that can cause harm to people in the United States, herbicides are among the most toxic. Weedkillers are commonly used on farms throughout the U.S., and they often contain dangerous chemicals that can cause multiple health problems for those exposed to these substances. Paraquat, a chemical that is included in some widely-used herbicides, has been found to cause multiple health issues. Those who have suffered injuries after being exposed to these herbicides may be able to pursue compensation from a manufacturer by working with an experienced attorney.

Illnesses Caused by Paraquat Exposure

Herbicides that contain paraquat have been used since the 1960s. Even though this substance is highly toxic, the use of these herbicides has increased in recent years in response to weeds that have become resistant to other herbicides, such as Roundup. Paraquat is a “restricted use” chemical, and before using it, a person must receive training and obtain certification. Anyone who works with this chemical should use the proper protective equipment, including chemical-resistant gloves and aprons, safety goggles or face shields, and respiratory protection.

Exposure to paraquat can occur in multiple ways, including:

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rolling meadows product liability lawyerThere are many types of dangerous products that put people who use them at risk of injury. While multiple government organizations regulate the products that are made available to consumers, some products are not properly tested, or they may be found to be dangerous after they have been used by large numbers of people. Roundup, a popular weedkiller, is one of these products, and large numbers of people who have been exposed to the chemicals in this product have contracted cancer. 

Roundup Lawsuits Addressing Injuries to Consumers

Roundup is one of the most commonly used pesticides in the world. In addition to being made available for retail sale and used by homeowners and people in the landscaping industry, it is also used by many farmers to protect crops such as corn and soybeans. Roundup contains the chemical glyphosate, and breathing this chemical into the lungs or absorbing it through the skin or eyes may have harmful effects.

The primary concern about glyphosate is the risk of cancer. While the manufacturer of Roundup has claimed that glyphosate does not cause cancer, some studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies have found a potential link to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which affects the lymph nodes and the body’s immune system. This cancer may also affect the spleen, bone marrow, and digestive tract, and it may spread to other parts of the body, such as the brain or liver. Studies have also found that glyphosate may cause damage to the liver and kidneys.

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Arlington Heights product liability attorneysWhen you drive or ride in a car, you expect the vehicle’s systems to protect your safety, whether you are involved in a collision with other vehicles or are simply traveling on the road. Unfortunately, car or truck safety systems can sometimes be defective, and when they malfunction, they can cause serious injuries to a vehicle’s occupants. Since manufacturers regularly conduct recalls of vehicles or parts that are found to be defective, this means that many vehicles have parts that may present a danger to consumers. Those who are injured by these defective parts may be able to pursue compensation from a manufacturer through a product liability lawsuit. Recently, an issue with the headrests in some vehicles has put drivers and passengers at risk of injury.

Injuries Caused by “Exploding” Headrests

Certain Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles manufactured in 2010 or later have used what is known as an “active head restraint system.” These headrests are meant to provide extra protection against whiplash in a rear-end collision. When sensors in the vehicle detect a collision, springs in the headrest deploy, providing an extra cushion for a person’s head. However, the materials used in some of these headrests have been found to break down over time, and in some cases, the springs have deployed unexpectedly.

The random deployment of active head restraint systems in situations other than a collision has been compared to an explosion. The force of these headrests moving forward suddenly while a vehicle is in motion or at rest has caused serious injuries to people, including concussions, neck injuries, and injuries to the face. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received nearly 100 complaints from consumers who have experienced sudden or random deployment of active head restraints.

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