Consumer Litigation

How We Help Protect Consumers

At SWMW Law, our focus is helping people. In addition to our primary practice areas of mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and drug & medical device law, our skilled attorneys are also experienced in pursuing justice when a consumer is injured by other defective products, unfair trade practices, false or misleading products or data security/privacy breaches.

Corporate negligence causes injury to consumers far too often, and it’s our mission to hold them accountable. Through a type of litigation called a class action suit, a group of harmed individuals can take their common complaint to the court to confront the company or corporation and hold them accountable for their actions. Our goal with these suits is to compensate those harmed and legally forcing the defendant to stop the damaging behavior.

These cases could include, but are not limited to:

  • Data or security privacy breaches
  • False or misleading advertising
  • Toxic exposure
  • Personal injury
  • Mesothelioma & asbestos
  • Excessive or hidden fees
  • Environmental contamination
  • Unfair sales practices

The attorneys and professionals at SWMW Law have dedicated their careers to helping people injured through no fault of their own. We’ve secured hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of thousands of individuals and families and are committed to getting you the justice you deserve. Our clients are always our first priority and the motivation behind everything we do, Because People Matter.

Paraquat (Gramoxone)

If you or a loved one has developed Parkinson’s disease or if you believe you have worked with or been exposed to the herbicide Paraquat, SWMW Law can help you quickly and confidentially determine whether you may be entitled to recover significant compensation.

Paraquat Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Several studies have linked Paraquat exposure to an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Licensed Paraquat applicators are at the greatest risk for exposure. However, anyone who works in or lives near places where Paraquat is or was used may have been exposed. Such individuals may include but are not limited to: utility workers, railroad workers, farmers, growers, groundskeepers, pickers, other agricultural workers or those who lived in close proximity to areas where Paraquat was used.

What is Paraquat?

Paraquat is one of the most commonly used commercial herbicides in the world. It is also one of the most dangerous. Paraquat has been banned in over 32 countries worldwide but remains legal in the United States. It is widely used by commercial farmers, utility workers and railroad workers to kill invasive weeds and grass. Even worse, it can drift onto other properties and is often applied via airplane, causing even wider drift of the product. There is evidence that the manufacturers of Paraquat were aware of the link between their herbicide and Parkinson’s disease and failed to inform the public and commercial consumers of these health risks.

Due to its extreme toxicity, the Environmental Protection Agency only allows licensed applicators to apply Paraquat herbicide. Products containing Paraquat are not available to homeowners or the general public.

Paraquat is sold under many different brand names in the U.S., including:

  • Gramoxone (by Syngenta, the most commonly used brand in U.S.)
  • Crisquat
  • Esgram
  • Dexuron
  • Firestorm
  • Garmixel
  • Quick-Quat
  • Helmquat 3SL
  • Para-Shot 3.0
  • Parazone
  • Cyclone SL 2.0

Manufacturers include:

  • Gramoxone (by Syngenta, the most commonly used brand in U.S.)
  • Crisquat
  • Esgram
  • Dexuron
  • Firestorm
  • Garmixel
  • Quick-Quat
  • Helmquat 3SL
  • Para-Shot 3.0
  • Parazone
  • Cyclone SL 2.0

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement. The disease is caused in part by a loss of neurons that produce dopamine. Paraquat may contribute to Parkinson’s disease by damaging these neurons. Parkinson’s disease usually begins gradually, with symptoms getting worse over time.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Tremors, often starting in one hand
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Speech problems
  • Difficulty moving or walking
  • Impaired coordination

Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can include insomnia, confusion, depression or other mood disorders, constipation, and loss of smell.

What is Paraquat Poisoning?

Paraquat is an extremely toxic substance, and exposure to even a small amount can cause serious illness or death. When Paraquat makes contact with the body, the damage is immediate and continuous.

Acute Paraquat poisoning most often occurs via accidental ingestion, though inhalation and skin exposure can also lead to poisoning. Most cases of acute Paraquat poisoning are fatal. Swallowing even one sip of Paraquat can damage multiple organs and lead to death within hours.

Paraquat exposure symptoms can vary depending on the amount of exposure and how the person was exposed. Ingestion typically causes Paraquat poisoning symptoms to appear quickly. These usually start with pain and swelling in the mouth or throat, followed by gastrointestinal distress like nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms may also include:

  • Respiratory distress
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Tachycardia (elevated heart rate)
  • Seizures

People who are exposed to even small amounts of Paraquat over a long period of time, like agricultural workers, may not experience symptoms for years or even decades. Long-term Paraquat exposure side effects can include:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Impaired lung function
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lungs that inhibits breathing)
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Heart failure
  • Scarring of the esophagus
  • Reproductive issues

Paraquat Lawsuit Settlement for Parkinson’s Disease

If you or a loved one was exposed to Paraquat and are suffering from Parkinson’s disease, you may be entitled to significant compensation.

This includes people who:

  • Worked as licensed applicators of Paraquat
  • Mixed or loaded Paraquat
  • Worked in a facility where Paraquat was manufactured
  • Worked on a farm or other agricultural operation where Paraquat was used
  • Lived near a farm or other agricultural operation where Paraquat was used
  • Worked as a utility worker or railroad worker and used Paraquat
  • Lived near utility lines or railroad lines where Paraquat was used

Please call (888) 422-8877 or complete our online contact form for a free consultation with one of our experienced team members to find out if you are eligible to participate in a lawsuit for your Parkinson’s disease from Paraquat exposure. We want to hear your story and will work to evaluate your case as quickly as possible. Because People Matter.

Latest News About Paraquat

Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and Mechanical Ventilators

If you or a loved one has developed cancer of the kidneys, liver, or lungs after using a Philips CPAP machine, BiPAP machine, or mechanical ventilator, we encourage you to reach out to the experienced personal injury attorneys at SWMW. You may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Your story is important, and we’re here to listen and help.

SWMW Law is investigating and/or representing cases related to the use of specific Philips devices (listed below) due to potential health risks identified by the company.

Significant Risk of Cancer and Other Health Issues

On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics issued a voluntary recall of certain mechanical ventilators, Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP), and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines due to potential health risks, including cancer.

The recall was issued over concerns that foam liners in the machines may disintegrate or outgas, potentially resulting in the inhalation of contaminants and/or toxic chemicals. On July 23, 2021, the FDA designated the recall as Class I, its most serious level.

Potential health risks associated with the recalled Philips sleep apnea devices include:

  • Cancer (particularly in the kidneys, liver, and lungs)
  • Cough and chest pressure
  • Damage to kidneys, liver, or lungs
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Sinus infection
  • Upper airway infection

Recalled Devices

The following Philips BiPAP and CPAP machines have been recalled due to potential health risks, including lung cancer:

  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation Go
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • E30
  • OmniLab Advanced+
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)

The following models of Philips mechanical ventilators have also been recalled due to the same health and safety concerns:

  • A-Series BiPAP A30 and A40
  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
  • Trilogy 100 and 200

Latest Philips CPAP Recall, BiPAP Recall, and Mechanical Ventilator Recall News

Roundup

 If you or a family member has been diagnosed with cancer and believe exposure to the weed killer Roundup could be the cause, you could qualify for compensation from the manufacturer. We encourage you to speak with one of SWMW Law’s experienced personal injury attorneys to tell us your story.

Proven Cancer Risks, Known Dangers

Roundup, which was first released in 1974, is the most popular weed killer in the world, with nearly 250 million pounds used on our crops, golf courses and lawns. Glyphosate is a main ingredient of the product, which may be a human carcinogen linked to several cancers.

Jobs that require ongoing exposure such as agricultural workers, gardeners, farm workers and landscapers may be at a higher risk for developing certain types of cancer:

  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Myeloma
  • Soft tissue carcinoma
  • Bone cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Colon cancer

Several investigations are underway to determine if the manufacturer, Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG), continued to sell Roundup while aware of its health dangers. As early as the 1970s, research revealed that glyphosate caused cancer in rodents, and in recent years, evidence of its links to cancer grow stronger. Monsanto denies that Roundup is dangerous and continues marketing it as an environmentally friendly product.

Latest Roundup News

In 2018 and 2019, there have been several settlements and increased action against Monsanto:

There also continues to be information released about the increased risk of Roundup:

How We Help People Harmed by Dangerous Products

At SWMW Law, our team is passionate about helping people harmed by toxic products. When a manufacturer keeps selling an item they know is dangerous, we fight to hold them accountable and seek compensation for people harmed by the product. If you believe exposure to a product caused you or a family member harm, please contact us. We want to hear your story, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

JUUL & eCigarettes

If you or someone you love developed a lung disease, pulmonary disease or seizures after using JUUL or another vaping/e-cigarette product, please reach out to our consumer litigation team. We want to hear your story.

JUUL is an electronic cigarette or “vaping” device developed by Juul Labs, which was first introduced in 2015, and marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. By 2017, Juul was the most popular e-cigarette on the market, and today the company is worth billions.

Links to Lung Disease

There are currently hundreds of people in the United States who have contracted a lung disease and other respiratory illnesses that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention believe could be directly linked to vaping and e-cigarette use. To date, five people have died from these diseases. Juul products are currently unregulated by the FDA, and are known to have the ability to deliver dangerous levels of nicotine to users.

Illegal Marketing Practices

Several of JUUL’s marketing practices are also being investigated, as federal health officials say the company broke the law by marketing Juul as a reduced-risk or “safer” nicotine product, which the FDA says hasn’t been proven, nor has the company ever submitted their products for testing

Latest JUUL & e-Cigarette News

Links to disease and illness

Illegal Marketing Practices

Our Personalized, Strategic Approach

We’re able to get positive outcomes in consumer litigation by first deciding what we consider a win. We begin with a thorough discovery process to understand your situation and the details of your case. We approach every case as being unique and will create a strategy specifically for you and your situation. We put our multi-disciplinary team to work to develop a strategy that will yield the best outcome.

SWMW has a proven track record of success of securing several multi-million dollar settlements for its clients harmed by a product or faulty medical device. Contact our team today by calling (888) 422-8877 or completing our contact form online. We want to hear your story, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Because People Matter.

We Want to Hear Your Story.

At SWMW Law, we believe people matter. If you need our help, we encourage you to contact us anytime. We’ll return your call or email as soon as possible, and get to work on your case right away.

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