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Parkinson's Disease Injury Lawsuits

Parkinson's Disease | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Disease: Injury, Infection | Side Effects, Prescription Drugs, Medications, Permax, Mirapex, Dostinex

There are more than 1 million Americans who live with Parkinson’s disease, with approximately 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Parkinson's disease falls into a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which are the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells.

The four primary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremors, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination. As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may struggle with walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks.

Parkinson’s disease normally affects individuals over the age of 50. Initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are subtle and occur gradually. As the disease progresses, the shaking, or tremors, which affects the majority of patients may begin to interfere with daily activities. Other symptoms may include depression and other emotional changes; difficulty in swallowing, chewing, and speaking; urinary problems or constipation; skin problems; and sleep disruptions.

Welders may have a higher-than-average rate of Parkinson's disease symptoms, the results of a new study suggest. Researchers found that among more than 1,400 welders from Alabama, the prevalence of Parkinson-like symptoms, including tremor, muscle rigidity and slowed movement, was 7 to 10 times higher than the norm for the general population.

In an earlier study of 15 career welders, the same investigators found that the men started suffering Parkinson's symptoms at an atypically early age, at age 46 on average, versus age 63 in a comparison group of non-welders. That led the researchers to speculate that an as yet unknown toxin in welding fumes might speed the onset of Parkinson's disease in people who would likely have developed the disease at an older age. That study, published in 2001, has since been cited in lawsuits against welding-rod manufacturers.

Late in 2003, a jury awarded $1 million to a plaintiff who claimed that years of inhaling toxic welding fumes caused his Parkinson's disease, and thousands of similar lawsuits have since been filed.

A new study scheduled to be released within the next week in England will serve to strengthen concerns that there is a clear link between insecticide exposure and Parkinson’s disease. The “Geoparkinson” study examined the backgrounds of 767 volunteer subjects in five countries who have Parkinson’s and 1,989 healthy control subjects with similar backgrounds.

Parkinson's Medications

Mirapex (Generic: Pramipexole) is a popular medication used to control tremors associated with Parkinson’s Disease. Mirapex is a dopamine agonist and works by mimicking the effects of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine helps people control their movements and increases feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Because Parkinson's Disease occurs because of a lack of dopamine in certain areas of the brain, Mirapex can help ease some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s.  Mirapex has been linked to compulsive behaviors such as excessive gambling.  Permax (pergolide) has been linked to heart valve leaks and damage.  Dostinex (cabergoline) has also been linked to cardiac valvulopathy.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Parkinson's Disease

If you or a loved one worked as a Welder and were diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease as a result of being exposed to welding fumes, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified toxic substances lawyer. Additionally, if you took Parkinson's medications such as Permax, Mirapex or Dostinex, and you suffered serious side effects please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by our defective drug lawyers or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Exposure to Pesticide Ziram Associated with Higher Risk of Parkinson's Disease

May 31, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
A group of UCLA researchers who were the first scientist to link exposure to the pesticides maneb and paraquat to Parkinson's disease have now connected a third – ziram - to the neurological disorder.  The same team also found that combined exposure to ziram, maneb and paraquat near any workplace - farm or nonfarm - increased the risk of Parkinson's disease threefold.Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder common after the age of 50, leads to shaking and difficulty with walking,...

New Agent Orange Policy Will Make Disability Benefits Available to More Vets

Oct 13, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A new proposal on Agent Orange health claims issued this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs  will make it much easier for veterans injured by the toxin to make claims for disability payments and health care services.  Under the proposal, three illnesses - B cell leukemias, such as hairy cell leukemia; Parkinson's disease; and ischemic heart disease - will be added to the growing list of illnesses presumed to have been caused by Agent Orange.Agent Orange was widely used during...

Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Parkinson’s

Jan 15, 2007 |
A new study published today has suggested a connection between statins (drugs used to lower cholesterol) and the development of Parkinson’s disease. Researchers at the University of North Carolina found that patients with low levels of LDL cholesterol are upward of three and a half times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those with higher LDL levels. Their study was presented in Chemistry & Industry, the journal of the British Society of Chemical Industry (SCI). ...

Parkinson's meds, valve risk linked

Jan 9, 2007 | AP
The risk of heart valve damage with two drugs for Parkinson’s disease may be far greater than was known, new research suggests. The drugs are not the main treatment for Parkinson’s, but one is also sometimes used to treat restless legs syndrome. A study by Italian researchers found that roughly one-fourth of Parkinson’s patients taking pergolide or cabergoline, sold as Permax, Dostinex and other brands, had moderate to severe heart valve problems. Another study, by German...

Research suggests link between pesticides and brain disease

Jul 28, 2006 | Minnesota Public Radio
Researchers at the University of North Dakota are quick to point out these are preliminary results covering one year of a planned four-year study. But Dr. Patrick Carr says there's clear evidence pesticide exposure at relatively low doses affect brain cells. "Some areas of the brain displayed what I would call physical changes in other words, a loss of neurons in particular regions of the brain," says Carr. "In other regions of the brain you wouldn't notice a change in the...

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