Chlorpyrifos is a potentially dangerous chemical that is also commonly used as a commercial pesticide. It is applied to a variety of crops, including alfalfa, almond, citrus, cotton, grapes, and walnuts. However, the detrimental effect the pesticide has on pests is also taking place on humans. In fact, it is particularly harmful to children and pregnant women. But if chlorpyrifos is such a dangerous chemical, why is it still so commonly used?
How Harmful is Chlorpyrifos?
Chlorpyrifos effectively shuts down the stimulant that oversees messages between nerve cells. When the nervous system cannot send signals, it malfunctions and ultimately kills any pests. This makes it an effective pesticide, but it also can harm people. As a result, it has been directly linked to neurological and brain disorders. Proven injuries from the chemical include:
Should Texas Ban Chlorpyrifos?
Many states are banning chlorpyrifos to some degree or another:
However, despite these state level efforts, farmers and other rural workers continue to lobby nationally for keeping the chemical on the market and easily accessible. They argue that, in the agricultural industry, there is a predicted annual demand increase for chlorpyrifos to mitigate pests like mosquitoes and other insects on golf course and playgrounds. In many ways, this is putting people at unreasonable risk.
Experienced product liability attorneys know the ins and outs of how to investigate, build, and win a successful lawsuit. Our attorneys at Williams Hart can help you learn your options for getting compensation if you were harmed by the chemical chlorpyrifos. If you or someone you love has suffered physical or emotional damage following an exposure to chlorpyrifos, you should contact a lawyer immediately. Call us today for a free initial consultation - we are look forward to discussing your potential recovery.