Paraquat & Kidney Disease

Does Paraquat Cause Kidney Disease? What to Know and How to Protect Yourself

If you’re a gardener, farmer, or are otherwise familiar with herbicide formulations, you should know about Paraquat. Paraquat is an effective chemical herbicide, it has also been linked to kidney failure and kidney disease, among other conditions. In order to best protect yourself against these maladies caused by ingredients in Paraquat, you should understand some of the basics about this link. 

About Paraquat

Paraquat has been studied, and it has been shown that the chemical makeup of the herbicide can be extremely dangerous. Paraquat is a fast-acting herbicide, making it ideal for farming uses, however, the rapid action is also to its detriment. Paraquat, when ingested or when one is exposed to it, can cause kidney failure and can be fatal.

Dangers of Pesticides

Paraquat intoxication causes something called acute kidney injury, or AKI. When someone suffers AKI, their kidneys rapidly shut down, which when treatable requires emergency dialysis and when it is not treatable can be fatal. In some cases, people may intentionally intoxicate themselves with Paraquat as a suicide attempt. However, some Paraquat ingestion and intoxication is completely unintentional.

Who is at Risk?

Diseases from Paraquat, and other pesticides can affect not only people who use herbicides in their home gardens, but can also effect those who work on farms and in fields and deal with application of chemical herbicides. The families of those workers may also be at risk of exposure. 

What to Do if You’re Affected

If you or a loved one have used Paraquat as part of herbicide application and have been exposed or intoxicated by the herbicide and later developed kidney failure, you may be eligible for compensation. The costs you incur when you or a family member are poisoned by Paraquat can be hefty, so you should retain the help of a personal injury attorney who can review your case and advise to whether or not you can win back those damages. A lawyer in your area with experience in herbicide cases is essential to winning back what you’ve lost to this dangerous chemical.  


If you have questions about whether Paraquat caused your Kidney Disease, call us for a free initial consultation and explanation of your legal rights.

The attorneys at Herrman & Herrman P.L.L.C. offer more than 100 years of legal experience in representing people who have been harmed by unsafe products. Our legal team is ready to fight hard for the full compensation that you will need after a Kidney Disease diagnosis.

Our firm has offices in the following locations: Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi South Side, Brownsville, McAllen, San Antonio, Houston, and Ft. Worth, TX.