Lorsban is the market name for Chlorpyrifos. It is an organophosphate insecticide patented in 1966 by Dow Chemical Company. It is usually applied to crops and buildings to kill several pests, including insects and worms. This chemical works by quickly killing invasive insects. It also attacks their nervous system and penetrates the surrounding soil. In doing so, it provides long-term protection from common pests. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Chlorpyrifos is the most regular used insecticide in the U.S. There are roughly 6 million pounds used on around 10 million acres between 2009 and 2013.
WHY IS LORSBAN DANGEROUS?
The EPA researchers found that exposure to Chlorpyrifos leads to birth defects. This is the main ingredient used in the insecticide Lorsban. These birth defects resulted in delayed neurologic development, breathing difficulties, and learning disorders.
The EPA acknowledged for decades that Chlorpyrifos could cause acute poisoning. Thus, in the early 2000s, they prohibited its use in most home products. Yet, despite the agency’s recognition of mounting evidence that prenatal exposure could have lasting effects on children’s brains. They went against their proposal and reversed their own ban on insecticide. They knew the risks of exposure to your child; yet, they chose not to take action.
HOW OUR LORSBAN EXPOSURE ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
It is unfortunate that many parents find themselves buried by the costs of caring for a child whose birth defect is the direct result of another party’s negligence. Dow Chemical Co. knowingly exposed many people – including pregnant women – to the toxic chemical Lorsban. As a matter of fact, there is extensive research showing this may greatly increase the risk of the development of a birth defect in their child. This is an egregious injustice.
Our Lorsban birth defect lawyers will help you fight back against the liable parties that have harmed your child.
Join thousands of Lorsban victims who are legitimately suing Dow AgroSciences for financial compensation after learning their child’s birth defect is a direct link to this product.
LORSBAN EXPOSURE LINKED TO BIRTH DEFECTS
Dow Chemical Co. manufactures the insecticide Lorsban. However, the main ingredient in this insecticide, Chlorpyrifos, causes severe brain damage in children. When exposed to this toxic chemical, pregnant women and children up to age five develop brain damage and other serious illnesses. In fact, the EPA’s research has repeatedly proven a direct link between the effects of Chlorpyrifos and brain damage in children.
Decades of research have repeatedly concluded that infants and children, when exposed prenatally to the chemical Chlorpyrifos. Later suffered debilitating birth defects including, but not limited to:
- Delayed neurologic development
- Learning or cognitive impairment
- Central nervous system defects of the brain and spinal cord (also known as neural tube defects): anencephaly, spina bifida, encephalocele
Families living in farming communities are at risk even if they do not work in the fields. You see, frequent crop blow into neighboring communities still exposes children to this harmful chemical. Often time the results are immediate reactions such as muscle twitching, dizziness, and convulsion. However, some of these cognitive conditions these kids suffer from may be less detectable.
To help you better understand what happens when exposed to Lorsban; and how it affects your child’s development and birth defects diagnosed. The following articles are available:
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is Lorsban dangerous?
Lorsban is not only dangerous to wildlife and the environment. The active ingredient in chlorpyrifos is a known toxic chemical. Which, if exposed to children and fetuses, can affect their nervous system and brain. In fact, several studies conducted by the EPA have linked it to birth defects and other ailments among farm workers children.
Where is Lorsban used?
Lorisban is used mainly in farming regions of America. It is used to kill pest insects in field crops, animals, buildings, and other settings. Each year more than 50 crops in the United States get sprayed with about six million pounds of chlorpyrifos. Some of these crops include corn, soybeans, asparagus, peaches, strawberries, apples, broccoli, walnuts, and cranberries.
Who is at risk?
Anyone who comes in contact with Lorisban is at risk. Thus, children and infants of farmers and their workers, landscapers, and gardeners. Employees of garden centers or nurseries may also risk exposure to the toxic chemical Chlorpyrifos.
What kind of damages can I recover?
Our experienced team of trial lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim. Based on our findings, we will then seek to hold Dow Chemical Co. accountable for the damages your child has suffered as a result of Lorsban exposure. Depending on the situation of your case, our experienced team of birth defect attorneys will fight to help you seek the following forms of compensation:
Economic Damages: Here, the court awards compensation to the injured person for any measurable losses. This can include compensation for medical bills, lost income, loss of earning capacity. It also covers any out-of-pocket expenses related to your child’s disorder and much more.
Non-Economic Damages: Is when, the court awards compensation claimed against intangible harms. This refers to any physical, mental, or emotional damages suffered by you and your child. This can include compensation for emotional distress, loss of consortium, physical impairment, and more.
Do I need an attorney for a Lorsban lawsuit?
If your child has been diagnosed with delayed cognitive impairment after exposure to Lorsban. Though, you are not legally required to hire an attorney to file a lawsuit for compensation. But to effectively prove that the exposure resulted from the company’s negligence. It may be very difficult for someone without a legal background. Another thing to consider is many of the parties responsible for exposing innocent people to these toxic chemicals are large corporations. And this usually means, they have bottomless pockets and are able to afford a massive legal team.
As such, if you wish to file a lawsuit against one of these parties, you need every available resource at your disposal.
One of the best things you can do to strengthen your lawsuit is to work with an attorney. You will also want an attorney who has experience handling cases of this nature.
At Williams Hart, our Lorsban attorneys are passionate about helping the innocent victims of chlorpyrifos exposure. We fight for the compensation they need for their child’s medical bills and other losses.