Chlorpyrifos, the active ingredient found in the pesticide Lorsban, affects the nervous system of people, pets, and other animals the same way it affects the target pest. It’s most efficiently absorbed by inhalation or ingestion. Because it is largely used on and around farm lands, agricultural employees and their children are at high risk of exposure — either by direct handling or crop duster blowover. Residue can also be tracked into the employee’s home even if they do not live on the property where the insecticide treatment occurred, which means their children are also vulnerable to exposure.
Signs and symptoms can appear within minutes to hours after exposure. These effects can last for days or even weeks. During this time, the body is replacing the depleted enzymes in the nervous system so it can function normally again.
Exposure to small amounts of chlorpyrifos can cause a multitude of side effects:
- Runny nose, tears, and increased saliva or drooling
- More severe exposure can cause:
- Abdominal muscle cramps
- Muscle twitching, tremors and weakness, and loss of coordination.
- Diarrhea, loss of bladder and bowel control
- Blurred or darkened vision
- Difficulty in breathing
If you suspect you are suffering from the above symptoms due to Lorsban exposure, especially if you are pregnant, you should see a doctor right away. If you believe your child’s birth defect may be the result of Lorsban exposure, contact our experienced Lorsban attorneys to learn more about what you can do to hold the negligent manufacturer responsible. Williams Hart & Boundas will fight for you and your child and ensure you receive just compensation.