Salinas, Calif. Office opens for Pesticide Lawsuits

Matthews & Associates Law Firm has opened a new office in Salinas, Calif. to handle pesticide lawsuits. It is the second California office the firm has opened since it established a branch in Chico, Calif. following the PG&E wildfires of 2018. Lawyers in the new Salinas office primarily handle chlorpyrifos pesticide litigation for those whose children were exposed to Dursban, Lorsban, Lock-On, Cobalt, and other harmful pesticides. Spanish-speaking abogados at the new office can assist non-English speakers.

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Pesticide Lawsuits

Pesticides containing chlorpyrifos have proven especially damaging to humans developing in the womb, as well as to young children. When pregnant mothers or their children are exposed to chlorpyrifos – commonly found in many pesticides – those children may suffer lifelong learning or nerve disorders, or lower birth weight and delayed motor development. They can suffer autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s-like tremors, lowered intelligence – or “mental retardation” – and other injuries.

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For several years, environmental groups have urged the U.S. EPA to ban chlorpyrifos. The chemical has been known for decades to harm not only human health but also water and wildlife. In 2000, the EPA finally banned chlorpyrifos for home use. However, the agency has failed to outlaw the poison chemical for industrial farm use, a failure that runs counter to the advice of many of the EPA’s own scientists.

Chlorpyrifos on Food

Chlorpyrifos is used on many crops, including apples, oranges, strawberries, corn, wheat, citrus and other popular foods. USDA’s Pesticide Data Program found chlorpyrifos residue on citrus and melons even after they were washed and peeled. Chlorpyrifos is most heavily used on corn and soybeans, with more than a million pounds sprayed yearly on each crop. Organic crops are not supposed to be sprayed with chlorpyrifos.

What is Chlorpyrifos/CPF?

Chlorpyrifos is one of the pesticides most often linked to pesticide poisonings.  It is a neurotoxic pesticide widely used in U.S. agriculture.  Sprayed on crops to kill bugs, its odor can smell skunky, similar to the smell of rotten eggs or garlic.  Chlorpyrifos can be harmful if it is touched, inhaled, eaten, or all of the above.

Injuries include Death

Acute chlorpyrifos poisoning suppresses the enzyme that regulates nerve impulses in the body.  It can cause convulsions, respiratory paralysis, and death. That is not surprising, considering that chlorpyrifos is derived from a nerve gas agent similar to that used back in WWI in trench warfare, until it was banned by the Geneva Convention after that war.

While the EPA has inexplicably failed to ban chlorpyrifos despite overwhelming evidence of its toxicity presented by the agency’s own scientists, the U.S. Congress introduced a Protect Children Farmers Workers Act in 2019 to ban the poison.

Chlorpyrifos History, Uses  

Chlorpyrifos insecticides were introduced by Dow Chemical in 1965. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide, acaricide and miticide. It is used primarily to control foliage and soil-borne insects on many food and feed crops. It comes in liquid form as well as granules, powders, and water-soluble packets. Chlorpyrifos is sprayed by hand, land machinery, or airplane.

Besides poisoning our food, chlorpyrifos poisons golf courses, turf, green houses, and utility areas around fences, signs, or electrical equipment.

Chlorpyrifos Lawsuits

Chlorpyrifos lawsuits state that the makers of this poison knew or should have known of its toxic effects on pregnant mothers and their developing children.