Mercury is one of many toxins that can poison a person in small quantities. While mercury was once thought to be safe, it is now known that mercury can cause a number of health problems. For this reason mercury has been removed from many products, but the risk of mercury poisoning still remains.
Sources of Mercury
The most common cause of mercury poisoning is from eating fish. Fish contain small amounts of mercury, but if a large number of fish are consumed, mercury poisoning may result. Some soils contain high levels of mercury because of contamination from buried materials, such as fluorescent light bulbs. Coal plants emit a high level of mercury into the air, accounting for roughly half of all atmospheric mercury. People can get mercury poisoning from inhaling this contaminated air.
Symptoms and Effects of Mercury Poisoning
Symptoms of mercury poisoning may include:
- Itchy or burning sensation on the skin
- Pink fingertips, toes, or cheeks
- Dead skin peeling off of the patient
- Excessive sweating
- Fast heart beat or high blood pressure
- Muscle weakness
These are some of the most common symptoms of mercury poisoning among adults and children but is not a complete list. In the long term, individuals who have been exposed to significant amounts of mercury may suffer from kidney problems, brain damage, lung damage, speech or hearing problems, and memory dysfunction.
If you or someone you know has suffered from mercury poisoning, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately. A personal injury attorney can help you determine who is legally liable for injuries and damages and fight to get you the compensation that you may deserve.
For sound legal advice and assistance with your mercury poisoning case, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633.