As with lead, another widely found yet potentially toxic substance, exposure to the element mercury in its many forms has been linked to a number of health problems. While it is technically a metal, mercury is probably best known in its “quicksilver” liquid state, how it appears in thermometers.
In this form, the danger lies primarily in the inhalation of the highly corrosive fumes that the substance gives off. These fumes can also arise from such items as broken fluorescent lamps, and from industrial processes or accidents involving elemental mercury.
However, while most of us know to keep away from a broken thermometer or a factory spill, few realize that far and away the most common source of mercury poisoning is actually food products, especially fish and other types of seafood.
Mercury poisoning can be frustratingly difficult to identify. The processes through which it acts on the body remain unclear, and its broad range of symptoms are easily confused with other diseases. Some of these symptoms include:
In addition to these primary symptoms, mercury can also affect internal functions and even produce psychological consequences. Moreover, it has been linked to major complications with fetal development when the mother is exposed to a toxic amount.
If you or someone you love has been affected by mercury poisoning and you believe another party’s negligence may be at fault, contact the Stevens Point personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.