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Mercury is a natural element. But it cannot get re-created as a human-made product. Also, it is an element that is poisonous and highly toxic to humans. So when you or a loved one has gotten exposed, you need to look at symptoms. And if you suffered mercury toxicity, you may deserve financial compensation. Consulting a qualified products liability attorney is essential. That way you can become educated about your legal options.

Ehline Law Firm has experience in all facets of deadly personal injury law cases. Ehline is different from many lawyers. First, he has first-hand been the victim of food poisoning from eating bad seafood. Hence, as a result, he has steered his law practice towards assisting poisoned diners. So these include consumers and survivors. These are individuals who lived after mercury toxic chemical exposure in food and products.

So let our masters of disasters guide your case. Do this by first telephoning us at (888) 400-9721. Next, speak with a million dollar plus advocate.

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What are Some of the Severe Side Effects of Mercury Exposure?

When there is exposure to Mercury, there can be severe side and health effects. Hence, the severity of poisoning depends upon certain factors, including:

  • Total amounts of the chemicals in the form of mercury.
  • The amount of the dosage.
  • Duration of the exposure is also important.
  • Type of exposure, whether it was by ingestion, inhalation or absorbed through the skin.
  • The health of the individual who was exposed.
  • Age of the person exposed.

Mercury Chemical Forms.

Mercury has three types of chemical forms as follows:

  1. Elemental;
  2. Organic, and;
  3. Inorganic.

Each of these chemical formulations can be found in different sources. And each can cause different types of negative health effects. So beware.

Elemental Form

The elemental form of mercury is known as quicksilver or liquid mercury. And it is an extremely dangerous toxin when airborne or inhaled.

Liquid mercury is found in many common household, medical and personal items, such as:

  • Dental fillings;
  • Glass thermometers;
  • Fluorescent light bulbs;
  • Electrical switches;
  • Certain types of medical equipment.

Exposure to this form of mercury normally occurs and immediate symptoms can happen when an individual breathes in elemental mercury. In the event that the amount of mercury exposure is small, yet on a regular basis, symptoms can appear gradually.

Elemental Mercury symptoms with toxic levels of elemental mercury may include:

  • Headaches;
  • A metallic taste;
  • Insomnia;
  • Vomiting;
  • Mood swings;
  • A bad cough;
  • Swollen and bleeding gums;
  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Muscle atrophy.

In large dosages of elemental mercury exposure there can be many adverse health affects. Examples include brain damage, permanent lung damage, and death. Hence, when an individual believes they got exposed they need a doctor. Even if they experience symptoms, they should seek immediate medical attention.

After they get stabilized, it is important they speak with a toxic tort lawyer. The key, a lawyer at Ehline Law Firm can help. Let us help the victims explore their options. Also, when you hire us, we will jump right in to preserve evidence and statutes for filing lawsuits. To learn more about our unique and glorious law firm, contact us at (888) 400-9721.

Organic Mercury

Organic mercury is often more toxic to humans than elemental mercury. Also, it has compounds that include methylmercury. Many government agencies say that Methyl Mercury in small dosages is not a cause for alarm. But it is a compound commonly found in fish and shellfish.

So this means that it can also get found in small amounts in the body of the person who consumes these foods. And in the United States, this is the most common form of mercury toxicity or poisoning.

Also, it can be extremely dangerous for fetuses, infants, and children. So even though it is an organic compound, it is toxic. So organic mercury can impair the neurological development of the developing human.

The other items this type of mercury can get found in include:

  • Fumes from burning coal;
  • Thimerosal;
  • Old antibiotic.

Some Symptoms of Toxicity.

Toxicity and symptoms can occur with organic mercury. Typically this is if it gets ingested. But it can get inhaled. And if there is contact with the skin you can get sick or even die. An moderately extended amount of skin exposure time can cause minor health problems. But in a large dose of exposure to this form of mercury, it has far-reaching hazardous effects. But even exposure to small doses on a daily basis can be just as bad over time. However, it may not have immediate symptoms. So it builds up slowly as you pass into failing health.

Furthermore, the symptoms from small daily exposure may not appear till several years later. But for symptoms of long-term exposure, there can be neurological symptoms including:

  • Numbness and pain in specific areas of the skin;
  • Double vision;
  • Memory difficulties;
  • Tremors;
  • Issues walking;
  • Blindness;
  • Seizures.

Large or severe cases of organic mercury poisoning can cause death. When this happens, the survivors will be looking for someone to sue for wrongful death. And this is how most of these bad exposure cases end up.


Inorganic Mercury: This form of mercury involves a number of mercury compounds and is found in certain household, personal and other items. And this is due to the compounds that are in inorganic mercury including mercuric acetate, mercuric sulfide, mercuric chloride and other compounds.

The items this form of mercury is found in:

  • Certain types of disinfectants;
  • Skin creams;
  • Certain health remedies;
  • Batteries;
  • Chemistry labs.

So Inorganic mercury has the ability to enter the body both through the skin or orally. And it is toxic once it enters the bloodstream. Hence, it has the ability to cause damage in the brain and kidneys.

The symptoms of toxicity include:

  • Skin rash;
  • Burning in the throat;
  • Burning in the stomach;
  • Muscle weakness;
  • Bloody vomit;
  • Bloody diarrhea;
  • Mental disturbances.

Fish and Pregnancy.

Fish is a brain food. And it is one of the best nutrients. But if a pregnant woman consumes contaminated quarry it could be deleterious. So with methyl-mercury, it can enter the placenta, where it can enter the fetus’ brain. This can cause irreversible brain damage. And even in a minute amount, it can result in developmental issues. Hence, learning deficits and other types of developmental problems can arise.

Also, the data from studies conducted shows one in six women in the U.S. had unsafe levels of mercury. Also, one in three children is at risk for exposure to mercury in the womb. According to an EPA study released in February 2004, the mercury in the umbilical cord is high. Of particular concern, it is near twice the amount found in the mother’s bloodstream.

Also, it showed pregnant women eating two meals of six ounces of fish per week had a 50/50 chance of the fetus dosing methyl mercury. So this is different from the previous government statement. Then they said it was fine for a pregnant woman to eat two six-ounce servings of fish per week. But many scientists say that is not considered safe.

Military Mercury Poisoning.

El Torro Air Station, MCHS Tustin, and Camp Lejune have all had issues with toxic mercury. And that has gotten reported through the years. Even as late as 2012, 12 pounds of elemental mercury got discovered on one Marine base. Also, the water treatment plant at that base was offline for several weeks. All the while, the mercury clean-up took place. In the end, military and federal officials determined the contamination’s probable cause. Ultimately, they asserted it was due to the removal of some water pressure meters in the 1980s. And they claimed that these meters had contained elemental mercury.


Citations:

Health Effects – U.S. EPA: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/effects.htm

Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products – FDA Website: http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm294849.htm

Marine Base Mercury Poisoning: http://www.sciencecorps.org/Veteranshealth/

Mercury Poisoning Lawyer

If you or a family member got subjected to mercury, it is bad. Hence, in any form you may have experienced mercury poisoning. Hence, it may be possible to recover damages. Consulting Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC enable you to get educated. Hence, you can learn about your rights and legal options to pursue.

They offer a free consultation to discuss your case. Then you can determine the best steps to take. Call the accomplished legal advocates at Ehline Law Firm today. Discuss your case with a mercury poisoning attorney toll-free at (888) 400-9721.

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