Mercury toxicity is usually associated with eating big fish, such as sharks and tunas. Mercury is known to ‘bioaccumulate,’ which means it can be stored inside an organism and be passed along the food chain to affect future consumers. As such, big fishes that eat smaller ones contain a higher level of mercury in their bodies.
Aside from eating fish, there are many different ways in which individuals may absorb a toxic amount of mercury in their body. Industrial workers who are not adequately equipped with protection against mercury spills and vapors are at highest risk of mercury toxicity. Mercury poisoning has also been associated with the use of silver dental amalgam fillings that allegedly contain a toxic amount of metallic mercury. Higher levels of mercury can also be found in certain establishments, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and laboratories.
Unfortunately, unnecessary exposure to mercury could have been prevented if the property owner or manager had not been careless in implementing safety measures that would ensure that the property is mercury-free. To file for legal action against a negligent party, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Our offices are conveniently located across Wisconsin, and can be reached by dialing (414) 271-0900.