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Complications of mercury toxicity

Posted on November 19, 2014 2:38 pm under Premises Liability

Although most cases of mercury poisoning have been associated with eating fish with high levels of mercury, several cases of mercury toxicity have been documented within establishments, such as hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, and dental clinics, due to the property owner’s negligence in abiding by strict safety standards. In 2011, the National Poison Data System recorded approximately 1,700 cases of exposures to mercury or mercury-containing compounds, 155 of whom involved children younger than 6 years old.

If left untreated, mercury poisoning may lead to a myriad of medical complications, which may include:

  • Damaged kidneys, lungs and brain
  • Minamata disease, a neurological syndrome characterized with damaged hearing and speech, and numbness of extremities
  • Acrodynia, or pink discoloration of hands and feet due to heavy metal poisoning
  • Tremors
  • Cognitive and emotional disturbances
  • Death

At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we help victims of mercury poisoning in Wisconsin seek legal representation against negligent property owners and individuals who have caused them their condition. To learn if we might be able to help you, call us at (414) 271-0900 today.