Threats Posed by Mercury Poisoning

Mercury was once widely used in a variety of household products and is also contained in some foods, particularly fish products. Over the years, the threat of mercury has led to a diminished use of this substance in things such as fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, thermometers, and other items. Still, mercury poisoning is a valid threat when a property owner does not take the necessary precautions to contain or remove mercury from the premises.

Unfortunately, as our attorneys at Yearout & Traylor, P.C., know, many Birmingham residents are exposed to mercury due to a property owner’s negligence and poisoned as a result. The dangers that mercury poisoning poses can be varied and extremely damaging, making it critical for anyone who negligently allows mercury poisoning to occur to be held legally accountable.

Dangers of Mercury Poisoning

Mercury poisoning can have numerous dangerous side effects. For instance, a person suffering from mercury poisoning may face:

  • Changes in mood / emotions
  • Increased levels of irritability
  • Weakness / fatigue
  • Tremors
  • Muscle twitches
  • Severe headache
  • Decreased cognitive abilities

All of these side effects can greatly affect a person’s well-being and can even be life-threatening over time or when a person is exposed to high doses of mercury. Sadly, many mercury poisoning incidents could have been prevented if a property owner was more careful in quarantining or completely removing the mercury.

Contact a Premises Liability Attorney in Birmingham

If you or someone that you care about has suffered from mercury poisoning, it may be possible to obtain financial compensation from the property owner who allowed the exposure to mercury to occur. To learn more about your legal options in this situation, call (205) 414-8160. You can discuss your potential case with an experienced legal representative from Yearout & Traylor, P.C.