Heavy metal poisoning occurs when a person ingests or is exposed to dangerous levels of metals. Heavy metals that most commonly lead to heavy metal poisoning include iron, lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminum, chromium, cobalt, copper, manganese, selenium, tin, and other metals.
Symptoms and injuries associated with heavy metal poisoning include:
- Limb numbness
- Uncoordinated movement
- Brain damage
- Birth defects (for instance, when a pregnant person is exposed to metals)
- Various other conditions
As mentioned, ingestion (eating or swallowing) is one of the most common ways that heavy metal poisoning can happen. Other routes of exposure include:
- Exposure through dangerous or tainted medicines
- Dental crowns and fillings
- Leaks from medical implants
- Inhalation from heavy metals being released into the surrounding environment
Various parties can be held liable for heavy metal poisoning. In many cases, heavy metal poisoning can be attributed to some sort of product defect issue. A common example of this is where a medical implant is defective, such as with a knee implant that is leaking heavy metals into the blood stream. In such instance, the manufacturer of the implant may be held liable under a product defect legal theory.
In other cases, pharmaceutical professionals may be held liable for negligence if they prescribe a drug that they know or should have known might cause heavy metal poisoning. In such cases, a malpractice suit might follow.
Lastly, persons or entities who are responsible for environmental conditions can be held liable for injuries caused by heavy metals. An example of this is where a mining or construction company pollutes an area, contaminating local drinking water. In such cases, a toxic exposure class action lawsuit might result.
Heavy metal poisoning injuries can be serious and can lead to long-term health issues. Such injuries may result in a lawsuit against the liable party. These types of lawsuits will typically involve a monetary damages award issued to the injured party. The award may cover costs like medical expenses, hospital and treatment bills, and other losses such as lost wages.
Cases involving injuries to multiple people can result in other consequences, such as a product recall, loss of operating licenses for the liable parties, and other similar remedies.
Injury laws that cover heavy metal poisoning can be complex. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a legal claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation during the filing and court processes.