Description – Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is present throughout the environment and in plants and animals. Human activity may cause naturally occurring mercury to be released into the environment. Some of the primary sources of human released mercury include coal-fired electric utilities, municipal waste combustors, medical waste incinerators, and hazardous waste combustors.
Risks – Generally, the main source of mercury poisoning occurs from the ingestion of mercury-laden foods, such as shellfish and fish. Others sources of ingested mercury can come from imported medicines. Other less common sources are from dental fillings, broken mercury thermometers or fluorescent light bulbs. At high doses, mercury poisoning can lead to neurological problems including headaches, limb numbness, insomnia, convulsions and uncoordinated movement. Exposure to mercury at low levels may lead to brain damage. Birth defects are also common when a pregnant woman is exposed to mercury poisoning.
If you believe you’ve become sick due to mercury poisoning you should see a doctor right away. You may also wish to consult an experienced products liability lawyer. A products liability attorney can help you determine who is responsible for your exposure and get proper compensation for your injuries.