Zinc poisoning can occur if a person ingests high amounts of zinc or is otherwise exposed to zinc through other means (such as inhaling it or absorbing it through the skin). These types of cases can be serious and can involve injuries and medical conditions such as:
- Stomach pain and cramps;
- Flu-like symptoms;
- Shortness of breath; and/or
- Various other conditions.
Serious complications can occur in relation to zinc poisoning. Recovery can sometimes take several weeks or longer. Prolonged exposure or repeated cases of zinc poisoning can lead to more serious medical conditions.
In many cases, zinc poisoning or zinc toxicity occurs from people coming into contact with certain products. Products that contain zinc include denture cream, some ointments and skin creams, various other household products. Some paints may contain zinc and other heavy metals. Some ingestible products may also contain zinc, such as some cold and flu medicines, as well as vitamin supplements.
Lastly, zinc poisoning is also frequently related to welding occupations and other occupations where heavy metals are heated. In this way, zinc poisoning can sometimes occur through inhalation.
Who can be Held Liable for Zinc Poisoning Injuries?
Depending on the case, different parties might potentially be held liable for a zinc poisoning injury. In some cases, the manufacturer of a product that contains zinc may be held liable if there is a defect with the product that makes it more dangerous. For instance, if a product is defective because it contains too much zinc in violation of safety standards, the manufacturer might be held liable under a product liability theory. Another similar instance is where a product fails to disclose risks and warnings regarding zinc poisoning.
In other cases, a place of business that knowingly sells or serves products that have been subject to recall may be held liable for resulting injuries.
What are the Legal Remedies for a Zinc Poisoning Case?
Zinc poisoning cases can involve serious injuries and may require legal action to resolve any existing or potential disputes. In such lawsuits, the remedy will usually be a compensatory damages award that is issued to the injured party. The damages can cover losses such as medical bills, hospital expenses, lost wages due to missing work during recovery, pain and suffering damages, and other costs.
In cases where the injuries are caused by a specific product, that product may be subject to a recall, and may also be associated with class action suits as well.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Zinc Poisoning Lawsuit?
Zinc poisoning cases can be serious, and may involve some complex laws. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation for your case.