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Jacksonville Premises Liability Lawyer: Mercury Poisoning

The heavy metal mercury was used in construction and even medicine for thousands of years before people became aware of its dangers. Even today, small amounts of it or its compounds can be found in many products such as computers and fluorescent light bulbs. When mercury is regularly inhaled, even in very small amounts, it can cause a dangerous condition known as mercury poisoning.

If you or someone you love has suffered from mercury poisoning while on someone else’s property, contact Jacksonville premises liability lawyer Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning

Mercury and its compounds attack the central nervous system and kidneys, creating a variety of very serious symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms are:

  • Desquamation, or peeling skin
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Red lips, cheeks, and nose, especially in children
  • Neuropathy, or a feeling of itching, burning, or pain
  • Cognitive symptoms, including mental illness and coma

Pregnant women who are exposed to mercury may have children with severe birth defects. Even with proper medical treatment, severe mercury poisoning can be fatal.

Causes of Mercury Poisoning

Mercury is often found in labs, hospitals, and dental clinics. If any of these areas are not properly cleaned and maintained, anyone who visits them can be at risk for developing mercury poisoning. Broken fluorescent lights and batteries that were not properly disposed of have also been linked to cases of mercury poisoning in the recent past.

How a Jacksonville Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered from mercury poisoning due to a property owner’s negligence, you may have grounds for a premises liability suit. Taking legal action would allow you to win compensation for medical expenses, missed wages, and pain and suffering.

To speak with a Jacksonville premises liability attorney, contact the offices of Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

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