The toxicity of mercury is well-documented, and the medical complications that can arise from excessive exposure to the substance frequently cause damage to the kidneys, lungs, and even brains of the victims. Mercury poisoning symptoms begin subtly and inhibit the immune system of the victim, meaning that without proper diagnosis a patient will steadily and slowly decline in health with a variety of vague symptoms.
Many industries use devices and materials which put employees at risk of exposure to mercury, such as jewelry crafting, gold and silver recovery operations, dentistry, scientific laboratories, and hospitals. If you are suffering from mercury poisoning as a result to continue exposure at your workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Symptoms of Mercury Sickness
If you work with or around mercury, it is essential to be aware of the symptoms which may indicate you are suffering from mercury poisoning. Remain alert for the following:
- Irregularities in blood pressure.
- Digestive complications like diarrhea or cramps
- Oral and dental issues such as a darkening of the gums or loose teeth
- Chronic coughing, or the onset of emphysema
- Persistent headaches
It is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe you may be suffering from mercury poisoning.
At Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, our Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyers have built years of successful practice around defending the rights of workers just like you. If you are suffering from mercury poisoning caused by job-related exposure, contact us today by calling 910-488-1600 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.