Mercury poisoning is a serious illness associated with extensive damage to the nervous system, including the brain and many other vital bodily systems. While often fatal, mercury poisoning is a cumulative illness and the effects do not always appear quickly. Once mercury enters the body, even in microscopic quantities, it does not leave and gradually destroys the person’s nervous system.
If you or someone you love has developed mercury poisoning as a result of another party’s negligence, you can seek compensation for your losses. Contact the Champaign personal injury lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., at (217) 328-2828 for more information.
Effects of Mercury Exposure
Although short-term exposure to mercury is extremely dangerous, long-term exposure to small quantities of mercury can be deadlier. Long-term exposure to mercury can lead to brain damage, neurological impairments, and even death. When mercury is inhaled as vapor, it is absorbed much more readily than when mercury is ingested. People who have been exposed to low concentrations of mercury vapor for years often develop serious brain damage.
Effects of mercury poisoning commonly include damage to the nervous and endocrine systems, kidney damage, unexplained pain, and reddish skin discoloration. Kidney damage can lead to a prolonged death, but the effects on the nervous system are especially tragic—in particular when it affects children. Many children who have experienced mercury poisoning are permanently mentally disabled, facing a lifelong struggle with their condition.
If you or someone you love has suffered mercury poisoning because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and related losses. To learn how the experienced Champaign personal injury lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. can help you, contact us today at (217) 328-2828/