Mercury Comes in Many Forms and All Are Dangerous to Children
Mercury – a common substance found in air, water and soil – exists in many types of forms.
For example, liquid mercury commonly referred to as “metallic” or “elemental” mercury is used to make everyday items such as fluorescent light bulbs, small batteries, dental fillings, and thermometers. Although in small amounts liquid mercury is not by itself dangerous, this metal becomes increasingly more toxic and dangerous when it evaporates and becomes gas or vapor. Breathing in mercury vapors – especially over time – can be quite harmful.
Another form of mercury is called “methyl” mercury. A naturally occurring compound, methyl mercury exists everywhere. This type of mercury is emitted from industrial pollution and settles in rivers, oceans and soil eventually becoming a part of our food supply.
A third form of mercury is “Thimerosal”, a substance commonly used as a preservative in vaccines and biologics in order to increase the product’s shelf life. While Thimerosal is no longer allowed in the United States it used to be common in childhood vaccines previously. Recently, studies have found a link between Thimerosal and mercury poisoning.
The risks of mercury poisoning are particularly high to the most vulnerable in our society – infants and young children. If your child is suffering as a result of a mercury poisoning accident, call The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan to learn about your rights and obligations under the law. Because commonly a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within certain time frames, known as a Statute of Limitations, it is important that you speak with a seasoned child mercury poisoning accident lawyer sooner rather than later.
Symptoms of Child Mercury Poisoning
Even though people of all ages can suffer injuries from mercury poisoning, this metal is especially harmful to unborn children, infants and very young children. This is because the toxins in mercury usually affect the brain and nervous system, which are developing during these time periods of human growth and development. Mercury poisoning can pass from a pregnant mother to the fetus, causing irreversible damage.
Child mercury poisoning accident victims often develop long-term speech and motor coordination impairments, have memory and attention difficulties, and may experience tremors and numbness in the body. Some studies have linked mercury poisoning to an increased risk of ADHD in children.
A wide range of symptoms may result from mercury poisoning such as:
- Headaches, nausea, vomiting or blurry vision;
- Accelerated heart beats or heavy breathing;
- Abdominal pain;
- Pink or red hands, feet and nose;
- Concentration and/or memory issues;
- Peeling or pain in the legs, arms, hands or feet; and
- Weakness or tremors.
Help for Child Mercury Poisoning Accident Victims
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If your child has been injured as a result of a mercury poisoning accident, call the child accident victim lawyers at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan today. The long-term effect of injuries resulting from child mercury poisoning are serious and may last a lifetime. Our firm has a solid track record of helping the families of child victims for decades, in all types of cases, including those involving child mercury poisoning accidents. Whether the injury or death is a result of negligence, product liability, premises liability or any other related issues, these skilled lawyers are here to help. Don’t try to navigate this difficult time alone. Contact us today for an initial case evaluation.
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