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Home > Personal Injury > Industrial Diseases > Mercury Poisoning

Mercury Poisoning

Acute poisoning by mercury in industry these days is rare. However, chronic poisoning can occur, and will cause a variety of serious injuries/illnesses. These can include tremor and damage to the fingers, feet, etc., damage to the kidney, and conditions similar to multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

Mercury is found in various industries, particularly in the chemical industry in one of the methods for producing chlorine as well as the production of fungicides, and biocides, in the manufacture of thermometers, batteries, dental amalgam, etc.

If exposure occurs at work, there are a number of regulations which can apply, including the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

If you think you have been exposed to mercury, medical intervention is essential. A urine test will determine whether there has been any recent exposure

If you are unlucky enough to suffer an illness, disease or injury as a result such exposure, it is possible that you may be able to bring a claim for damages, otherwise known as compensation.

Detailed evidence will be necessary to establish that the exposure you suffered is capable of causing the injury complained of, that it did in fact cause your injury, that there was a foreseeable risk of such injury occurring and that the person or body responsible was negligent or in breach of statutory duty in allowing or causing the leak or discharge to occur. This will require a considerable body of expert evidence from technical experts in different fields.

Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of personal injury, so please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for compensation.

Clear Answers lawyers are experts in all aspects of personal injury work and in how to pursue claims for damages. They will be able to advise you whether a claim for damages is possible, give guidance and assistance on how the claim can be pursued and ensure that all the correct evidence is obtained to secure the best result for you.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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