You will no doubt be aware that mercury is used in thermometers so we can easily tell the temperature. However it is a very dangerous substance to be exposed to if you breathe it in or get it on your skin.
While few workplaces will have mercury present in any form, this isn’t always the case. There will be some situations in which workers do have the chance to be exposed to mercury. In these cases they should always be protected from it so they do not come to any harm.
How often is mercury used in the workplace?
Actually not very often at all. Indeed, compared to the past there are few uses of it today. However, even in isolated cases someone might be exposed to mercury and be poisoned by it as a result. If this should happen it can cause numerous health problems, either through short-term exposure or by being exposed to it over a much longer period of time.
Symptoms can potentially include nausea and vomiting, and perhaps mood swings and a feeling of irritability as well. As such it can sometimes be difficult to identify mercury poisoning as the cause of your symptoms, especially as many of them can be caused by other things. However, the more you know about mercury and how it might affect you – especially if you are involved in using it wherever you work – the easier it will be to identify a potential case of poisoning.
Urgent medical attention
If you suspect you have been poisoned in this way, you should always seek medical advice and treatment as quickly as you can. By doing this you stand a chance of recovering and perhaps limiting the symptoms you suffer from. However, regardless of the symptoms you get you should always see if you might be entitled to make a claim for mercury poisoning compensation.
If you think this might be the case for you, why not call 0800 689 0500 today? This free enquiry line is the best way to get through to the team at Accident Advice Helpline. As such you can call us to learn whether one of our experienced lawyers could help you put together a strong claim for mercury poisoning compensation. Don’t hesitate or leave things in doubt – one call could be all you need to get things started towards making a claim.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead