Lead poisoning is a serious, sometimes fatal condition; as such protecting employees against lead poisoning should be a high priority to employers. Lead poisoning at work is caused by a build-up of lead in the body; lead can be either ingested or breathed in through dust which cannot be smelled or tasted and cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Lead poisoning usually occurs over a period of months or years as lead is a highly toxic metal that can cause serious physical and mental injuries. Though severe lead poisoning can be treated, the damage is causes cannot be reversed.
Lead is gradually being used less and less, with replacements being found as an alternative, however, as it can take years to develop lead poisoning we at Accident Advice Helpline are still seeing a high number of claims from people who have sustained injuries from lead poisoning at work. As such we are highly experienced and successful in helping our customers to claim the compensation they deserve from their employers.
Symptoms of lead exposure
Typical symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain and/or cramps
- Loss of appetite
- High blood pressure
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Memory loss
- Kidney dysfunction
- Sleeping problems
- Aggressive behaviour
- In children common symptoms also include: loss of developmental skills, behavioural problems, low IQ resulting in poor grades, learning difficulties, slow growth and problems hearing.
Someone exposed to a high, toxic dose of lead poisoning might also have the following symptoms:
- Severe abdominal pain and cramping
- Muscle weakness
- Stumbling when walking
- Falling into a coma
Treatment of lead poisoning at work
In more severe cases the injured party may have to undergo chelation therapy which is a treatment that binds to lead which has accumulated in the body and excretes it with your urine.
Alternatively a chemical called EDTA may also be used. Despite these treatments it is extremely difficult to reverse the effects of chronic lead exposure.
If you have recently been diagnosed with lead poisoning and would like to know if you are eligible to claim compensation, or if you would like to find out how much you could be owed, call Accident Advice Helpline and speak to one of our specialists on 0800 689 0500, our experts will help you to begin your claim process today.
Date Published: August 10, 2015
Author: Rob Steen