Atlanta Mercury Poisoning Lawyers
Mercury is a naturally occurring element, remarkable for being the only metal that is a liquid, rather than a solid, at room temperature. Designers and manufacturers have found multiple uses for its unique properties, creating thermometers, light bulbs, barometers, tooth fillings, and many other mercury-based products. For most of humanity’s history mercury has had a place in manufacturing. Tragically, mercury and most of its compounds are exceptionally toxic. Unsuspecting people exposed to mercury in gaseous or liquid form can be severely poisoned if they breathe, ingest, or even simply touch it.
The premises liability attorneys at Ausband & Dumont understand that property owners have a responsibility to keep visitors safe from the serious medical consequences of mercury poisoning. Mercury is a widespread element; it might be found in homes, in hospitals, in schools, or in other public buildings. However, since we are well aware of the dangers of mercury, property owners are expected to take reasonable preventative measures so that this toxic metal does not harm innocent people.
Effects of Mercury Poisoning
Mercury can find its way into your body in a variety of ways. It can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. It is particularly threatening because as a gas it is odorless and invisible. For example, if a thermometer containing liquid mercury breaks and is not cleaned up by a responsible property owner immediately, the metal can evaporate into a gas for an unsuspecting visitor, guest, or customer to inhale.
Once mercury gets into your system, it can cause massive levels of harm. For example, mercury poisoning can result in:
- Severe skin rashes
- Elevated heart rate
- Memory loss
- Muscle weakness
- Impaired vision
- Loss of hair, teeth, or nails
- Kidney dysfunction
Victims of mercury poisoning can face long-lasting health issues that can affect their quality of life forever. Because treatment might mean high medical bills and work lost to recovery time, the law enables victims to seek financial compensation if their condition can be traced to a negligent property owner. Since it can be challenging to determine whether a third party can be held responsible for your suffering, the victims of mercury poisoning should seek legal advice from skilled premises liability attorneys.
How We Can Help
The legal team at Ausband & Dumont knows that property owners are obligated by the law to take reasonable steps to prevent mercury poisoning. When these owners fail in their duty, innocent people can get seriously hurt. If you are the victim of mercury poisoning due to property owner carelessness or oversight, you deserve monetary recompense. Call us at (404) 812-0051 to speak to an experienced professional about your legal options.