Mercury poisoning can occur if a worker is exposed to a high levels of mercury during a work accident – leading to acute mercury poisoning – or as a result of chronic mercury poisoning over time, with regular exposure to minute quantities of mercury at work.
Mercury exposure is a risk for those working in a wide range of industries, including:
Mercury – also called quicksilver, liquid silver or Hydragyrum – can react with different chemicals and metals, resulting in fumes and explosion, including ammonia, nitric acid and hot concentrated sulphuric acid.
Mercury exists as elemental mercury, organic mercury or inorganic mercury. Mining ore can contain mercury, with a risk of mercury entering the atmosphere as a result of incineration or through soil and fertilisers.
Mercury can be absorbed through the skin or ingested or inhaled – it is odourless but can release toxic fumes when heated to the point of decomposition.
The initial symptoms of mercury poisoning – also known as mercurialism or hydrargyria – may be tremors, cough or feeling nauseous. General symptoms of mercury poisoning include:
Employers have a duty to protect workers from the risks of mercury poisoning, including carrying out risk assessments in the workplace, checking for contamination – and advising employees of the risks of working with mercury, as well as arranging any health checks needed and providing protective safety equipment at work.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can advise workers who have suffered injury as a result of mercury poisoning caused by employer negligence on how to make a no win no fee mercury poisoning compensation claim.
Workers who have been diagnosed with mercury poisoning have three years from the date of diagnosis in which to make a no win no fee compensation claim, if an employer has failed to protect a worker from exposure to mercury at work – or advise a worker of the risks under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
Duncan Lewis can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has lost their life as a result of mercury poisoning – or was diagnosed at post-mortem with work-related mercury poisoning – on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors are leading firm of no win no fee lawyers and can advise victims of industrial diseases and their families on how to make mercury poisoning compensation claims – including cases where a disease or degenerative condition caused by exposure to mercury at work has been diagnosed years later.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors employ medical experts in industrial diseases if it is necessary to prove a link between a claimant’s employment and later being diagnosed with mercury poisoning caused by exposure to mercury in the workplace.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for work-related mercury poisoning, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis of a disease caused by mercury poisoning to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Mercury Poisoning Compensation Claims call Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.