There are many chemicals that are harmful to human beings. Lead, asbestos, ammonia, and chlorine are but a few. Another serious chemical that is extremely harmful to humans is mercury. Although lead poisoning and asbestos poisoning may be better known than mercury poisoning, mercury poisoning is also a significant threat to people.
Mercury can be found in many sources. Some fish are known to have dangerously high levels of mercury. Some fluorescent light bulbs have mercury. Old thermostats are also known to have mercury.
Although most people do not come into contact with dangerous amounts of mercury, those people that do come into contact with a lot of mercury face serious dangers. Initially, they may just get fevers, shivers, scratchiness, and rashes. If exposure to mercury continues, however, more serious symptoms develop, such as loss of hair and nails. Ultimately, mercury poisoning can be fatal.
In the United States of America, it is well known that mercury is dangerous. There are many laws and regulations in the U.S. that were put in place to protect people. Many of these regulations affect businesses. For example, laws govern how factories dump waste in rivers to minimize people’s exposure to mercury. Some of the laws that have been passed in the U.S. are the Clear Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Mercury poisoning is a serious problem, as the health and the financial costs can be heavy. If you have or somebody you know has suffered from mercury poisoning, contact the Racine personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 1-262-554-6200.