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Mercury is a naturally occurring substance that can have serious and irreversible physical, cognitive, and neurological consequences when one ingests or inhales it in large amounts. Many people are exposed to methylmercury, which can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, through the consumption of seafood and shellfish. This type of mercury is not its only form; exposure to elemental (metallic) mercury is another common cause of mercury poisoning. Elemental mercury exposure can result from old containers, products, and devices, some of which used to be common in homes, which have broken and released the mercury as a vapor. Individuals can inhale the vapor and suffer a number of serious health problems as a result. Some of the most common symptoms of this type of exposure are outlined below.
If you or a loved one has suffered from mercury poisoning from negligent exposure in your home, you may be entitled to compensation to help mitigate the emotional, physical, neurological, and financial losses you have suffered as a result. Here at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, our team of qualified premises liability attorneys understands how devastating mercury poisoning can be. We believe that irresponsible individuals should be brought to justice for their crimes. If you have any questions or want to speak to one of our Chicago premises liability attorneys, please contact us at (312) 346-8620 today.