While many things can bring harm to a person, some of the most dangerous and difficult to discern are exposure to chemicals and poisons.

If you or a loved one has been unwittingly exposed to hazardous chemicals, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, especially if the exposure was caused by another party’s negligence. Do not hesitate to contact a Clearwater chemical exposure lawyer to begin building your case.

Mercury Poisoning

People in today’s world face a host of dangers to their health. From environmental pollution to fatty foods, seemingly everything is contaminated.  One health danger that may affect people today is mercury, a chemical compound. Exposure to mercury causes a variety of symptoms and effects to humans. Exposure to mercury can lead to:

  • Itching
  • Scratching
  • Burning
  • Heavy sweating
  • Abnormally fast heart-rate for extended periods of time
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Peeling of nails and skin
  • Death

This list is not, however, a complete list of the effects of mercury poisoning.

Clearly, the effects of mercury can be serious. But how does one get exposed to mercury? There are a number of ways. You may eat salmon, which often contains high levels of mercury. Or, you may touch a broken fluorescent light bulb, which has mercury in it. Mercury is often used in producing gold as well. Mercury can even be in the air, and people can get exposed to it by breathing contaminated air.

Mercury poisoning is a serious problem. Often times, people who are exposed to mercury are exposed to it because of somebody else’s actions, when this is the case it it important to consult with a chemical exposure attorney in Clearwater.

Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning is a serious threat to people’s health. People exposed to lead can face a number of very serious health problems. Some of the many problems include:

  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Blue gums
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • Cognitive problems

In essence, lead affects the central and peripheral nervous systems of human beings.

People can be exposed to lead form a variety of sources. They may breathe lead from the air, or come in contact with old paint that contains lead. Little children may eat chipped paint off of walls and consume the lead in the paint.

Some toys or cribs may accidentally have been painted with lead paint, and when children chew or bite such things they can consume the lead. Furthermore, old water pipes used to be made out of lead. If any such pipes still exist and people drink water that has run through them, they can consume lead.

Lead poisoning has a long history. It is believed that the Roman aqueducts contained lead and when the Romans drank water from the aqueducts, they consumed lead. Some historians assert that lead poisoning may have contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. Moreover, in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and the United States, alcohol was often exposed to lead when it was being made and harmed those who drank it.

While many measures have been taken to decrease human exposure to lead in the present day, lead poisoning can still occur, thereby warranting contact with a chemical exposure attorney in Clearwater.

Air-Borne Illnesses

People take their food for granted. They go to grocery stores and restaurants, purchase food, and expect that the food will be safe. While usually things work this way, unfortunately not all purchased food is safe. One of the dangers that people face when consuming food is the threat of salmonella.

Salmonella is a bacterium that people take in through food that is somehow contaminated with feces, whether of non-human animals like rodents that make their way into large food supplies, or of humans who do not wash their hands after going to bathroom and then handle food. Consequently, food in restaurants can be tainted with salmonella, and so can foods processed in factories, foods like crackers or peanut butter.

Preventing Salmonella

There are two main ways to fight salmonella. One way is to thoroughly wash one’s hands with soap after going to the bathroom. This way, salmonella bacteria can be removed and will not contaminate and food handled. The other important method is cooking foods at high enough temperatures so that not only the outside but also the inside of the food is cooked thoroughly, killing any salmonella bacteria present.

People who eat food contaminated with salmonella can develop one or many symptoms, which are typically very unpleasant. These can include diarrhea, fever, or illness. In extreme cases, salmonella can also cause death.

Contacting An Attorney

If you or someone you know has been exposed to mercury, lead, or consumed food contaminated with salmonella, contact the Clearwater chemical exposure lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, PLLC by visiting their website or by calling 727-441-9030.

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