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Louisville Mercury Poisoning Lawyer

If you have suffered because of acute mercury poisoning in the Louisville area, you may be entitled to compensation. There are many household products containing mercury that pose risks if mishandled, and it is homeowners’ responsibility to ensure they are handled properly and their property remains safe for guests. If a property owner has neglected to do so and created health risks for you or a loved one, our team at Sampson Law Firm is determined to get you the compensation you deserve. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please call us at (502) 584-5050 and find out how we can help.

Why Hire a Mercury Poisoning Lawyer?

In these types of cases, a lawyer can help you with resolving the difficult questions that arise. There are multiple ways that you could have had unsafe exposure to mercury, so a key step in the investigation is finding how you were put at risk. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established clear guidelines that mark the limits of mercury that are permissible by law. An experienced mercury poisoning attorney is aware of these guidelines and can use their knowledge to find out how you were put at risk before proceeding with your case. Often due to the complex nature of cases such as these, the advice of experts is needed. Attorneys know the best way to seek the advice of experts and work with them to build a strong case on your behalf.

Why Choose Sampson Law Firm

At Sampson Law Firm, we care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our clients. When someone’s health is endangered by unsafe levels of mercury in someone else’s property, we feel that justice must be served. As our client, we are determined to get you the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers have the knowledge and expertise that is necessary to get quick results in cases such as these. In addition, we understand the suffering that comes as a result of the negligence of others and we will offer you support as we fight for your right to compensation. During the legal process, which may be complicated at times, we can walk you through each step. During this process, we make sure that not only your rights are protected, but we are making steady progress towards your goal of fair compensation.

Mercury Poisoning Cases We Handle

Mercury is a natural element that is widely found in the air, water, and soil. In many cases it is harmless to humans. However, a certain type of mercury (methylmercury) is toxic, being commonly found in fish and shellfish, but some household products as well, such as fluorescent light bulbs. There are numerous instances where special care should be taken to ensure that mercury levels aren’t too high. For example, a property owner has an obligation to make sure their property is safe for their guests. In the case that a light bulb breaks in their home and emits mercury in the air, they must clean it up to make sure that guests aren’t exposed to health risks from exposure. When property owners fail to follow this responsibility, they are demonstrating negligence.

If you fall victim to a case of mercury poisoning due to a property owner’s negligence, you have legitimate cause to file a claim against them. The victims of acute mercury exposure can experience several serious symptoms. They can include vomiting, respiratory problems, coughing blood, inflammation of the mouth, mood swings, muscle spasms, kidney damage, and damage to the nervous system. It is important to assess the severity of the poisoning, and this depends on the dose and the way that it was contracted (orally, contact with the skin, etc.).

Your attorney can help you set up a medical examination that will determine the severity of your ailment. In order to make sure that your claim is successful, you must make sure that it provides evidence to the court. Your attorney must prove four things that indicate that your employer/property owner was, in fact, negligent, leading to your ailment. The first of these is that the property owner was responsible for keeping you safe as their guest, and the second is that they failed in doing so as you were exposed to unhealthy levels of mercury. Following this, your attorney must prove that the property owner’s negligence was the direct cause of your ailment. Lastly, your attorney must prove that you suffered significant monetary damages. Your attorney can also work with experts to make certain the source of your symptoms and make a credible case that they are tied to your exposure to mercury caused by another’s negligence.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common sources of mercury?

Mercury can be found in the air, water, and soil, but the toxic form of mercury, methylmercury, is the one that is most important to consider when thinking about human safety. The most common source of methylmercury is fish and shellfish. However, there are some types of fish that contain more methylmercury than others. These include king mackerel, marlin, swordfish, and bigeye tuna, among others.

What are the different forms of mercury?

The different forms of mercury of elemental (or metallic), inorganic, and organic. The elemental and inorganic forms can be exposed to people in some work environments, while the organic form is present in certain foods that people eat.

What are ways to reduce human exposure to mercury?

One way to reduce human exposure to mercury includes phasing out the use of coal as an energy source, as it is a major source of mercury, and relying more on other sources of energy. Additional ways to reduce human exposure are to eliminate mercury mining and use the alternative solution of recycling the mercury that is already present and phase out products that contain mercury.

Contact Us Today

Our attorneys at Sampson Law Firm provide the best legal assistance for cases of mercury poisoning. If you have been poisoned as a result of someone else’s negligence, we are determined to put our experience to use by getting you the compensation you deserve. Call us for a free consultation at (502) 584-5050.