I believe I was exposed to mercury over a short period time, can I claim for mercury poisoning compensation?
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief
You may qualify for mercury poisoning compensation if it can be proven that your health was affected by mercury which you were exposed to at work, and that your employer breached their legal duty of care. Strict guidelines exist to lower the risk of mercury contamination in the workplace but your possible exposure suggests that your employer may have been negligent and would therefore be responsible for your health issues.
You would be well advised to consult with an experienced solicitor to guide you through the procedures required to make a claim for mercury poisoning compensation. Mercury poisoning can be difficult to diagnose and a medical examination by a professional medical practitioner is essential in proving your exposure.
Issues which may not be automatically considered – such as time limits – can affect the possibility of a successful mercury poisoning compensation claim. A solicitor would be able to explain any difficulties that could arise in an initial consultation that most solicitors will offer for free.
Since the effects of mercury poisoning vary from person to person and are affected by the level length of exposure, you would be recommended to refer any unsolicited offer of early mercury poisoning compensation from the negligent party’s insurers to your solicitor, who can determine whether or not the amount offered sufficiently reflects the way the poisoning has affected your health and the impact it has had on your life.