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Mercury Poisoning Lawyers

Mercury is a type of metal that is commonly found in certain types of edible fish. Recent news regarding mercury poisoning has come to light which suggests that the problem may be more widespread and dangerous than previously thought. Mercury especially causes problems for women who are pregnant, women of child-bearing age, young children, and any unborn fetus. Mercury exposure has been linked to severe fetal brain damage that can lead to lifelong conditions and even death.


What Types of Fish Contain High Levels of Mercury?

  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • King Mackerel
  • Tilefish

Other commonly eaten seafoods contain lower amounts of mercury in general but are still on the caution list for people who can be potentially harmed.


These Types of Seafood Include:

  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Catfish
  • Shrimp

The problems concerning mercury poisoning cases have become so extreme that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning page on its website for consumers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mercury in Fish and Shellfish From the FDA:

Q: "What is mercury and methylmercury?"

A: Industrial pollution as well as naturally occuring mercury falls from the air and accumulates in streams and oceans which then becomes methylmercury and builds up in fish as they absorb it while feeding. The levels vary depending on type of fish and what they eat.

Q: I'm a woman that is not currently pregnant. How long before I get pregnant should I stop eating fish?

A: That depends on how much fish you eat and what types. If you frequently eat fish with high mercury levels, it can accumulate in your blood stream over time and can stay in there for more than a year. So, best recommendation is to stop eating fish with high levels of mercury if you are trying to become pregnant.

Q: "Is there methylmercury in all fish and shellfish?"

A: Yes, but swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish have lived longer thus accumulating more methylmercury than other types of fish and shelfish.

Q: Where can I get more information about the levels of mercury in the types of fish I eat?

A: More information can be found at the FDA website. Click here to get the entire list of all fish and the levels of methylmercury in each species.

Scientists and researchers are theorizing that mercury levels in commonly eaten fish like tuna are rising because of pollution and industrial practices worldwide. The FDA recommends that people not eat foods containing more than 1 ppm of methyl mercury. Recent revelations, however, show that several tuna fish brands have more mercury than previously thought, higher than 1ppm. In addition, a 2006 Consumer Reports article stated that no pregnant woman should eat any tuna at all.

High levels of mercury can cause a condition known as acrodynia. Acrodynia is a type of poisoning that has symptoms including pain, skin sensitivity, sweating, heart related problems and inability to move or walk properly. In the unborn mercury can affect fetal development and cause serious cases of birth defects that may stay with the child for their life.

The severity of mercury poisoning can be devasting not just physically, but emotionally as well. Our California Injury Attorneys have years of experience handling mercury poisoning cases. We work many of these cases on a contingent fee basis which means that you only pay us if we successfully win your case. Our payment is a preset amount of your award only and we always factor that into any agreed upon settlement.

If you or a loved one has been injured by mercury poisoning, contact us immediately at 949-203-3814 for a Free No-Hassle, No-Obligation Case Consultation. We want to start working for you right away.

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