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    Re: acute mecury poisoning

    Posted by Caoimhín P. Connell on 2/13/04

    Good morning, Mr. Dressler:

    I have investigated several mercury exposure cases for
    several organizations, including folks like the National
    Center for Atmospheric Research and I have prepared
    toxicological assessments on mercury for courtroom

    In general, mercury is a classic neurotoxin and indeed,
    mercury poisoning is where we get the colloquial phrase “mad
    as a hatter.” Although the alkyl forms are far more toxic
    than is the reduced metal, the vapour pressure of the metal
    is such that exposure to the vapours can present significant
    exposure potentials with devastating toxicological results.

    Whether the degradation of your motorskills is causally
    related to your exposures in particular would be something
    that would need to be investigated further in a systematic
    fashion. A forensic industrial hygienist who is well versed
    in toxicology (such as myself) can be consulted to perform a
    retrospective exposure and risk analysis. I am sure that
    such an individual would be available in your general area-
    feel free to contact me off-line and I should be able to
    point you into the right direction. Unfortunately, such work
    is expensive and usually needs to be performed as part of a
    concerted legal effort.

    I am not sure if you are the person who drank the mercury, or
    did I miss that point? In any event, curiously, the
    ingestion of mercury is not as harmful as most people may
    believe – in fact, strange as it now sounds, drinking of
    mercury was a common cure for constipation!

    I’m not an attorney and not competent to provide legal
    advice, with regard to your tort question, who in your mind
    would have created a wrong from whence an injury occurred?
    In other words, what is your relationship to the
    exposed/owner of the Hg/owner of the building/school? I
    recommend you contact an attorney to discuss the merits of
    your case – however, the degradation of your motorskills may
    very well (or may not) be a result of your exposures.

    Feel free to drop me an email at

    Caoimhín P. Connell

    (The opinions expressed here are exclusively my
    personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect my
    professional opinion, opinion of my employer, peers, or
    professional affiliates. The above post is for information
    only and does not reflect professional advice and is not
    intended to supercede the professional advice of others.)

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