Overview

When you talk about poisoning, the thoughts people have usually revolve around the ingestion of toxic substances that can kill or, at the very least, cause serious harm to a person. The most common cause of poisoning is food, with people ingesting spoiled or contaminated food experiencing discomfort and other symptoms immediately after or a few hours after eating.

What may not be common knowledge is that a person can actually suffer from poisoning in many different ways. Poisons and other harmful toxins can enter the body through inhalation and via the pores of the skin. Poisons can also come in many different forms. Some can come in the form of medication (excess ingestion of supplements and disregarding contraindications on medication), in mist or vapor, in the dust, and even in an invisible and odorless form.

Types of Poisoning

There are lots of different kinds of poisoning that a person can be exposed to. There are those that come from plants around them, those that are in the food that they eat, in the water they drink, and even in the air they breathe. Here are three of the most common poisoning scenarios that people unwittingly find themselves in, whether at work or elsewhere:

Metal poisoning – In a number of industries, metal poisoning is a rather common scenario particularly if people are exposed regularly to toxic metals such as lead, mercury, zinc, and copper. Also in the list of metals that are considered part of the metals that can cause this kind of poisoning are chromium, copper, manganese, and iron. Metal poisoning does not happen only in the workplace but also at home, when ingestion of such metals in food and water is done on a regular basis.

Pesticide poisoning – When people think of pesticide poisoning, the misconception is that it can only happen when a person is working in the agriculture industry. What people may not be aware of is that a lot of people in other industries can actually become victims of pesticide poisoning too. These include those in the landscaping industry, in the retail industry, and even civilians who live near facilities that use pesticides.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning – The most common source of carbon monoxide is the exhaust of machinery and engines. These can also come from gas appliances in your home or in your workplace (if you work in an industry that uses such appliances). Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas that can be lethal when inhaled in massive doses.

 

Effects of Poisoning

The effects of poisoning can range from minor to severe to deadly. This is often dependent on a number of factors, some of which include the type of poison a person is exposed to and the method of poisoning.

When a poison or toxic substance is ingested, the effects are often quick. The same goes for inhalation. Poisons that are introduced into the body via these two methods are usually fast acting and show their symptoms within a few hours.

Poisoning that happens via skin contact, on the other hand, may take longer to manifest, but this is also dependent on what kind of poisonous substance a person is exposed to.

Here are some general symptoms to watch out for when you suspect poisoning, ranging from mild to moderate to serious:

Mild Symptoms

  • Changes in behavior
  • Nausea, Dizziness and/or Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea, Upset Stomach, and Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue, Headaches, Skin Irritations
  • A slight Cough, Sore Joints, and/or Stiffness
  • Constant Thirst

Moderate Symptoms (May Require Hospitalization)

  • Blurry Vision, Disorientation, and Confusion
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Excessive Saliva Production
  • Watery Eyes
  • Malaise and Fever
  • Flushed or Pale Skin
  • Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)
  • Muscle Twitching and/or Loss of Muscle Control
  • Incessant Coughing
  • Severe Diarrhea and Stomach Cramps
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Seizures, Weakness, and/or Trembling
  • Severe Nausea and/or Sweating

Severe Symptoms (May Result in Death)

  • Convulsions
  • Cardiopulmonary Arrest
  • Uncontrolled Blood Clotting or Bleeding
  • Increase in Heart Rate
  • High Fever and Malaise
  • Fast or Difficulty Breathing
  • Losing Consciousness
  • Severe and Uncontrollable Muscle Twitching
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Status Epilepticus

What to Do When You Are a Victim of Poisoning

When you suspect that your symptoms point to poisoning, whether because of work or due to your surroundings, you need to first have yourself diagnosed and treated. Whether you suffered from chemical poisoning, pesticide poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, or metal poisoning, you might be eligible for compensation.

Becoming a victim of poisoning at work or due to other factors can lead to undue losses because of medical bills and lost time at work. You don’t have to suffer the consequences of the actions or negligence of others. To find out if you are due compensation and financial aid for your woes, answer our questionnaire.

Filling out our questionnaire will give you the answers you need and will help you determine if you can seek financial remuneration from the party that brought about your ailments. Don’t hesitate, however, since all claims for poisoning compensation come with a Statute of Limitations (SOL). Get your answers now and find out in 60 seconds if you do qualify to seek compensation.

Overview

When you talk about poisoning, the thoughts people have usually revolve around the ingestion of toxic substances that can kill or, at the very least, cause serious harm to a person. The most common cause of poisoning is food, with people ingesting spoiled or contaminated food experiencing discomfort and other symptoms immediately after or a few hours after eating.

What may not be common knowledge is that a person can actually suffer from poisoning in many different ways. Poisons and other harmful toxins can enter the body through inhalation and via the pores of the skin. Poisons can also come in many different forms. Some can come in the form of medication (excess ingestion of supplements and disregarding contraindications on medication), in mist or vapor, in the dust, and even in an invisible and odorless form.

Types of Poisoning

There are lots of different kinds of poisoning that a person can be exposed to. There are those that come from plants around them, those that are in the food that they eat, in the water they drink, and even in the air they breathe. Here are three of the most common poisoning scenarios that people unwittingly find themselves in, whether at work or elsewhere:

Metal poisoning – In a number of industries, metal poisoning is a rather common scenario particularly if people are exposed regularly to toxic metals such as lead, mercury, zinc, and copper. Also in the list of metals that are considered part of the metals that can cause this kind of poisoning are chromium, copper, manganese, and iron. Metal poisoning does not happen only in the workplace but also at home, when ingestion of such metals in food and water is done on a regular basis.

Pesticide poisoning – When people think of pesticide poisoning, the misconception is that it can only happen when a person is working in the agriculture industry. What people may not be aware of is that a lot of people in other industries can actually become victims of pesticide poisoning too. These include those in the landscaping industry, in the retail industry, and even civilians who live near facilities that use pesticides.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning – The most common source of carbon monoxide is the exhaust of machinery and engines. These can also come from gas appliances in your home or in your workplace (if you work in an industry that uses such appliances). Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas that can be lethal when inhaled in massive doses.

 

Effects of Poisoning

The effects of poisoning can range from minor to severe to deadly. This is often dependent on a number of factors, some of which include the type of poison a person is exposed to and the method of poisoning.

When a poison or toxic substance is ingested, the effects are often quick. The same goes for inhalation. Poisons that are introduced into the body via these two methods are usually fast acting and show their symptoms within a few hours.

Poisoning that happens via skin contact, on the other hand, may take longer to manifest, but this is also dependent on what kind of poisonous substance a person is exposed to.

Here are some general symptoms to watch out for when you suspect poisoning, ranging from mild to moderate to serious:

Mild Symptoms

  • Changes in behavior
  • Nausea, Dizziness and/or Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea, Upset Stomach, and Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue, Headaches, Skin Irritations
  • A slight Cough, Sore Joints, and/or Stiffness
  • Constant Thirst

Moderate Symptoms (May Require Hospitalization)

  • Blurry Vision, Disorientation, and Confusion
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Excessive Saliva Production
  • Watery Eyes
  • Malaise and Fever
  • Flushed or Pale Skin
  • Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)
  • Muscle Twitching and/or Loss of Muscle Control
  • Incessant Coughing
  • Severe Diarrhea and Stomach Cramps
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Seizures, Weakness, and/or Trembling
  • Severe Nausea and/or Sweating

Severe Symptoms (May Result in Death)

  • Convulsions
  • Cardiopulmonary Arrest
  • Uncontrolled Blood Clotting or Bleeding
  • Increase in Heart Rate
  • High Fever and Malaise
  • Fast or Difficulty Breathing
  • Losing Consciousness
  • Severe and Uncontrollable Muscle Twitching
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Status Epilepticus

What to Do When You Are a Victim of Poisoning

When you suspect that your symptoms point to poisoning, whether because of work or due to your surroundings, you need to first have yourself diagnosed and treated. Whether you suffered from chemical poisoning, pesticide poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, or metal poisoning, you might be eligible for compensation.

Becoming a victim of poisoning at work or due to other factors can lead to undue losses because of medical bills and lost time at work. You don’t have to suffer the consequences of the actions or negligence of others. To find out if you are due compensation and financial aid for your woes, answer our questionnaire.

Filling out our questionnaire will give you the answers you need and will help you determine if you can seek financial remuneration from the party that brought about your ailments. Don’t hesitate, however, since all claims for poisoning compensation come with a Statute of Limitations (SOL). Get your answers now and find out in 60 seconds if you do qualify to seek compensation.

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