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What are some signs of lead poisoning from a workplace?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Workers' Compensation |

Lead poisoning is a serious condition that occurs when lead builds up in the body. This often happens over months or years.

Recognizing the signs of lead poisoning is important for getting timely medical help.

Physical symptoms

One of the first signs of lead poisoning is fatigue and headaches. This can affect workers in industries such as construction, painting and battery manufacturing. Workers may feel tired all the time, even after getting enough rest. This constant tiredness can lead to decreased productivity and increased risk of accidents on the job.

Another physical sign is abdominal pain. Workers might experience sharp stomach pains, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Constipation is also a frequent symptom. These digestive issues can be mistaken for other illnesses, so it is important to consider lead poisoning as a possible cause.

Neurological issues

Lead poisoning can also affect the nervous system. Workers may notice difficulty concentrating and remembering things. This memory loss and trouble focusing can impact job performance and overall safety.

Mood changes are another significant sign. Workers might feel irritable, anxious or depressed without any clear reason.

Long-term health effects

If lead poisoning is not treated, it can lead to severe long-term health problems. High blood pressure is a common issue that can result from prolonged lead exposure. This condition increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Kidney damage is another serious consequence, as the kidneys struggle to filter the lead out of the blood over time.

Employers should provide proper safety equipment and regular health screenings to protect workers from lead exposure. Workers facing this health issue may want to seek fair compensation.