The attention of the nation has been focused on the injury and death caused by the recent tornados in several cities. However, there may be personal injury cases that result from the aftereffects of these tornados that have not even occurred yet. California and other states are sending hundreds of volunteers to Oklahoma to assist in cleanup efforts, and these volunteers may be exposed to dangerous toxins from rubble caused by the destruction of buildings.
Those in Los Angeles and Orange County who eat a lot of seafood may want to take note of one report on mercury exposure coming out of the Midwest. The amount of this toxic metal exposure is being greatly reduced by the coal mining industry. In fact, they have reduced the amount of mercury sent through their smokestacks by over 50 percent in the past 15 years while hoping to reduce that number by another 75 percent by 2016.