Mercury Contamination Facts
Claimants that scored six points or more during the clinical assessment were entitled to receive benefits.
The amount of the benefit award for adults begins at $250.00. This is based on 6 points. Each point above that number entitles the claimant to $50.00 more per month to a maximum of 16 points, that is, $800.00 per month.
The minimum entitlement score for children was originally 8 points. The benefit award started at $400.00 per month. It went up by $200.00 for each 2 point increase to a limit of $800.00 per month (8 points). In 1999, pediatric neurologists revised the children’s protocol and grading guidelines. Details can be found the Cosway Report.
The report states that a developing fetus and children after birth are most likely to be harmed by mercury poisoning. Some children do not show symptoms of this disease until they begin to walk and talk. Signs to be aware of include lack of co-ordination, e.g. stumbling, mental retardation, inability to move, seizures, muscle weakness, and inability to speak, to name a few.
Adults experience effects such as changes in ability to feel cold and heat, inability to walk, tremors, convulsions and even death in serious cases.
Eligibility to Apply for Benefits
For a person to be eligible to apply for benefits (per legislation), that person must be a current member of Grassy Narrows First Nation or Wabaseemoong Independent Nations; a past member of one of the two bands; or a registered Indian who was customarily resident on one the two first nation communities prior to the first day of October 1985
that since inception to March 31, 2016 the Mercury Disability Board has processed 1064 initial applications for benefits.
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