Lead Poisoning in Children & Adults: How Lawyers Help
A lead poisoning lawyer sees the harm that lead contamination causes. Lead poisoning is a serious problem in the United States. While adults can suffer greatly from lead contamination, lead poisoning is especially dangerous for children. When a child under 6 years old is exposed to lead, it can cause irreparable damage:
- Brain damage, resulting in lower IQ, mental retardation, behavior problems, seizures
- Stunted growth
- Bone abnormalities
- Abnormal kidney function
- Reproductive difficulties
Symptoms that occur in adults who are exposed to lead include:
- High blood pressure
- Fertility problems
- Persistent pain in joints and muscles
- Cognitive problems, such as memory loss and concentration difficulties
- Nerve disorders
- Mood swings
Lawyers understand the horrors that lead poisoning can cause for a family. Unfortunately, the damage is permanent and irreversible. However, a lead poisoning attorney can help a family recover money to pay for medical bills, rehabilitative therapies, special education, as well as to compensate the victim for the suffering the exposure caused.
How Victims Get Lead Poisoning
Lead was once a common ingredient in paint, plumbing fixtures, and gasoline. However, scientists began to discover how dangerous the element is, even in small amounts. This fact led the U.S. government to ban the use of lead in paint in 1978. Many homes built before this date have lead paint present. If a property owner fails to properly maintain paint and it begins to chip and peel, young children can ingest the paint chips, resulting in lead poisoning.
Lead poisoning can also be blamed on painting contractors who fail to follow proper lead paint removal procedures. Scraping and sanding lead paint can cause toxic dust that can be inhaled or ingested.
There is no safe amount of lead for the human body. Lead interferes with enzymes and nutrients that are essential to good health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as little as 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood can cause health problems in kids. If a pregnant woman is contaminated with lead, the metal can be released from her bones, thus transferring the toxin to the fetus.
Landlords and building owners who ignore peeling paint and contractors who do not take proper precautions can cause children and adults to be exposed to lead. If you or your family was contaminated by lead because of someone else’s negligence, you need a lead poisoning lawyer.
How Attorneys Can Help
Lead poisoning attorneys can help victims get the justice and money they deserve for the illnesses lead exposure can cause. Lead poisoning lawyers who work with Lawyers Group offer free, no-obligation consultations to victims of lead poisoning. Generally, they take these cases on a contingency fee basis, so there are usually no initial costs to hire a lead poisoning lawyer. Instead, fees are paid after your case is concluded and you have received your compensation.
Successful lawsuits force all landlords, property owners, and businesses to be more diligent about protecting the public against the dangers of lead exposure. Therefore, your action may not only get you the money you need, you will also be playing an important role in helping keep other people from being exposed to this dangerous element.
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