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Lead Poisoning: Do You Have A Case?

The dangers of being exposed to lead can be catastrophic, especially because the damage is permanent and irreversible. While adults can suffer greatly from lead contamination, lead poisoning is particularly dangerous for children. Because symptoms occur slowly over time, it’s important to hire an attorney that is an expert surrounding the law of leading poisoning. Such an attorney can recover money to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitative therapies, special education, as well as to compensate the victim for the suffering the exposure caused.

Most Common Sources of Lead

  • Paint (older homes, furniture, crafts)
  • Lead Dust
  • Contaminated Soil
  • Drinking water
  • Lead in Children’s Toys
  • Air Pollution

Key Factors Associated With Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning can cause a myriad of very serious health problems. Symptoms in children include mental retardation, brain damage, and seizures. A child’s growth can be stunted and they can suffer problems with their bones, kidneys, and reproductive organs. In very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal to children. Adults can also be affected by lead poisoning. Common problems associated with lead exposure include hypertension, infertility, chronic pain, memory difficulties, nerve disorders, and behavioral problems. If you or your family members are exhibiting these symptoms, see a doctor immediately. If you are diagnosed with lead poisoning, contact a lawyer to discover the source of the exposure.

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Detecting Lead Exposure

If you live in an apartment building that was built before 1979, it is very possible that the peeling paint could have been the source of the lead poisoning. Lead is a toxic heavy metal that was used in paint prior to the late 1970’s. If your landlord failed to do proper maintenance on your paint and the peeling chips were ingested by your child, it could result in the serious, lifelong health consequences of lead poisoning. A lead poisoning lawyer can investigate the matter. If your landlord was responsible for your child’s exposure, a lead poisoning attorney can help you file a lawsuit to recover damages.

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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
  • Coma
  • Death

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.

Should I Contact a Lawyer for Lead Poisoning?

Lead poisoning can cause severe neurological damage, affect almost every organ system, and cause lasting problems in growth and development. Environmental laws have reduced lead exposure in the United States, but it is still a health risk, especially for young children.

Find out if you have a lawsuit claim by answering the questions below:

  • Do you live in or regularly visiting homes/buildings built before 1978?
  • Have you been exposed to lead products and materials, while on the job?
  • Did you consume foods that contain lead solder?
  • Has your child been exposed to lead contaminants?
  • Do you live in communities with industrial pollution?
  • Was there a lead contamination in your local water source?

If lead exposure has led to death, you may want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit

Important: Time Limit to File Injury Claim

State law limits how long you have after an injury occurs until you file an injury claim. If you’ve been hurt in an accident or due to negligence, it’s critical you speak to a local personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, to see if you have a claim and can get money for your injuries, lost income, and medical bills.

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