Lead-based paint was banned from housing by the federal government in 1978, therefore many houses and apartments built before 1978 have problems with lead from paint chips and dust. Serious health hazards can arise from this toxin, and children are particularly at risk. Crawling babies and children at play may put their hands and other objects in their mouths, greatly heightening their chances of lead poisoning.
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Children with high levels of lead in their bodies can result in poor quality of health as they grow older due to damages in their brain and nervous system. If not the lead poisoning is not detected early enough, the damage can lead to
- mental health issues
- learning problems and decrease in IQ
- stunted growth
- hearing problems
- chronic headaches, irritability and behavioral problems such as hyperactivity.
Adults also suffer from the harms of lead exposure. They are at risk for damage to their reproductive systems, nerve disorders, high blood pressure, hypertension, memory problems, and muscle and joint pain.
At Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP, we know how to guide you through the necessary steps for medical attention and we will investigate your case. If you think you or your child has been exposed to lead paint, call us to speak to one of our experienced lead poisoning lawyers.
Health Effects After You Have Been Exposed to Lead
Typically, the human body can eliminate trace amounts of lead through urine, bowel movements, and in some cases sweat. However, when the body is exposed to more lead than it can get rid of, the lead becomes stored in the blood, organs, bones, and teeth - leading to lead poisoning.
The Blood Lead Level, known as BBL which is measured in micrograms per deciliter. Greater than 10 is of concern to doctors. Above 15 can require immediate medical attention, especially in infants and children whose bodies are still developing. High blood lead levels of 30+ has damaging health effects: kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, memory loss, slowed reaction time, decreased sperm counts, increased numbers of abnormal sperm, miscarriage, stillbirth, high blood pressure, blood cell development, and the ability to form hemoglobin. Unfortunately, noticeable symptoms may not be present until blood lead levels are high enough to cause serious damage to body systems.
Our experienced team of lead paint attorneys will immediately try to determine the source of lead paint. Many children have contact with various apartments (like a babysitter or grandparent) and indoor locations were exposure could occur. Most often, this is the child's apartment, hallway or common space. One of the first steps we will take is to determine why the lead paint still existed. Was removal of the paint poorly and incompletely done? Was nothing done other than a new coat of paint over the lead paint?
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