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NYCHA Exposes Thousands of New York City Apartments to Lead Poisoning

By Thomas P. Giuffra

The New York City Housing Authority has exposed thousands of New York City apartments to lead poisoning, as a result of falsely claiming proper inspections had taken place. Despite maintaining otherwise, senior NYCHA executives were fully aware the lead paint certifications were inaccurate. However, even NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye continued to claim these legally required inspections had, in fact, occurred. This gross injustice has likely affected over 55,000 apartments, in which over 4,200 have families with children under the age of 6 as residents.

Lead poisoning can be incredibly dangerous, as even the smallest amount may cause irreversible effects. It is also particularly hazardous for children, who may consume it without realizing. For whatever reason, the NTCHA stopped doing its necessary annual inspections as of 2012, risking the lives and wellbeing of countless innocent individuals.

Some common side effects of lead poisoning include, but are not limited to:

  • Developmental delay and learning difficulties
  • Hearing loss
  • Mood disorders
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Seizures
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting

Contact Our Trusted New York Personal Injury Attorneys Today

At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP, we are particularly dedicated to advocating on behalf of those who have suffered due to the negligence or misconduct of another. If you or a loved one has suffered from lead poisoning or exposure, our team of determined and dedicated New York personal injury lawyers want to do our part to fight for you. Allow us to hold the responsible parties accountable for all of the damage and suffering they have caused–we won’t give up on you or your rights.

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Thomas P. Giuffra, Partner

Thomas specializes in the litigation and trial of significant civil sexual assault, medical malpractice, personal injury, mass tort, and product liability actions. His innovative approach has led to 20 verdicts and numerous settlements in excess of one million dollars on behalf of his clients, including a recent landmark verdict for $58 Million. He has been recognized as "outstanding in the field of advocacy" nationally and internationally.

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