The Center for Disease Control has found that 1 in 6 children have dangerously high or elevated blood levels. The element is a neurotoxin that can affect young children who come into contact with peeling paint, chipping paint and dust that contains lead. The material does not evaporate or disintegrate with time. It is important to determine if your home, your babysitter’s home, your child’s daycare center or school has unsafe paint.
The health problems that a child can develop through exposure to dry paint, peeling paint and dust with lead include learning disabilities, problems with memory, decreased growth, impaired hearing, cognitive deficits, stomach problems and permanent brain damage. Children who have been exposed to lead paint and / or dust may also develop hyperactivity, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), or suffer from encephalopathy (swelling of the brain). In severe cases, children can become comatose or need hospitalization to undergo various procedures to attempt to remove it from the blood.
If you live in an older apartment building or house, then there is a chance that toxic paint is in your home. The federal government has banned the use of lead-based paint. If your child has lived in an older house or apartment building where there is chipping or peeling paint, you have rights. In New York City, including Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island your child is protected. New York Local Law 1 requires landlords to inspect the premises for the presence of lead paint if a child under the age of 6 lives in the home. The law further mandates that the landlord immediately remove any lead paint that is found in the apartment, building or house.
For your home, contact the local National Lead Information Center (NLIC) and ask for a local inspection. New York City residents can contact the New York City Department of Health-Lead Prevention Program. Have your family’s blood levels tested for contamination. If tests reveal that you or a loved one has been the victim of poisoning, lawsuits can be brought based upon the negligence and carelessness of landlords, past property owners or paint and pigment manufacturers. Contact a lawyer who can file legal action on your behalf, and fight for full compensation for your injuries and any injuries sustained by your loved ones.
At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we possess over seven decades of combined experience in representing clients with all types of cases. Please contact us for a free, initial consultation. Children with this kind of poisoning will require assistance for the rest of their lives, and your health may be significantly impacted by lead poisoning in the long-term as well. Our legal team is committed to fighting for you and pursuing the best possible financial position to take care of yourself and any affected loved ones.