Lead paint poisoning continues to affect young children and adults – even though the U.S. EPA banned the use of lead in paint in 1978. Lead is an accumulative toxin that particularly affects young children with developing brains and bodies. Exposure through ingestion or inhalation can leave victims with severe nervous system and brain damage and a host of physical, mental, and emotional difficulties.
If you suspect that you, your child, or another loved one may have lead paint poisoning, contact a lead paint poisoning injury lawyer.
Common Sources of Lead Paint Exposure
In 1978, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned lead-based paint for consumer uses. Nonetheless, lead paint remains in millions of older homes and commercial buildings across the United States.
Lead paint that is sealed does not pose an exposure hazard. But lead paint that still lurks on the walls, window and door trims inside and outside of pre-1978 buildings can be released into the environment as it ages and flakes, or during renovations that disturb old paint layers. Occupants can ingest or inhale lead paint particles. In addition to lead paint in older structures, consumers can be exposed from other sources:
- Antiques: Any pre-1978 painted furniture, children’s toys, and vintage jewelry could have been decorated with lead-based paint.
- Imported Housewares: Ceramic dishes, bowls and utensils from other countries such as China and Mexico may contain lead in the glaze that can leach into food.
- Renovation and Hobby Projects: Furniture refinishing and automotive restoration can expose hobbyists and professionals to lead.
- Contaminated Soils: Lead paint flaking from building exteriors can contaminate adjacent soil and be tracked back into the house. Children playing in contaminated soil can also experience exposure.
The Effects of Lead Poisoning
Lead is an accumulative toxin that enters the skin, the lungs and the bloodstream, circulating to every organ in the body. Children can absorb four to five times more lead than an adult. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), there is no safe level of lead exposure for young children.
The CDC reports that the most common types of lead-based paint poisoning injuries in children are:
- Brain and nervous syste
- m damage
- Delayed growth and development
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioral problems
- Speech and hearing problems
Expectant mothers also face a significantly elevated risk for reduced fetus growth and premature birth.
Adults who suffer a lead-based paint injury may experience significant symptoms including:
- Nerve damage or disorders
- Hypertension and other cardiovascular events
- Kidney damage
- Reproductive problems
- Generalized pain
- Mental or cognitive problems
- Emotional disturbance
Lead-based paint poisoning can lead to permanent brain and nerve damage and other disabling conditions that require a lifetime of care – even though these injuries are preventable.
Determining Liability for Lead Paint Poisoning
Establishing liability for a lead-paint poisoning injury depends on the source and location of the exposure.
Federal law requires home sellers, landlords, property managers and real estate professionals to notify prospective buyers and tenants of the presence of lead paint in a structure for sale or rent. While a seller does not have to have a home tested for lead paint, they must give potential buyers a 10-day period to conduct their own lead paint test. In some cases, the law also requires lead abatement in multi-family housing.
Other potential at-fault parties may include:
- Schools and daycare facilities
- Municipal housing authorities
- Home inspectors
- Property management firms
- Real estate agents
Employers may also be held liable if they exposed employees to lead paint in the workplace.
How a Lead Paint Poisoning Injury Lawyer Can Help Your Family
Newsome Melton will conduct an extensive analysis of the facts and evidence related to your case, select the right legal strategies, gather evidence and call on subject matter experts to help us prove liability. We can pursue a settlement agreement with the at-fault party or their insurance carrier. However, we always stand ready to take your case to court if necessary.
The value of your lead-based paint poisoning claim will depend on the extent of the injuries and the prognosis for future health.
When calculating the value of your case, our legal team will assess:
- Medical treatment and care costs to date
- Projected future treatment and care costs
- Moving costs
- Pain and suffering
- Other direct costs or economic damages
If an adult victim is disabled by lead exposure, a claim may include lost wages to date and the value of future lost income, benefits and opportunities.
If parents are forced to take time off work or quit a job to care for a lead-poisoned child, lost wages and benefits may also be included in the total value of your claim.
At Newsome Melton, we are committed to the pursuit of justice for our clients. If you, your child, or another loved one sustained injuries related to lead paint poisoning, we will work diligently to get you answers and fair compensation.
Contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case with a lead paint poisoning injury lawyer. We’ll answer your questions and guide you in making the right decision for you and your family.
To schedule your complimentary case review, contact us today at 888-808-5977.
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