Lead paint poisoning injuries most often strike children, who are vulnerable to even trace amounts of this toxic chemical. Adults can also suffer lead-based paint poisoning. 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 Causes of Lead Paint Poisoning Injuries
Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) originally banned lead-based paint in 1978, remnants of this toxic material remain in homes and commercial buildings across the United States.
In pristine condition, lead paint can be safe – particularly when sealed. However, as the paint ages, victims may ingest flakes of paint or inhale small particles that become airborne. Some of the most common sources of lead-based paint injuries include the following:
Homes Built Before 1978
Most older homes contain lead paint on the interior and exterior. If exposed, the paint surface may chip or become airborne.
Household and Personal Products
Antique furniture, children’s toys, and vintage jewelry can sometimes carry a coat of this toxic paint. In addition, products imported from other countries (particularly serving dishes and drinkware) may have a coat of toxic lead paint.
Construction, Renovation, and Hobby Projects
You can sustain exposure to lead-based paint during remodeling of your home, in furniture refinishing, and in automotive restoration. Individuals who work in the remodeling industry may also experience exposure.
When used in an outdoor setting, lead paint can deteriorate and subsequently contaminate nearby soil. You may track it into the house on your shoes or clothing. Children who play in and potentially ingest contaminated soil can experience exposure.
How Lead Paint Poisoning Affects Victims’ Lives
Although anyone can suffer lead-based paint poisoning injuries, children ages six and younger face the highest risk of lead poisoning. Expectant mothers also face a significantly elevated risk.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports that the most common types of lead-based paint poisoning injuries in children are:
- Brain and nervous system damage
- Delayed growth and development
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioral problems
- Speech and hearing problems
Pregnant women exposed to this toxin may experience reduced fetus growth and premature birth.
Other 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
Although any person can sustain severe injuries due to lead paint toxicity, children face the most pressing danger. Lead-based paint poisoning can lead to permanent brain and nerve damage and other disabling conditions that require a lifetime of care.
Sadly, in almost every case, lead paint poisoning injuries are preventable.
How a Lead Paint Poisoning Injury Lawyer Can Help Your Family
Newsome Melton is committed to helping you get the answers you deserve. We work closely with injured clients, fighting for civil justice with compassion and strength.
Our advanced network of resources aids us in our quest for justice and fair financial compensation for our clients.
With decades of experience, our legal team will devote their personal attention to your case. We do not collect any fees until you receive compensation; you can rest assured that we take every step necessary to obtain the best outcome in your case.
Building Your Case and Gathering Evidence
We will select our legal strategies based on the facts and elements of your case, gathering evidence and calling on subject matter experts to help us prove liability.
After an exhaustive analysis of the facts and evidence related to your case, the legal team at Newsome Melton will develop a legal strategy designed to produce the best possible outcome in your case. 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.
Calculating the Value of a Lead Paint Poisoning Injury
The value of your lead-based paint poisoning claim will depend on the nature of the damage sustained by the victim and the prognosis for future health.
Generally, our legal team may include some or all of these items when calculating your claim’s value:
- 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 cannot work due to their injuries, your claim may include lost wages to date and the value of future lost income, benefits and opportunities.
For parents who must take time off work or quit their jobs to care for a child who sustained lead paint poisoning, we can include those lost wages and benefits in the total value of your claim.
Determining Liability for Lead Paint Poisoning
The way we go about establishing liability for a lead paint poisoning injury will depend on the source and location of the exposure.
For example, if you rented or purchased a home that contained lead-based paint, the landlord or seller had an obligation to inform you of its presence if they were aware or should have been aware of the issue. In addition, landlords have a legal obligation to abate any known hazards of this nature before subjecting tenants to it.
In addition to landlords and home sellers, other potential at-fault parties may include the following:
- Schools and daycare facilities
- Municipal housing authorities
- Home inspectors
- Property management firms
- Real estate agents
In some cases, employers can have fault if they subjected workers to lead paint in the workplace.
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation with a Lawyer
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 as well as fair compensation.
We would like to offer you our services for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case with a lead paint poisoning injury lawyer. We will answer your questions and guide you through the process of making the right decision for you and your family.
To schedule your complimentary case review, contact us today at 888-808-5977.