Have You Been Exposed to Lead Poisoning? How a Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
Though lead was widely used throughout the United States in construction, paint, and other applications, in recent years its dangers have become well known and its uses have become severely restricted. Landlords and property owners whose buildings may hide household lead are legally responsible for notifying tenants or potential buyers of that possibility, and when those warnings are not given they can be held legally responsible for any damages that ensue. Exposure to lead can result in serious and enduring physical harm. If you or someone you love has exhibited signs of lead poisoning or been diagnose with lead poisoning, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help.
The state of Connecticut takes lead poisoning very seriously. The state government’s official website indicates that childhood lead poisoning is the most pervasive and common pediatric health problem, and cites reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems as some of the injuries that it causes. The state’s lead screening laws are among the strictest in the country, and have shown that an average of 60,000 children with lead in their systems per year, with over 2,000 per year having levels high enough to be classified as being poisoned. Much of this is a result of the fact that three out of four of Connecticut’s housing was built prior to 1980, putting the state in the top ten of those with lead poisoning risk. Though many programs have been put into place to help landlords and property owners cover the costs of eliminating lead in buildings, many have chosen to ignore this. Under state law, this can lead to fines or imprisonment – but it can also lead to personal injury lawsuits being successfully filed against them for the damage that has been caused.
The damage that lead can do is extensive. Lead poisoning can lead to
- Nervous system damage leading to reduced IQ, behavioral problems, irritability and aggressive behavior, reduction in sense of touch
- Constipation, pain and cramping in the abdomen
- Slowed body growth
- Hearing problems
- Kidney damage
- Low appetite and energy
In Connecticut, most lead poisoning cases affecting children are a result of lead paint, but there is also the risk of lead poisoning to adults at home and in the workplace. Even for those who have health insurance, lead poisoning can impose remarkable economic burden in terms of treatment, and depending upon the severity of the situation, can create lifelong problems that go beyond the coverage that medical insurance provides. The personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are able to help you hold the landlord or property owner responsible for your medical and financial costs, as well as any long-term damage that you or your child have suffered. Contact us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case, and let us tell you how we can help.