How A Lead Poisoning Lawyer Can Help You Receive Justice for Your Injuries
Lead is an extremely toxic material that occurs in nature. Though it was once used in paint and gasoline, it is no longer used in those applications. Unfortunately, lead-based paint was widely used to paint walls and trim as well as household furniture and children’s toys until the time that it was banned in 1978. Though lead poisoning statistics have fallen as a result of that action, lead-based paint is still very much in evidence in older homes and apartments, and has been responsible for serious injuries. Children are at particular risk because they often eat chips of paint that contain lead, but even adults can suffer serious health problems by coming into contact or constant exposure with lead-contaminated air, water, soil, food or household products. If you have suffered lead poisoning and believe that you know its source, you may have a claim against the responsible party. The lead poisoning lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law have extensive knowledge of the laws involving lead exposure and poisoning, and can provide you with compassionate, qualified legal representation.
Exposure to even minute amounts of lead can lead to concerning health issues and even deaths. Exposure in children is of particular concern because they are so small and their bodies are still developing: children under the age of six with trace amounts of lead poisoning may experience delays in cognitive and physical development, and more extensive exposure can lead to fatalities. In most cases lead poisoning occurs in older buildings, though lead is also present in other environments.
Detecting lead poisoning can be difficult because though it may be present, symptoms don’t appear until the situation has become acute. Symptoms may also be overlooked or misinterpreted, making diagnosis even more difficult. In children the symptoms include:
- Developmental delays
- Difficulty learning
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Hearing loss
Though adult lead poisoning is not seen as frequently as in children, it is just as dangerous. The symptoms include:
- Memory loss
- Mood disorders
- Declines in mental functioning
- High blood pressure
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Pain of the extremities
- Miscarriage or premature birth
- Reduced sperm count or abnormal sperm
Exposure to lead is something that the government has worked hard to prevent – its use in paint and food cans has been banned. Unfortunately, many landlords and building owners have failed to take action to prevent exposure to lead in tenants, children and others. If you or your child have been exposed to lead paint and suffered as a result, then you may be eligible for compensation for the harm that you’ve suffered. To meet with us to discuss a claim, contact the lead poisoning lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law to set up an appointment.