Lead Exposure in Children & Lead Poisoning Lawsuits
Even with all of our knowledge about its dangers, lead exposure in children remains a serious health risk today. If exposure harmed you or a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation. Verdicts in lead poisoning lawsuits have awarded millions to plaintiffs exposed to lead, even as a child.
Continued Threat of Lead Exposure in Children
Although efforts to eliminate the risk of lead exposure in children began decades ago and the government banned use of lead-based paint in homes in 1978, a significant enough risk remains today that the US Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded $110.8 million in grants to protect children from lead poisoning in their homes.
HUD estimates that about 24 million homes today still have significant lead-based paint hazards. A 2010 EPA fact sheet stated that some 64 million US homes contained lead based paint. Chips and dust from the paint create a health hazard. Lead pipes, antique furniture, and imported toys or other products could also contain lead.
Lead is also used in many industries. Dust can settle on a worker’s clothes, skin and hair. When those workers go home, they could unknowingly expose their children. To prevent lead exposure, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers make sure workers wear protective equipment.
According to estimates, about one million children in America have unsafe levels of lead in their blood. Because symptoms of lead poisoning are not obvious, they are often unrecognized. Pregnant women and children under the age of six are at the greatest risk. Lead poisoning can impair a child’s development with life-long effects.
Health Effects of Lead Exposure in Children
Health effects of lead poisoning in children can range from behavioral disorders to death, depending on the level of exposure. Children with lead poisoning may suffer with:
- Behavioral problems, including aggressive behavior
- Reduced IQ
- Learning disabilities
- Developmental delays, including speech delay
- Reduced height
- Impaired hearing
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Kidney damage
- Damage to the central nervous system
Lead Poisoning Lawsuits
With our knowledge of the serious risks associated with lead exposure, the number of children with elevated blood-lead levels today is unacceptable. Lead exposure in children or anyone with exposure resulting in lead poisoning is unacceptable.
If you suffered injury due to lead exposure, know your legal rights. Contact the law firm of Watts Guerra now.