The health dangers posed by lead have been well documented for centuries, and modern medicine has helped us come to understand that even low levels of lead exposure is toxic and can be harmful. Unfortunately, lead poisoning still occurs for a number of reasons. For example, one of the primary ways that children are exposed to lead is through lead paint. Although it was banned in the United States in 1978, lead paint can still be found in many urban settings throughout the country. When the paint deteriorates, children can inhale dust containing lead particles or even eat chips of old paint. The buildup of lead in the body can cause serious medical issues, some of which may significantly affect a person’s quality of life. If you or your child was negligently exposed to lead and suffered an injury as a result, you may be entitled to substantial compensation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lead poisoning can affect almost every system in the body. Because lead poisoning has no obvious immediate symptoms, lead can build up in the body over the course of months or even years. Young children under the age of 6 are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning, as it can significantly affect a child’s mental and physical development. Studies have indicated that lead exposure in young children can negatively affect IQ, and that even low levels of exposure can have a detrimental effect. In addition to cognitive issues, lead exposure is also associated with these other issues:
These and other conditions caused by lead exposure can result in lifelong issues. People who have been exposed to lead because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness may be able to be obtain financial compensation for their injuries.
How are Victims Exposed to Lead?
Lead can be absorbed into the body in a variety of ways, including through inhalation, ingestion, or absorption through the skin. According to the CDC, the most common forms of exposure are inhalation and ingestion, and that the U.S. population is unlikely to be exposed to lead that can be absorbed through the skin. While lead-based paint in homes has been banned for over 30 years, it is still used in a number of other household products. These products can include toys, furniture, sporting equipment, and other household products. In addition, lead is used in a number of industrial applications. As a result, people who work in industries that utilize lead may be at a risk of lead exposure.
Because lead builds up in the body over an extended period of time, it is often difficult to establish a causal link between a health condition and the exposure. An experienced attorney will be able to gather as much evidence as possible linking you or your child’s medical condition to any lead exposure you may have experienced.
Because the effects of lead exposure can be so severe, it is extremely important for victims to make sure that their legal rights are fully protected. Contact us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.