Can you file a lawsuit for harm caused by lead-based paint?
Many people are under the mistaken impression that because the federal government banned consumer uses of paint containing lead in 1978, that there is no longer any danger of lead poisoning in this country. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Lead-based paint still causes illness and permanent damage to human beings in the United States in the 21st century. There continue to be sources of toxic lead in the world around us and it’s crucial to be aware of their existence to avoid health hazards for you and your family.
If you and/or your loved ones have been sickened or otherwise harmed by lead-based paint, you deserve full compensation for your misery. Once you are under medical treatment, it is critical that you seek the services of an experienced toxic tort attorney to ensure that you receive the full amount you are entitled to for any and all of the following that apply in your case: medical expenses, lost income, permanent disability, pain and suffering and, possibly, punitive damages.
Possible Means of Exposure to Lead-Based Paint
If you reside in a home, work in a building, or frequently visit a structure that was built before protective laws went into effect, you are likely being exposed to at least the dust of lead-based paint. Don’t forget that lead contamination can also affect the soil of yards and playgrounds, certain products, and drinking water as well.
Various occupations also expose workers to lead, including renovation, mining, smelting, auto body work, and furniture refinishing. Hobbies can also broaden your risk since lead can be found at shooting ranges, in fishing equipment, and in the solder used in working in stained glass and pottery. Wherever lead or lead paint is found, its dust may be inhaled and particles of lead may be ingested if you don’t wash your hands before eating or drinking. Young children are always at heightened risk when lead paint is around because of their tendency to put everything in their mouths. Most commonly, children ingest particles of lead that come off old window sills, water pipes, or imported canned goods or toys. Because some countries have not outlawed lead paint, you should be especially cautious about buying candy, foodstuffs, toys and pottery from countries like Mexico and China.
Symptoms of Lead Poisoning
Often symptoms of lead poisoning show up only after blood levels have risen to toxic level. This is why it is important to be tested for lead poisoning if you have any reason to be suspicious. This is particularly true because of the widespread symptoms lead poisoning can result in. Adults who suffer lead poisoning may experience:
- Difficulties with memory or concentration
- Headache and/or abdominal pain
- High blood pressure
- Joint and muscle pain
- Miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth
- Reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm
In children, on the other hand, symptoms of lead poisoning may include:
- Appetite loss
- Hearing loss
- Irritability or aggression
- Learning difficulties
- Developmental delay and/or decreased IQ
- Pica (eating substances that are not food)
Why You Need a Skilled Toxic Torts Attorney to Win Your Case
Toxic tort cases, which involve exposure to toxic substances, require specialized knowledge and training on the part of the attorney who handles them. Many personal injury attorneys are not well-informed enough to be up to the task. If you or a loved one is suffering the effects of lead poisoning or injuries or illnesses caused by other toxic substances, it is imperative that you contact an attorney with a track record of success in toxic tort lawsuits.