NYC Lead Poisoning Lawyer
- Lead Exposure Can Cause Permanent Damage
- Lead Poisoning Symptoms
- Lead Poisoning Treatments
- Testing for Blood Lead Levels
- Remove the Source of Contamination
- Lead Poisoning Treatment
- What to Look for in a New York Lead Paint Poisoning Attorney
- Knowledge of Lead Paint Exposure
- Experience Handling Lead Paint Poisoning Cases
- Lead Paint Poisoning Verdicts & Settlements Obtained For Our Clients
- Lead Poisoning Resources
If you have been affected by lead poisoning, you may need to speak with our NYC lead poisoning lawyer at David Resnick & Associates, P.C. Lead was once used extensively as an element in fuels, paint and other products. It is still an ingredient in many products, including batteries, some types of traditional makeup, solder and pipes, pottery and various other manufactured goods.
The lead in these products can potentially leach out and enter the body of anyone who comes into contact with it. As lead builds up in the system, the individual may exhibit various symptoms, including developmental delays and learning difficulties. As the years pass, adults who had high exposure to lead when they were children may now face serious mental and physical problems.
Although lead-based paint was banned in the United States in 1978, a large number of older buildings still have lead-based paint on their walls, including many of the older apartment buildings and homes in New York City and New Jersey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 4 million U.S. households currently have children living in them who are being exposed to high levels of lead. There is no safe level of lead, and exposure to the metal can have a serious impact on many bodily systems.
The New York City personal injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can help you if you or a loved one has suffered health problems due to lead exposure. Call us today for a free case evaluation or fill out our online contact form now.
Lead Exposure Can Cause Permanent Damage
Although the exposure to lead occurred years ago, it is often still possible to file a claim to recover monetary damages.
Our firm, David Resnick & Associates, P.C., in New York City, is committed to assisting those who are suffering from the symptoms of lead poisoning as they seek justice and compensation.
Lead Poisoning Symptoms
Lead poisoning can happen to anyone. The symptoms of lead poisoning may not have been identified as related to lead exposure until permanent, irreversible damage has occurred.
Symptoms pointing to lead poisoning may not have been recognized at first, and the impairments or physical trouble may have been diagnosed as some other condition or disease.
People who grew up with exposure to lead in past decades are now adults, and some are living with severe mental or physical problems as a direct result of lead poisoning. The symptoms mimic other disease and conditions. It is important to know what to look for. Listed below are some of the common indications that lead exposure may be the cause of physical and mental impairments.
Common Symptoms of Lead Poisoning in Children
- Developmental delays
- Learning difficulties
- Lack of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Tiredness or sluggishness
- Abdominal pains
- Hearing loss
Common Symptoms of Lead Poisoning in Newborns
- Learning difficulties
- Slow growth
Common Symptoms of Lead Poisoning in Adults
- Heightened blood pressure
- Abdominal pains
- Muscle and joint pains
- Mental decline
- Tingling, numbness or pain in the extremities
- Mood disorders, emotional issues
- Reduced sperm count and/or abnormal sperm
- Pregnant women experiencing miscarriage or premature birth
A child diagnosed with autism may be suffering from lead poisoning. Any child or adult who has already been diagnosed with autism should be tested for lead poisoning. The National Center for Environmental Health advises parents with children who have developmental delays to make sure the child is screened for lead poisoning.
Early detection can be critical, as some types of damage cannot be reversed. Adults who have suffered severe learning disabilities may have been exposed to high levels of lead during childhood, particularly in older homes or apartments with lead paint in New York City. Adults who exhibited the initial symptoms during childhood and were wrongly diagnosed may now be unable to function normally in life.
You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one has suffered negative health consequences due to lead exposure. The New York City personal injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Lead Poisoning Treatments
There is no safe level of lead in the blood. Exposure to lead in paint, lead in water or lead in consumer products can lead to serious and permanent damage. Young children are at the highest risk, but anyone can suffer lead poisoning.
Early diagnosis and treatment could potentially reverse some damage, but this is not always possible. If you suspect lead poisoning, a blood test can reveal whether you, your child or other family member may be exhibiting symptoms of lead poisoning. Once confirmed, a treatment plan may be implemented to attempt to reduce the levels of lead in the blood.
Testing for Blood Lead Levels
If a child or an adult in your family exhibits symptoms of lead poisoning, it is imperative that he or she get tested immediately. The test will reveal if the physical or mental problems may be related to high levels of lead toxicity. Early detection of lead poisoning can offer hope for the potential of reversing some types of damage, but the damage is permanent in some cases.
If testing identifies toxic levels of lead, a comprehensive physical examination must take place that evaluates hemoglobin, hematocrit and red blood cell numbers, among others.
Remove the Source of Contamination
The source of lead contamination must be removed so that there is no further exposure. If a person has relatively low levels of lead in his or her blood, removing the source could allow the levels to reduce naturally.
Whether the source is found to be lead paint in the home or other environment, in the water, or due to exposure to lead through contact with products, removing the source of contamination must take place immediately. Families living in homes that have high levels of lead must leave the area.
Lead Poisoning Treatment
For more severe cases with higher levels of lead found in the blood test, a physician may choose to use one of the following treatments:
- Chelation: This therapy involves taking a medication that will bind with lead so that it can be excreted through urine. Both adults and children may be treated with chelation therapy, based on the levels of lead found in the blood during testing.
- EDTA: This is a drug treatment that employs one or more of three possible drugs, commonly a chemical called ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). There may be more than one treatment needed to reduce the levels of lead in the body, and hopefully halt the serious impact on the mental and physical health of the victim.
Unfortunately, many conditions related to lead exposure cannot be reversed. Patients may require costly medical help and rehabilitation to cope with the disabilities caused by lead poisoning. Some victims will be unable to work or live independently.
What to Look for in a New York Lead Paint Poisoning Attorney
People who have suffered as a result of exposure to this substance need the help of New York injury lawyers, and below is a brief overview of what to look for when in comes to finding a qualified lead paint poisoning lawyer.
Knowledge of Lead Paint Exposure
Lead paint exposure is a condition that can take years to develop and to present itself in the form of symptoms. Generally, exposure to lead paint will inflict damage on the brain and the central nervous system, and this damage can manifest itself by way of slow growth of a child and behavioral problems for children.
When adults are exposed to lead at high levels for extended periods, they can suffer from high blood pressure, nerve disorders and memory loss. Lead paint attorneys who have handled these cases on behalf of clients will be able to recognize these diagnoses from doctors and will have the knowledge of both the conditions and the law necessary to connect the development of these symptoms to the exposure.
Experience Handling Lead Paint Poisoning Cases
New York personal injury lawyers who understand this sort of legal claim will also usually possess a large amount of experience in handling these cases. With this type of claim, this experience is invaluable because it can be a complicated process to trace the lead paint exposure to the party or parties that are responsible for it.
In addition to identifying the parties responsible for this exposure, New York lead paint lawyers must also be able to prove this connection in court. This can involve presenting evidence to the court of negligent or reckless acts that occurred several years before a case is brought to court. This form of proof will almost always lead to intense challenges from defense attorneys whose jobs is to limit the liability of their clients, and when dealing with technical and scientific data, these challenges can be difficult to overcome for someone who hasn’t handled them in the past.
Overall, those who have been harmed by this exposure and who obtain the help provided by a lawyer need to be sure that the lead paint poisoning attorneys they choose will be able to provide them with the advocacy they need and deserve. If this includes you or someone you love, contact the New York lead paint poisoning lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Lead Paint Poisoning Verdicts & Settlements Obtained For Our Clients
- $5.6 million judgment (lead poisoning), Super.Ct., Newark, New Jersey
- $3 million verdict (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Bronx, New York
- $3 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Bronx, New York
- $2.7 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Bronx, New York
- $2.5 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Bronx, New York
- $2.3 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Manhattan, New York
- $1.9 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Brooklyn, New York
- $1.75 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Brooklyn, New York
- $1.5 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Manhattan, New York
- $1.5 million verdict (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Bronx, New York
- $1.45 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Brooklyn, New York
- $1.3 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Bronx, New York
- $1.2 million verdict (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Brooklyn, New York
- $1.2 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Bronx, New York
- $1.1 million settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Bronx, New York
- $1 million settlement (lead poisoning), Super.Ct., Hackensack, New Jersey
- $900,000 settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Manhattan, New York
- $900,000 settlement (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Bronx, New York
- $300,000 verdict (lead poisoning), Sup.Ct., Brooklyn, New York
Lead Poisoning Resources
Exposure to lead is extremely dangerous to human health. Although lead occurs naturally in the earth’s crust, high levels of lead in the blood often result from exposure to lead in paint, in consumer products, in water and through the dust released when lead paint deteriorates over time.
The risks to health are most serious for fetuses and children under the age of 3. The damage to the nervous system and other body systems often leads to permanent impairments. Adults may have been exposed to lead paint or lead paint dust when they were children, and are now suffering serious problems. Other cases involve children and adults recently exposed to lead paint or lead in the water supply. Some very serious cases of lead poisoning are the direct result of exposure to lead in toys, clothing or other products.
Lead poisoning can cause serious damage, including developmental delays, slowed growth, lowered IQ, neurological and organ damage. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with elevated lead levels, it is important that you are aware of the various resources that can assist you. Several are listed below.
- New York State Department of Health: Lead Poisoning Prevention
- NYC Department of Environmental Protection: Lead in Drinking Water from Household Plumbing
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Lead Poisoning Home Checklist
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Lead Hotline – The National Lead Information Center
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: The Lead-Safe Housing Rule
- Consumer Product Safety Commission: Recent Recalls
Legal Help for Victims of Lead Poisoning in New York City
If you or your child has been poisoned by exposure to lead, one of the most important resources is a qualified attorney who handles lead exposure lawsuits.
Get professional legal representation as soon as possible. The New York City personal injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., are ready to help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free case evaluation or fill out our online contact form now.
- Mayo Clinic: Lead Poisoning Treatment
- New York City Department of Health: Lead Exposure in Adults – A Guide for Health Care Providers
- Mayo Clinic: Symptoms of Lead Poisoning
- CDC: Lead Poisoning in Children
- HelpGuide: Autism Spectrum Disorders
- CDC: Lead in Toys
- CDC: Children’s Apparel Network Recalls
- CDC: Lead Exposure Data
- Mayo Clinic: Lead Poisoning Treatments