The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that about 804,000 workers in manufacturing, wholesale trades, transportation, remediation and recreation, and an additional 838,000 workers in construction are potentially exposed to lead. Adults who disturb old paint in home renovations might be exposed to lead. Other sources of lead poisoning include contaminated air, water and soil.
Common Lead Poison Symptoms
Exposure to lead can cause long-lasting harm to health and wellbeing. As lead builds up in the system, the individual may exhibit various symptoms, including developmental delays and learning difficulties. Young adults who had high exposure to lead when they were children may exhibit serious mental and physical problems.
Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include:
- Developmental delays
- Learning difficulties
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Sluggishness and fatigue
- Abdominal pain
- Hearing loss
- Compulsion to eat nonfoods like paint chips, clay or dirt.
Some believe lead contamination may lead to autism or autism-like symptoms in children.
Symptoms of lead poisoning in adults might include:
- High blood pressure
- Joint and muscle pain
- Difficulties with memory or concentration
- Abdominal pain
- Mood disorders
- Reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm
- Miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth of children.
Cumulative lifetime exposure to lead also has been linked to neurotoxicity, heart disease and kidney disease. Several medical and environmental health agencies have determined that lead probably causes cancer in humans.
Unfortunately, symptoms of lead poisoning do not appear until the affected individual has suffered harm. The most common test for lead is a blood test to measure how much lead is in the bloodstream.
New York State requires health care providers to test all children for lead with a blood test when they are 1 year old, and again at age 2. At every well-child visit up to age 6, health care providers must ask parents about any contact their child might have had with lead. If there has been a chance of contact, health care providers are required to test for lead again.
Once lead is identified in an individual’s bloodstream, low levels can be naturally cleansed from the blood by the liver and kidneys over time if exposure to lead is discontinued. Higher levels of lead in the blood are treated with chelation, which requires taking a medication that binds with lead and causes it to be excreted in urine. However, some damage to the brain and other organs of the body caused by lead poisoning cannot be reversed.
The New York City lead poisoning lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can help you if you or a loved one has suffered health problems caused by lead exposure.
Legal Help For Victims Of Lead Poisoning In New York City
If you or your child has been poisoned by exposure to lead, you should obtain professional legal representation as soon as possible from a qualified attorney who handles lead exposure lawsuits.
In some cases, such as claims based on lead exposure in a city or New York City Housing Authority building, certain legal actions are required before a claim can move forward. It is important to have your case reviewed by an experienced NYC lead poisoning lawyer at David Resnick & Associates. Our knowledgeable legal team understands what must be done to help an adult suffering the consequences of lead exposure as a child living in New York City.
In general, the law allows an individual who has been harmed by an unsafe product that the manufacturer knew or should have known was unsafe to seek compensation for monetary and personal losses associated with their injuries. Any or all parties responsible for the lead exposure may be held liable. This includes wholesalers, retailers and other distributors, such as, in the case of products like lead-containing paint, landlords who knew or should have known of its presence.
A product liability claim against a manufacturer or distributor of a lead-contaminated product asserts the product was dangerous in and of itself because it contained lead. The plaintiff would not have to show that the defendants knew the product was defective and dangerous. If the injured party was a child at the time of the lead exposure, he or she would not be held liable for contributing to his or her own injury.
A product liability lawsuit may seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including for treatment for lead poisoning or personal assistance a severely disabled lead poisoning victim might need.
- Loss of income, including potential loss from inability to obtain substantial employment.
- Pain and suffering of an injured child and/or his parent(s).
After investigating and documenting the facts of your claim, our attorneys will likely be able to negotiate a settlement that meets your costs and needs without subjecting you to the time, expense and stress of a courtroom trial. If a trial is necessary, we will make sure you know what to expect and will proceed with a strong case for a jury to award compensation to you.
NYC Lead Poisoning FAQs
Both adults and children have been exposed to high concentrations of lead with disastrous consequences. Some young adults who were raised in the New York City area and are now in their late teens or early twenties have developed mental and physical problems due to lead exposure when they were children. They are now suffering serious consequences, both physical and cognitive. Continue reading for NYC Lead Poisoning FAQs.
Below are answers to some common questions lead poisoning. If you or your child has suffered the consequences of lead poisoning, even an adult may still have the right to file a claim to recover monetary damages.
Contact David Resnick & Associates, P.C., now to discuss your situation. We are ready to answer your individual questions in a free consultation.
The most common way people are exposed to high levels of lead is through lead-based paint. Older buildings that were built before 1978 were usually painted with lead-based paint. Although it was outlawed that year, many buildings in the New York City area still have lead paint that is now deteriorating, chipping and entering the air as dust particles. Some families have suffered lead poisoning during the remodeling of a home or apartment building.
Sanding lead-based paint is extremely dangerous. The paint should be removed by a qualified company that deals with removing and disposing of hazardous materials. The family should immediately move out of any location that is found to have lead-based paint.
Other ways people have been exposed to lead include toys and other products that have made it into the country and are later found to contain lead. The influx of toys, toy jewelry and even clothing from overseas has led to a number of recalls for consumer items. Lead exposure can also come from the water in a home if the pipes are made of lead or are soldered with lead (common with copper piping). Lead has also been found in some home or folk remedies.
Get medical help as soon as possible. If lead poisoning is identified early enough, some damage could be reversed. Long-term exposure with no care may mean permanent, irreversible damage. You should also contact a lawyer familiar with filing claims for lead poisoning. The attorney can help you with the legal issues regarding compensation.
In many cases, it is still possible to file a claim even if the lead exposure happened years ago. There are some instances that may be more difficult legally. One such example is when the exposure involved a city or New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) building, in which case certain legal actions must take place before a claim can move forward. It is important to have these cases reviewed to determine what can be done for an adult suffering the consequences of lead exposure as a child.
Those who were responsible for allowing children to be exposed to lead may be held legally accountable in many cases. Contact our firm for specific answers about your case and a free legal review of your potential claim.
The symptoms of lead poisoning include a wide range of physical and mental problems, including developmental delays, learning difficulties, irritability, lost appetite, unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain, vomiting, hearing loss and others. Babies exposed to lead may have slowed growth and delayed development. Adults can suffer severe headaches, vomiting, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, unexplained muscle and joint pain, mental decline, tingling, numbness or pain in extremities, mood disorders, abnormal sperm or reduced sperm count and constipation. Pregnant women may have miscarriages or premature births.
The symptoms associated with lead poisoning mimic other conditions or diseases, including autism. A child diagnosed with autism should be checked for lead poisoning. Early detection could allow some damage to be reversed. Cases of lead poisoning have been misdiagnosed as the flu and other conditions or illnesses before it was finally determined through testing that the patient had been exposed to a high concentration of lead, most commonly through paint, dust or water in homes that contain lead-based paint, lead pipes or where lead solder was used on copper piping.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are an estimated 24 million homes that contain dangerous lead paint. The paint is now deteriorating (as it has not been sold since 1978), and as it decays it releases lead into the air as dust. The problem is serious, most commonly affecting low-income families, but any family could potentially be exposed, particularly if any area in an older home is being renovated.
A large number of toys have been recalled due to dangerously high levels of lead. These toys were sold in many reputable and retail stores. You may have some of these toys in your home, and parents should make a habit of checking toys for recalls. Young children are at a particular risk as they tend to chew on toys. Any toy jewelry is particularly suspect. Some traditional or “folk” medicines, particularly powders, have been discovered to contain very high levels of lead. Avoid traditional cosmetics such as kohl for the same reason.
If you or your child has been poisoned by exposure to lead, getting legal counsel to help you can make a significant difference in how the case is resolved. The damage to the human body can be extensive, and some adults who were exposed as children are now coping with the consequences. Adults who were exposed as children are often unable to function normally. Young children exposed more recently face an uncertain future.
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. Dial 917-722-1852 or fill out our online contact form now.