Lead Poisoning and Autism Symptoms
The number of children who have been diagnosed with autism has greatly increased over recent years, and there are many theories about how and why. One potential cause is a link between lead poisoning and autism. Parents who have a child who was diagnosed with autism, or an adult who has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, should be tested for lead poisoning.
Autism-Like Symptoms From Lead
Exposure to high concentrations of lead can create symptoms that mimic autism. It may be possible to treat the condition. Some damage from lead poisoning cannot be reversed, but early detection and treatment may be critical for the future health of the person. The National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children with developmental delays be screened for lead poisoning.
Compensation may be available if you or a loved one’s autism-like symptoms are actually the result of lead poisoning.
The New York City personal injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can help you if you or a loved one has suffered autism-like symptoms due to lead exposure. Call us today for a free case evaluation and information about your potential claim for compensation. Dial 212-279-2000 or fill out our online contact form now.
Research Reveals Many Children with Autism Have Higher Levels of Lead
Recent research into autism has revealed that many children with autism have significantly higher levels of several toxic metals, particularly lead, when measured against other children.
Children and adults with autism may be suffering the consequences of toxic exposure to lead during childhood. The lead may be in the water if the home has lead or copper piping, in the air if there is lead dust, or from the use of toys, children’s furniture or other items that have high concentrations of lead.
Adults with serious developmental disorders that began during childhood may have been harmed by exposure to lead. If the condition is diagnosed, which requires a blood test, legal action may be taken to recover compensation.
How Did The Lead Poisoning in Children Happen?
There are a variety of situations that could lead to lead poisoning. One of the most common in New York City is the large number of older building that still have lead paint.
When a home is going to be remodeled, great care must be taken to avoid inhaling the dust, as this has been found to cause serious cases of lead poisoning in both children and adults. Lead paint may be released when cutting walls and refinishing woodwork. Breathing lead paint dust is extremely dangerous.
If your home or an area of your apartment building has been remodeled and you or your child is now suffering of the symptoms of autism, it is crucial that you get tested for lead poisoning. Babies and young children are at high risk. If your child’s pediatrician has told you that your child has delayed growth or is showing developmental problems, get a test for lead poisoning immediately. It may be possible to reverse some of the problems your child is experiencing, although prolonged exposure may lead to irreversible damage.
Exposure to toys with lead paint has been identified as a source of lead poisoning. Babies and toddlers often chew on toys. If the toy contains lead, there is grave danger. There are hundreds of items that have been recalled for toxic levels of lead, including toys sold by reputable retailers. Parents should take time to check if any toys, clothing or play jewelry in the home has been found to contain lead.
If you believe your child’s autism-like condition could be due to exposure to high levels of lead, it is imperative that you seek medical help at once. You should also contact a New York personal injury lawyer from David Resnick & Associates, P.C. We offer a free initial evaluation of your claim. Call our New York personal injury attorneys now at 212-279-2000 or fill out our online contact form.
- HelpGuide: Autism
- Science Daily: Higher Levels of Several Toxic Metals Found in Children With Autism
- ABC News: Lead Poisoning Often Confused for Autism
- Consumer Product Safety Commission: Recalled Toys