Cleveland's city office responsible for protecting children from lead poisoning allegedly failed its residents. According to a Cleveland.com report, despite city officials being warned about a backlog of open lead poisoning cases, the city responded by simply closing cases - without conducting investigations. Specifically, over the span of five years the city completed investigations in less than 25 percent of cases.
At least 4 million homes with children in the United States have high levels of lead in the environment. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention report that as many as half a million children between the ages of 1 and 5 have levels of lead in their blood above what is considered safe. The last week in October has been declared Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The purpose of setting aside time, according to the EPA, is to help make families more aware of these hazards that sit silently in the home or even child care facilities.
Although people often come into contact with lead, a known dangerous substance, it is usually when this contact occurs over a long period of time or in concentrated doses that it can lead to a dangerous health complication known as lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is the result of lead buildup in a person's body and can be extremely dangerous for both children and adults.
Lead is a substance common in gasoline and house paint. It's also a very strong poison. In New York, where children are exposed to old house paint, lead is often a source of serious health problems among children. Those who negligently exposed them may face legal consequences.
Lead poisoning can have shattering consequences for young children and their families. In most instances, children are poisoned by ingesting chips or flakes of lead based paint or breathing air contaminated with lead paint dust. However, children can also be poisoned if they play with toys that are made of lead or lead based materials.
Even the slightest exposure can result in lead poisoning for the child. Lead poisoning lawyers investigate and review potential lawsuits for children nationwide. Like other personal injury attorneys, these lawyers work on a contingency basis. If they cannot obtain recovery for their clients, they do not charge for fees or expenses.
Even though the use of lead paint has been outlawed in New York more than 40 years ago, Long Island lead poisoning attorneys still foresee more cases for them to handle. This is because many landlords still have not taken the time to eliminate traces of lead from their properties. Every day, children throughout Long Island and the entire state are diagnosed with lead poisoning.
Despite the serious threat lead poisoning poses to children, many landlords, paint and pigment manufacturers remain negligent and careless. Since the effects of lead poisoning on children include mild to moderate brain damage, these children are entitled to be compensated by those whose negligence resulted to the poisoning.
If the recent recalls of popular toys manufactured overseas are any indication, lead poisoning is still a threat to our children's safety. Lead poisoning causes millions of American children to suffer from symptoms ranging from hyperactivity to coma and death. If you or your child is showing symptoms of lead poisoning, you may be able to file a lawsuit and obtain compensation for your pain and suffering.
Though many people would like to think that lead poisoning is no longer a problem in this day and age, it is still poses a very serious threat to our nation's children. Every other house constructed between 1940 and 1960 has lead-based paint coating their walls, roofs and furniture. Cities with many old buildings are especially susceptible to the dangers of lead paint poisoning.