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Lead Poisoning in Children

Has Your Child Been Exposed to Lead?

Lead poisoning creates a silent injury – you won’t necessarily know if you child has lead poisoning even when the blood lead levels are high. If your child has lead poisoning, you should find out where he or she has been exposed to the lead. The most common source of lead poisoning is from paint in the older houses and apartments. If your child has become lead poisoned your child deserves the opportunity to get fair compensation for the current and future harm that has been done.

Exposure to lead in housing poses a significant health risk to young children. Lead is a heavy metal used in many materials and products. When absorbed into the body, it is highly toxic to many organs and systems and seriously hinders the body’s neurological development. Lead is most harmful to children under age six because it is easily absorbed into their growing bodies and interferes with the developing brain and other organs and systems. Pregnant women and women of child-bearing age are also at increased risk, because lead ingested by the mother can cross the placenta and affect the unborn fetus.

Lead poisoning causes irreversible health effects and there is no cure for lead poisoning. At very low levels of exposure in children, lead causes reduced IQ and attention span, hyperactivity, impaired growth, reading and learning disabilities, hearing loss, insomnia, and a range of other health, intellectual, and behavioral problems. At low levels, lead poisoning may not present identifiable symptoms, and a blood test is the only way to know if a child is poisoned. At very high levels of exposure, which are now very rare in the U.S., lead poisoning can cause mental retardation, coma, convulsions, and even death.

At the Law Offices of Charles N. Rock in New York, we represent children throughout the northeast U.S. who suffer from the effects of lead poisoning. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with experienced lead poisoning lawyer Charles Rock.

Learn More About Lead Poisoning and Your Options

Lead poisoning of children is a complex topic. Our New York law firm handles many lead poisoning cases, so we understand how lead exposure happens and what can be done about it. We believe it is important to make sure parents understand issues such as:

  • Signs and symptoms of lead poisoning: Lead poisoning is often invisible, but there are signs you can look out for to see whether your child is ingesting lead or may have been exposed to lead in the past.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Lead poisoning is one of several factors that can cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. This condition can make school and social life difficult.
  • Learning disabilities: There are many types of neurological injuries children can suffer due to lead exposure, and these injuries can make it hard for them to understand information and express their ideas at school.
  • How children get lead poisoning: Children are typically exposed to lead either through getting lead dust on their hands and then putting them in their mouths or through licking or chewing on surfaces that have lead paint on them.
  • Testing your child and your home for lead: There are blood tests doctors can perform to determine whether there is lead in a child’s bloodstream. There are also testing kits you can use to detect lead in your home.
  • Holding property owners accountable: Landlords, day care centers, schools and other property owners have legal responsibilities to prevent lead poisoning of children. If they fail in those responsibilities, they can often be made to pay for the harm they caused.

Lead poisoning lawyer Charles Rock and our team are experienced at helping parents stop lead exposure and pursue fair compensation for lead poisoning of their children. Contact us to discuss what we can do to seek justice for your child.