What to Look for if You’re Concerned About Lead Poisoning
One of the most frightening things about lead poisoning is that it can be invisible for years before any symptoms show up. Because of the risk of delaying treatment and removing the child from the source of the lead hazard, the laws and regulations for landlords to inspect and for doctors to test and provide anticipatory guidance to parents are strict
If you have any reason to suspect that your child has been exposed to lead contact your health care provider. Your child’s health care provider can help you decide whether to perform a blood test to see if your child has an elevated blood lead level. A blood lead test is the only way you can tell if your child has an elevated lead level. Most children with elevated blood lead levels have no symptoms. The health care provider can recommend treatment if your child has been exposed to lead.
At the Law Offices of Charles N. Rock in New York, we represent children throughout The northeast U.S. who have been exposed to lead in their apartments, schools and elsewhere. Contact us for a free consultation with experienced lead poisoning lawyer Charles Rock.
Identifying the Symptoms of Lead Poisoning
For young children, the neurological system is a fast-growing part of the body. Lead exposure interferes with this growth and development process. Doctors are not sure exactly how this happens, but they know that lead poisoning causes effects such as:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Learning disabilities
- Frustration and behavioral problems
- Difficulty expressing thoughts
If your child has any of these signs and symptoms, you should have him or her tested for lead poisoning. If it turns out that your child has been exposed to lead, you should also contact an experienced attorney to discuss whether to pursue a legal claim for compensation.
Keeping an Eye Out for Mouthing painted surfaces (such as windowsills) and Chewing Paint chips
Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning often don’t always show up until years after the child has been exposed. That is part of why landlords, day care centers and other property owners have such strong legal responsibilities to avoid lead paint exposure.
Lead has a sweet, pleasing taste, so if you see your child mouthing or chewing on paint chips, windowsills or other painted surfaces, that could be an early warning sign.
Lead poisoning lawyer Charles Rock and our team are experienced at helping parents identify the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning and pursue money damages from those responsible. Contact us to discuss what we can do to seek justice for your child and your family. Serving Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Middletown, New Windsor, Poughkeepsie and surrounding New York area.