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New York Lead Poisoning & Personal Injury Lawyers
The Frankel Law Firm has been helping victims of lead poisoning and serious personal injuries for more than 30 years, and we’re proud of that legacy. During that time, our firm has fought and won precedent setting and landmark cases including having successfully litigated the case which established the regulatory liability of a landlord for childhood lead poisoning in New York City and the liability of a landlord for prenatal exposure of an unborn child to lead based paint.
We have recovered many millions of dollars for the victims of lead poisoning and other serious accident cases. If you or someone you love has been poisoned by lead or injured in a serious accident, please call for a free consultation with our attorneys.Learn more about us
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Mr. Frankel headed my team of lawyers in a very complex wrongful firing dispute. The case lasted several years through hearings, appeals, remand, and involved many issues of contract interpretation, defamation and corporate law, Mr. Frankel never lost sight of the ultimate goal and kept his staff and the other attorneys working on our team focused and on task. He developed the overall big picture strategy of how to win the case while keeping his attention focused on the details, as well. A truly superior lawyer who I would recommend anytime!
Mr. Frankel is knowledgeable, professional, down to earth, and easy to speak to. His team is very accessible and was wonderful to work with. He was recommended to us as brilliant lawyer who gets results and would hold our hand throughout our ordeal, which is exactly what he did. He and his staff were so warm and friendly to us. Nothing was too big or too small for him and they made a difficult ordeal much easier to get through. I highly recommend the Frankel Law Firm.
I went to Michael Frankel, after consultation with other high profile lawyers. All of them refused to take my case, claiming that I could not win. Mr Frankel on the other hand took my case and we won big. I am so grateful to Michael for representing me and recommended him very highly. Anyone who hires him will not regret.
Mr. Frankel and his staff worked tirelessly to succeed on my behalf beyond my expectations. He is thoughtful, kind and most understanding. A true pleasure to deal with.
Michael Stewart Frankel was my lawyer. He handled my case and my children’s case professionally and won our case. He did not stop until we got the money!!!! We had a difficult case but, Mr. Frankel fought till the end. I am very happy with the end result. I would definitely refer him to my friends.
Mr. Frankel is an Excellent Lawyer! He took on my case when my son was diagnosed with lead poison. My son was a little under a year old. The family move around a lot since he took on the case BUT Mr. Frankel NEVER gave up on my son and I. The Case was time consuming but its FINALLY OVER! We Settled a short while ago, My son is now 21 years old.. and we are pleased. I give him 5 STARS!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is lead?
Lead is a heavy metal which, while naturally occurring, has no known benefit to humans. It is a highly potent neurotoxin which is dangerous for all humans, and is most dangerous when people are exposed to lead as young children. Lead poses the greatest danger to children and is often found in old paint or paint dust, which may be found in older housing, such as in homes or multiple dwellings built prior to 1978. Lead paint exposure can cause irreversible brain damage as well as many other health problems, and behavioral or learning problems.
What is lead poisoning?
Lead poisoning occurs when a person (often a young child) inhales or swallows lead and it accumulates in the person’s body. While the NY Public Health Law has defined lead poisoning as occurring at a level of 10 µg/dL (micrograms of lead per deciliter of whole blood) for purposes of overall health policy, the overwhelming consensus in the scientific community is that even low-dose lead exposure is dangerous for children and can cause irreversible brain damage. The CDC has recognized that there is no known safe lead level.
What causes lead poisoning in children ?
The most common cause of lead poisoning in children is from peeling, chipping, or chalking of old paint. A child can be lead poisoned simply by inhaling lead particles from paint which are airborne in the child’s living environment. Young children are also exposed through routine hand-to-mouth activity after they have touched surfaces which were laden with lead paint dust, or by eating paint chips.
Is my landlord legally responsible for my child’s lead poisoning?
A landlord may be held liable for a child’s injuries caused by lead exposure in the child’s residence if the landlord was aware (or should have been aware) that a young child was residing there and/or where the landlord knew that the apartment/house contained a hazardous lead condition and nonetheless failed to remedy the lead condition.
I live in an apartment with a two year lease. Can my landlord evict me if I sue him as a result of my child contracting lead poisoning?
Being sued for being negligent and poisoning a young child is not typically a legal basis to evict a tenant with a lease.
How does lead paint get from the surfaces of an apartment or home (walls, windows, doors, etc.) to a child’s blood stream and body organs?
Lead-based paint often peels and chips. Often, lead paint can be found on surfaces such as door jambs or window sills or other friction/impact surfaces. Lead paint or dust can easily be sent airborne this way, and a child can then efficiently ingest the lead paint. Young children are also exposed through routine hand-to-mouth activity after they have touched surfaces which were laden with lead paint dust, or by eating paint chips. Once ingested, a young child’s body efficiently absorbs the lead which is deposited throughout the child’s body, including the young child’s brain.