Brooklyn Lead Poisoning Lawyer
Lead is a toxic substance — and exposure to lead-based paint and other environmental dangers can lead to serious brain and nervous system damage. Children are particularly vulnerable to the negative health consequences of lead exposure, and can suffer lifetime learning issues and disabilities as a result. Even a relatively small amount of lead can cause serious and irreversible health problems.
If you live in Brooklyn, — and you or someone you love has been exposed to lead due to the negligence of others — it’s important that you consult with a lead poisoning attorney. A knowledgeable lead poisoning lawyer can help explain your rights and if appropriate, help you receive fair and just compensation for injuries caused by the ingestion of lead paint or lead contaminated dust in the home.
The serious consequences of lead exposure
Lead exposure among children is at alarming levels in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control reports that roughly 535,000 children between the ages of one and five have blood levels high enough to require medical intervention. Additionally, it’s estimated that 24 million homes in the U.S. contain lead paint and potentially lead-contaminated house dust. Four million of these homes contain children.
According to scientific peered reviewed research, there is sufficient evidence to establish that lead levels even below 5 mg/dl may cause damage to IQ, academic achievement as well as impacting externalized behavior patterns which have a damaging influence on children. This may include an increased incidence of attention-related and problem generating behaviors. Lead also causes damage to heme which has immediate damaging effects on the development of a child.
Lead levels from 5 mg/dl to 10 mg/dl have been found to cause all of the problems listed for the children who were poisoned by lead with lead levels of up to 5 mg/dl superimposed on additional damage including potential damage to auditory function causing loss of hearing and reduced postnatal growth and delayed puberty in girls and boys.
Lead levels at or exceeding 10 mg/dl and up to 40 mg/dl have been shown to cause all of the damages listed for lower levels. The added lead burden also causes slower nerve conduction and decreased hemoglobin and anemia.
Levels at or exceeding 40 mg/dl and up to 80 mg/dl causes all of the damages caused to lower lead levels as well as abdominal pain, constipation, colic, anorexia, and vomiting.
Lead levels exceeding 80 mg/dl. causes all of the damages caused by lower levels of lead. It may also cause severe neural damage as well as convulsions, coma, loss of voluntary muscle control and even death.
Any lead level causes some degree of pediatric brain damage and there is no known safe level of lead in humans.
Finding the right Brooklyn lead poisoning lawyer
If you or a loved one has been the victim of lead-poisoning, it’s important to find experienced legal representation. If you’re living in Brooklyn, the Frankel Law Firm can help. We have decades of experience helping the victims of lead poisoning. In addition to our Manhattan principal office, we have a convenient local Brooklyn office at which you can meet with a lawyer and confidentially discuss your case.
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