As the leaders in securing jury verdicts in lead paint cases, we here at The Fitzgerald Law Firm are all too familiar with the inherent dangers stemming from lead poisoning.
Children Vulnerable to Dangerous Effects of Lead Poisoning
Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that children under the age of 7 are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead poisoning. This is mainly because their bodies are still developing and their brains are very sensitive to even small amounts of lead.
While many of the dangers often don’t reveal themselves until years after a child’s exposure to lead, they include:
- Brain damage
- Learning disabilities
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Neurological problems
- Failure of major organs
- Loss of IQ points and intellect
- Swelling of the brain (encephalopathy)
How You Can Help to Prevent Your Child From Experiencing Lead Poisoning
A safe blood lead level in children has yet to be identified. In fact, even low levels of lead in a child’s blood have been proven to affect IQ scores and ability to pay attention.
With that in mind, here are proactive actions you can take in minimizing the risk of exposure to lead.
- Have your child tested for lead levels in his/her blood
- Talk with your local health department about testing the paint and dust in your home for lead if you live in a home constructed before 1978
- Make sure your child does not have access to peeling paint or surfaces that have been painted with lead-based paint (you can use temporary barriers including contact paper or duct tape to cover holes in walls or to block the ability of a child to touch the surfaces)
- Since household dust is a primary source of lead, wet-mop floors and horizontal surfaces every 2-3 weeks
- Prevent your child from playing in bare soil until the area is covered with grass seed, mulch or wood chips
Call The Fitzgerald Law Firm If You’ve Been Exposed to Lead Paint Poisoning
Having secured more than twice the number of jury verdicts in lead paint cases as any other law firm, we know the damage that can be caused by exposure to lead – especially in children.
If you or someone you know has been affected by exposure to lead paint, we’d welcome the opportunity to speak with you.
Contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm today so that we can discuss your case. The first consultation is free, and our number is 800-323-9900.