Though lead paint has been regulated in the United States since the late 1970’s, the dangers of lead paint poisoning still linger for some homeowners, renters and consumers.
Lead paint poisoning is very dangerous, especially for children who are most at risk. Two of the most common sources of lead paint poisoning are deteriorating lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust. Lead-based paint is usually found in houses, apartments and buildings constructed before 1978, the year the federal government banned the use.
Under ordinary circumstances, this paint is not hazardous as long as it remains on the wall in good condition. However, if it begins to peel, crack, chip, or flake off, then it’s an unsafe living area, the property owner is responsible for ensuring safe living conditions for all their tenants.
Lead poisoning symptoms can look like symptoms from other illnesses. It is important to be aware of possible early symptoms. They include:
- upset stomach – ranging from nausea to stomach pain to
- constipation, or diarrhea to
- vomiting, loss of appetite and weight loss
- most common in adults – a bluish line along the gums, metallic taste in the mouth to
- behavioral changes, such irritability, lethargy, hyperactivity and an inability to sleep
- can cause chest pains and headaches
- extreme cases can result in seizures, coma and even death
If you or a family member have been exposed to lead dust or peeling paint in an old building, and you experience any of the above symptoms, there is a possibility that you could have lead poisoning. The property owner may be responsible if you or a family member’s exposure to lead poisoning has resulted in any injuries.
If you believe you or your child has been injured by exposure to lead, you should contact the experienced personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. We will examine the facts of your case to determine whether the negligent conduct of a property owner, landlord, building contractor or other person may be responsible for your injuries. Our trusted attorneys can conduct an evaluation of your case start by scheduling a free initial consultation today.
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