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The National Safety Council estimates that there are more than 400,000 children under the age of six who have elevated levels of lead in their blood.

It has been estimated that 42 million homes in the United States contain lead. Children living in these homes are at risk for lead exposure and lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is the greatest environmental health threat to children under the age of six. Lead Poisoning occurs from swallowing lead paint chips or from breathing lead paint dust.

Even small amounts of chipped lead paint or lead dust can be dangerous to children. The brain and organs of young children are developing rapidly during childhood, and exposure to lead can cause many serious long-term health problems.

Even though lead hasn't been allowed in paint since 1978 it's estimated that over 50% of children living in urban settings are exposed annually because these children often live in dwellings that are old and poorly maintained. Studies have shown that high lead levels may cause:

  • Brain Damage
  • Damage to Nervous System
  • Growth Retardation
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Behavioral Disabilities
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Spontaneous Death

These injuries, which are often irreversible, will affect children throughout their lives and may impede their future success. If your building was built before 1978 it is very possible that lead paint was used. Peeling paint is a clear signal that lead paint may have been used in your home.

Large amounts of lead may also be found in schools, playground equipment, old paint, pipes, and dust particles in the air. A blood lead test is the only accurate way to diagnose lead poisoning.

Lead poisoning is not only a concern for children. Adults exposed to lead in the home, workplace or environment also face the threat of lead poisoning related to overexposure. Lead poisoning is most likely to affect adults living in older homes where deteriorating lead-based paint has decomposed into dust particles, which are then inhaled through contaminated air. The lead particles pass all the way through the respiratory tract and end up in the lungs, where they are processed along with oxygen, allowing them to easily enter the bloodstream.

Children suffering from lead poisoning may be entitled to compensation from those responsible for their injuries. If you believe you or your child has been exposed to lead you may have a claim against a negligent landlord or paint and pigment manufacturer. You may be entitled to compensation by those who are responsible. Contact a lead poisoning attorney today to determine your legal rights.

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