Lead paint (poisoning) is especially very vulnerable to young children. It affects their development of the brain and nervous system and it can destroy their future. Children exposed at six years old and/or younger are especially vulnerable because their growing bodies absorb lead more quickly than adults do. People whose immune system is weak are also very likely to be affected by lead paint if they are exposed to it for a long period of time.
The effects of lead paint (poisoning) are serious and permanent. Lead paint can be treated, but all the damages that are already done to the body cannot be reversed back. Therefore, lead paint (poisoning) has a lasting impact on children and as they grow old. They may earn less than their peers who had no exposure, and they usually have difficulty holding a job. All this could have been avoided by minimizing the lead exposure and lead poisoning.
Early signs of lead poisoning
Signs and symptoms of lead paint (poisoning) in children include:
- Developmental delay
- Learning difficulties
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Sluggishness and fatigue
- Abdominal pain
- Hearing loss
Babies exposed to lead paint before birth might:
- Be born prematurely
- Have lower birth weight
- Have slowed growth
Some of the Common things that can have lead are:
- house paint made before 1978
- toys and household items painted before 1976
- toys made and painted outside the United States
- bullets, curtain weights, and fishing sinkers made of lead
- pipes and sink faucets, which can contaminate drinking water
- soil polluted by car exhaust or chipping house paint
- paint sets and art supplies
- jewelry, pottery, and lead figures
- storage batteries
- kohl or kajal eyeliners
- some traditional ethnic medicines
We all want to protect our family from bad happenings. One of the ways lead paint (poisoning) occurs is through old buildings that are exposed to lead. Therefore, one way you could avoid lead poisoning when you search for an apartment next time is by researching how old the building is; when it was made; and, how often the house has been colored and many more factors.
For example, if your home was built before 1978 you need to regularly check your home for chipping, peeling, or deteriorating paint. Please address these issues as soon as possible to your homeowner or the state officials. Benjamin Franklin rightly quoted “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Bhurtel Law Firm on Lead Poisoning
We have more than 18 years of experience and provide both domestic and international legal counseling. We handle a wide variety of personal injury claims and strive for fast results.
When you select an attorney to handle your lead paint (poisoning) claim, you need a knowledgeable lawyer who understands the details of personal injury claims in the State of New York. Our lead paint poisoning lawyer in Queens has the experience to pursue all parties involved in your accident, so you can receive full compensation for your personal injury due to lead paint.
Reporting Possible Lead Paint & Exposure in New York City
You may report peeling or chipped paint by calling 311 to New York City if there are three or more units and you have a child under six.
See the following link on how to make compliant with City of New York about Lead Paint. http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/1962/lead-paint
Please contact us at our office located in Queens, NY at 718-509-6181 for a free case evaluation.