Lead Poisoning Lawsuits
Lead poisoning lawsuits can be filed against those individuals who have suffered lead poisoning as a result of another party's negligence. Fortunately, lead poisoning is a relatively rare adverse physical event, though it still has the potential to cause physical damage to those afflicted. Depending on the source of a victim's lead poisoning, lead poisoning lawsuits can be filed against different individuals. Paint and oil manufacturers can be charged in lead poisoning lawsuits if their products cause lead poisoning.
Landlords can also be charged in lead poisoning lawsuits. The Residential Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, better known as Title X, requires that landlords of buildings that were built before 1978 provide tenants with the EPA handout disclosing information about the dangers of lead based paint. Tenants and landlords are required to sign an EPA approved document that acknowledges that tenants have been provide with information about these dangers. If a landlord fails to meet the requirements of Title X, they can be charged $10,000 per violation. Landlords may also be required to pay three times what a tenant suffers in damages in lead poisoning lawsuits. Housing authorities in charge of public housing may also be subject to these same regulations.
Lead poisoning occurs when the body builds up too much lead in the blood. Sources of lead poisoning can include lead based paint (used before 1978), lead pipes, old window glaze, leaded oil, and leaded soldering. Lead may also be found in contaminated water, soil, food, and the air. Less common sources of lead poisoning include foreign medications, ceramics, playground soil, dust and debris from building renovations, and leaded crystal.
Children are at a higher risk of lead poisoning for a few reasons. Children's bodies absorb fifty percent of the lead they consume, while adult bodies consume only ten percent. Younger children are more likely to be exposed to lead poisoning sources because they play at or near ground level and because they explore their environment with their mouths. Children are particularly at risk because lead poisoning can lead to permanent impairment of cognitive functioning and organ damage.
Symptoms of lead poisoning can include fatigue, depression, heart failure, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, gout, kidney failure, high blood pressure, reproductive problems, decreased appetite, and sleeplessness. Children who suffer lead poisoning might have developmental damage resulting in a lower I.Q. and other learning problems.
If you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering from lead poisoning, a medical test can be performed to measure the level of lead in the blood. People can experience adverse effects of lead poisoning at a 10mcg/dl blood lead concentration. Medical treatment is available to treat victims of lead poisoning. If you dwell in a home that was built before 1978, there are ways to detect the presence of lead materials in your home or other residence. Paint and other lead product removal must be performed by a qualified professional.
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