The Value of a Lead Paint Injury Case
Lead paint injuries are far more common than you would think. The U.S. Center for Disease Control reports that over 4 million households with children have been exposed to dangerously high levels of lead. While there is no safe limit of exposure, it is estimated that over one half million children would test as having 5 micrograms per deciliter of lead in their bloodstream at any given time. If you have been injured, it is important that you speak with a New York City lead paint injury lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance and to ensure your legal rights are protected. Exposure to lead paint can cause a wide variety of serious health problems such as a brain injury, hearing loss and learning disabilities. You may have a right to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost income.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, children under the age of six are the most vulnerable to a lead paint injury. This is due to their size and the fact that they are still developing. This often happens when a child inadvertently ingests or inhales small paint particles that are in the air.
While the use of lead paint has been banned since 1978, this only covers newly manufactured paint. The ban doesn't affect paint that was used prior to that time.
The Residential Lead Paint Hazard Reduction Act was created in 1992. This requires that when occupying a home or residence built prior to 1978, the occupants of the premises must be notified. If the seller or landlord does not comply, they can be fined $10,000 per violation. Landlords are also required to test a premise where they know there will be a child under the age of six living there.
Depending on the level of exposure, lead paint can cause a variety of symptoms that include:
- Lowered I.Q.
- Loss of hearing
If you or someone in your family has been exposed to lead paint, you are probably wondering about the value of a lead paint injury case. Speak to an experienced New York City lead paint injury lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates for answers. We have successfully settled and won thousands of New York personal injury cases. Thus far, we have won over one half billion dollars ($500,000,000) in recoveries for our clients. We pride ourselves in pursuing justice for our clients and getting them the compensation they deserve.The Value of a Lead Paint Injury Case
To determine the value of a lead paint injury case, a lawyer will need to research the circumstances surrounding your injury. The most important factor will be determining your damages. Damages are the amount of money you have lost because of the injury, in addition to any pain and suffering you have endured. The following will need to be assessed.Amount of Medical Costs
If you have been injured because of the negligence of another party, you have a right to be compensated for the medical expenses caused by this negligence. If you were seriously injured, you likely have doctor bills, hospital bills, medication expenses, etc. It is important to note that you will also be covered for future expenses as well.Lost Wages
If you have been injured, you may have missed a work or still may be recovering and unable to return to your former position. In some instances, a victim may find that they are unemployable after an injury. You have a right to be compensated for your loss of income. If you are unable to return to work, this amount alone can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.Pain and Suffering Considerations
Pain and suffering is personal and subjective. Therefore, it is a difficult thing to put a price on. However, in New York, you have a right to be compensated for your pain and suffering, based on your injuries and loss of quality of life. Your lawyer will use a formula to arrive at a fair amount of compensation.Insurance Concerns
A lead paint injury lawyer familiar with New York City case law will need to investigate the policy limits involved. Policy limits often put a cap on what you able to collect from the insurance company. If the policy limit is eight hundred thousand for example, you may not be able to collect any more than that. Sometimes, however, there are other policies involved that may come into play and will increase your recovery.
The following cases are an example of personal injury recoveries:
$1,607,486 Jury Verdict: Lead pain exposure caused cognitive damage.
$4,600,000 Jury Verdict: Teenager poisoned by lead paint in apartment building.
$6,900,000 Jury Verdict: Twin children both poisoned by lead paint in rental apartment.
Suffering an injury due to negligence is a life changing experience. We are here to help, whether you have been involved in a car accident, construction accident or motorcycle accident. We will fight hard to ensure you receive the compensation owed to you. Whether you want to talk about the value of a lead paint injury case, or have been injured in a car accident or motorcycle accident, speak to a lead paint injury lawyer at one of our New York City locations. We have locations throughout New York, including Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Suffolk County, Nassau County and Westchester County. Call us today for a free consultation at 800.696.9529.