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Manhattan Lead Paint Injury

Even though lead paint was removed from the U.S. market decades ago, lead exposure by children and adults remains a significant problem. Lead paint poisoning is dangerous, leading to serious health and developmental problems such as brain and developmental delays. Because the federal and local regulations related to the use of lead paint and removing it, lead paint poisoning is almost always due to someone violating the law or failing following safety rules. If you or a loved one suffered brain damage or some other injury that you believe is related to lead pain exposure, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Manhattan lead paint injury lawyer who will explain to you your options for pursuing compensation for the injuries you suffered.

Causes of lead paint exposure

Victims of lead paint poisoning are typically exposed to lead paint in one of the following ways:

  • Paint chips: Children eat chips of lead paint in old buildings that falls to the floor or ha is peeling on walls in apartments. Landlords are required to take steps to ensure that children are not exposed to lead paint.
  • Lead paint removal. Workers can be exposed to airborne lead paint dust if safety rules for lead removal are not followed.
  • Construction and demolition. If a building that has lead paint is renovated or demolished, lead paint dust will become airborne. Workers must take safety precautions to avoid suffering injury from the airborne lead paint dust.

Lead exposure can have a profound effect on the health and develop of victims. Common medical problems associated with exposure to lead paint include: abdominal pain, joint pain, nausea, constipation, fatigue, developmental delays and low birth weight.

Damages for a lead paint injury

New York allows victims of lead paint poisoning to demand that those responsible pay them compensation for the medical bills and other economic and noneconomic losses associated with the poisoning.

  • Medical expenses: The medical expenses associated with lead paint poisoning can be significant, particularly when the victim is a child. With severe cases the victim may face health challenges for the rest of his or her life. Thus, both past medical expenses and future estimated medical expenses are compensable damages.
  • Lost wages: If you suffer brain damage, have abdominal issues or any other medical problem that prevents you from working, the wages you fail to earn on the days you miss as well as other compensation you lost such as promotions and benefits are compensable damages.
  • Pain and suffering. This includes compensation for permanent injuries from being exposed to lead paint as well as for the psychological suffering that comes along with coping with a debilitating condition.

Many lead paint injuries occur at work, particularly at construction sites where renovation or demolition work on older property is involved. In New York victims injured while working have the right to workers' compensation benefits. This may mean that such victims do not have the right to pursue a personal injury claim. Because the rules related to workers' compensation and workplace injuries are complicated, you should discuss the facts of your case with an experienced attorney who will determine the sources from which you may be entitled to benefits or compensation.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you suspect that exposure to lead paint is the reason you for your injuries, or the reason that your family member is ill, contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims from people with lead paint injuries as well as claims from those who were injured in auto accidents, slip and fall claims, and other types of accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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