NYC Lead Paint Injury
Despite the United States banning the use of paint over 30 years ago (1978), lead paint related-injury stills occurs every day. A lead paint injury affects children the greatest, and the damage resulting is permanent. Among other symptoms, lead paint injury can cause learning disability, kidney failure, brain damage, seizures and high blood pressure. Our NYC Lead Paint Injury Lawyer staff has gained years of experience in cases dealing with lead paint injury, and if you have been exposed to lead paint contact the offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates for a free consultation on your case.
Older homes, where the owners and landlords failed to remove lead paint, is typically where a lead paint injury happens, but dangerous levels have also been found in imported goods and household products, including toys and jewelry, as well as household fixtures and mini-blinds. It is estimated that over 4 million households have children that have been exposed to lead. If your child ingests or inhales lead paint flakes from the walls of your home or apartment, a premise liability claim may be filed against your landlord. Likewise, if lead exposure stems from a household product or everyday item you have the right to file a product liability claim against a manufacturer, supplier, designer or retailer of the defective product.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of any paint containing more than 0.06 of lead. Yet paint with higher levels is still used today. Older buildings are also a concern, where paint has been applied in many layers and now may be chipping off. Sanding the area can cause dust and paint particles to be inhaled.
Lead paint can become a very serious matter. It can have a devastating effect on a child's physical, mental and emotion well-being. Some of the symptoms caused by lead poisoning and exposure to children include: Attention Deficit Disorder, behavior problems, antisocial tendencies, learning disabilities and academic problems, and can also cause severe brain injury, organ failure, coma or wrongful death.
According to studies, these types of symptoms of lead exposure can occur when the lead in blood rises to a minimal amount—10 micrograms per deciliter of blood. However, this injury is preventable when the appropriate steps are taken at the right time. If someone, such as the landlord or property owner, has been negligent by allowing or using lead paint, they can be legally liable for your injury. Contact our experienced legal team to learn about holding them responsible for their negligent behavior.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to lead-based paint, contact us to schedule a free appointment regarding filing a legal claim. If you have been injured by your exposure to lead based paint, you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries. Please call us at 800.696.9529 or contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, our office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.