New York Lead Poisoning Attorney
Lead poisoning is a toxic condition that results from the absorption of excessive amounts of lead into the victim’s body. This usually happens to children who have been exposed to lead based paint in older and/or improperly maintained apartments, and in this case, the property owner/operator may be liable.
People who own and operate properties have a legal obligation to protect those who use them from foreseeable risk, and the failure to do so may be considered negligence. The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm has received large settlements from these negligent owners. We can even come to you at your home, hospital or on the job. If you don’t have a doctor to treat you for your injury, we may well be able to find doctors that can treat you without you paying them until the end of the case, and we can keep insurance adjusters from calling you.
We recovered $1,162,500 for a child who suffered lead poisoning from paint in her apartment. The child’s injuries were subtle and difficult to recognize. We were able to recover $162,500 above the maximum insurance policy limit which was $1,000,000. The judge pushed hard for the case to be settled for $950,000 but we fought for more and recovered $162,500 more than the full policy which is very unusual.
We believe our clients deserve nothing short of justice and we will take the case as far as is beneficial to your claim.
How are Children Poisoned?
If your child was poisoned, you may not know how this happened. Lead poisoning occurs when children either swallow peeling paint chips or inhale lead in the paint dust. Children are the most likely victims of lead poisoning because their bodies absorb a larger amount of lead than adults. This is especially dangerous because the brains and central nervous systems of children are still developing. The lead can accumulate in children’s bodies and cause irreversible damage.
Effects of Lead Poisoning
Studies have shown that high levels of lead accumulation in the body can cause damage to the central nervous system, brain injuries, reduced intelligence, growth retardation, learning disabilities, and behavioral difficulties. In extreme cases, lead poisoning can cause seizures, comas and death.
These costly medical problems may require long-term treatment and many families do not have the means to pay. We understand these concerns and we will try everything in our power to get you the maximum amount of money for your claim, so that you can offer your injured child a higher quality of life.
Lead Poisoning Cases
In 1978, the Consumer Products Safety Commission issued a ban against the use of lead-based paints in homes, but the National Safety Council estimates that approximately 38 million homes still contain this toxic substance. If you live in an apartment that was built prior to 1978, it is very possible that lead paint was used.
By law, property owners and operators have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment free of all foreseeable risks, including lead based paint. Failure to do this and protect users of their property from harm may be considered negligence under the law.
If your child or the child of someone you know has suffered an injury due to lead poisoning, you should contact us immediately for your free consultation. Our lead poisoning attorneys or lawyers will guide you through the legal process, enforce and explain your rights and do everything we can to help you get the most money for your case. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496) to schedule your free consultation with a lead poisoning lawyer.
Information & News about Lead Poisoning
- The Dangers of Lead Poisoning Among Children
- Level of Lead Poisoning Among Children on the Rise, Study Shows
- New Study: Costs of Treating Children with Lead Poisoning Extremely High
- OSHA Fines Queens Construction Project for 19 Safety Violations
- Prenatal Home Screening Could Help Reduce Risk of Childhood Lead Poisoning
- CDC Changes Standards for Lead Poisoning