The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) (The Projects) will test for lead paint at 189 of its community centers across five boroughs. According to AMNY, the agency expects the tests will take about two months to complete and the results will be submitted on or about March 31. The tests will include visual assessments and XRF (x-ray fluorescence) testing, which uses x-ray devices to determine lead levels in paint.
Families on Alert
NYCHA officials say the 189 community centers house programs for children under the age of 6. Young children are the most vulnerable when it comes to lead poisoning from peeling or chipping lead paint. They may develop lead poisoning if they inhale or consume paint dust or chips that are tainted with lead. So far, 15 of these centers have already been tested and reported no contamination. The city has also alerted families that use the community centers about the upcoming lead paint tests.
All of these tests will be conducted on weekends or after-hours to avoid program disruptions. A notice of evaluation will be placed on each building entrance 15 days after the final results of the tests are received, NYCHA officials said. NYCHA has also said it will notify residents about centers where problems with lead paint are found, and this notification will be a precursor to corrective action. Families who use these community centers are urged to talk to their doctors about blood lead testing to make sure their children are not suffering from lead poisoning.
Dangers of Lead Poisoning
Lead poisoning happens when excess amounts of lead makes its way into the body through the skin or from breathing, eating or drinking. While lead is toxic to people of all ages, unborn babies and young children (under age 6) are at greatest risk for health problems from lead poisoning. Young children also tend to absorb lead more easily than older kids and adults. Lead can harm production of blood cells and the absorption of calcium, which is needed for strong bones and teeth, muscle movements and the work of nerves and blood vessels. High lead levels in the body can also cause irreversible brain and kidney damage.
Lead poisoning is typically diagnosed with a simple blood test. These blood tests that check for lead in the body can be done when children are 1 or 2 years old. Treatment for lead poisoning depends on how much lead is present in the bloodstream. Children with severe lead poisoning will require hospitalization and medications to treat the lead poisoning.
Understanding Your Rights
If you have been living as a tenant at a private apartment complex or in a public housing unit (the Projects), please remember that you have legal rights. If your child has been diagnosed with high blood lead levels, regardless of whether you live in public or private housing, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the NYCHA (the Projects) or private landlords for damages. It is important that you get your children’s blood lead levels tested if you live in a housing development that is known to have lead paint.
Those who have been affected can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, cost of diagnostic tests, permanent injuries, lost income and benefits, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. A knowledgeable New York City lead poisoning lawyer will be able to help you file the lawsuit and compile the evidence that is required to hold the Projects (NYCHA) or private building owner accountable for its negligence (carelessness).
NYC Lead Poisoning Lawyer
If your child has been affected by lead poisoning, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
Our firm 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 recovered $162,500 above the $1 million dollar total insurance policy in this case. Despite the judge’s efforts to settle the case for $950,000, we fought hard and recovered $162,500 more than the insurance policy of one million dollars. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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