New Funding to Help Remove Lead Paint from More New York Homes

lead paint poisoningRemoving toxic lead paint from homes is being prioritized in more areas across New York as state officials are trying to get more funding at the county level to help minimize the risk of lead poisoning, Spectrum News reports. The media outlet quotes the director of a grassroots group who says lead paint and lead pipes are affecting a number of renters across the state and tenants depend on their landlords (building owners/managers) to remove lead paint and replace lead pipes.

Making Living Spaces Safer

Spectrum reports that Ulster County in New York is one of several counties to receive a grant that will go to building owners/building managers to remove lead paint in low- and middle-income housing units. Last year’s budget included $20 million for lead hazard removal. Ulster County officials said these funds will help make 45 buildings lead-free. Because tenants may need to leave the property temporarily while the work is being done, the funding also covers temporary relocation.

A statewide registry of lead status in rental properties is expected to go online in 2025. In the meantime, officials say, renters who live in homes built prior to 1940 should test for lead paint and inform their building owner/building manager if they find it. Ulster County officials said if the property owner/manager does not take steps to repair the problem, renters should contact their county, which can then take legal action and enforce the requirement for remediation.

How Lead Affects Children

Lead paint and lead pipes pose severe risks to young children’s health and development. When children are exposed to lead, either through ingestion of paint chips or dust contaminated with lead, it can have detrimental effects on their physical and cognitive development.

Ingesting lead paint can lead to lead poisoning, which can cause a range of health problems, including developmental delays, learning difficulties, decreased IQ, behavioral issues, hearing impairment, and even seizures or coma in severe cases. Young children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of lead exposure because their bodies are still developing, and they tend to explore their environment by putting objects, including paint chips, in their mouths.

Lead exposure can also have long-term consequences, impacting a child’s academic performance, social interactions, and overall quality of life. Even low levels of lead exposure over time can accumulate in a child’s body and cause significant harm. Preventing lead exposure in young children is crucial. This involves identifying and removing lead paint hazards from homes, schools, and other environments where children spend time.

New York City’s Lead Laws

New York City has implemented stringent lead laws aimed at protecting its residents, especially young children, from the harmful effects of lead exposure. These laws address various aspects of lead prevention and remediation in residential buildings to ensure safe and healthy living environments. Some key components of New York City’s lead laws include:

  • Local Law 1 of 2004: This law mandates annual lead-based paint inspections for apartments and common areas in buildings constructed before 1960 where children under the age of six years reside. Building owners and building managers are required to address any lead hazards found during inspections and provide tenants with information about lead safety measures.
  • Local Law 31 of 2020: This law expands upon Local Law 1 and lowers the threshold for lead exposure levels that trigger corrective action. It also requires annual inspections for buildings constructed between 1960 and 1978 where children under the age of six years live and mandates inspections for common areas of these buildings every five years.
  • Lead Hazard Reduction Law: This law requires property owners/managers to remediate lead hazards in residences where children under the age of six years reside, regardless of income eligibility. It provides resources and support for property owners/managers to comply with lead remediation requirements.
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act: This act requires healthcare providers to test children for lead exposure at ages one and two, as well as at-risk children up to age six. It also mandates reporting of lead test results to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for tracking and follow-up interventions.
  • Local Law 1 of 2019: This law expands requirements for lead-based paint investigations and remediation in child care facilities, including inspections before opening or relicensing and regular inspections every two years thereafter.

New York Lead Poisoning Lawyer

Whether 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 (building owners and building managers) for damages. 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.

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 law 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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