New York Property Owner to Settle Lead Paint Case with Attorney General

lead paint poisoning lawyerA landlord (building owner and building manager) in Syracuse, New York, has agreed to pay $310,000 for failing to properly address lead paint hazards that pose the risk of lead poisoning. According to a report in The Daily Record, Attorney General Letitia James’s office announced that the property owner will pay the fine after her office filed a lawsuit alleging that he repeatedly and persistently violated lead safety laws at nearly two dozen rental properties in Syracuse.

Lead Violations in Several Properties

Officials said over the past eight years there were at least 360 violations of lead safety laws at these properties and at least 16 children suffered from lead poisoning as a result. The property owner has owned and managed at least 48 rental properties with about 116 individual rental units in Syracuse. According to city and county records, all of these properties were constructed before 1940 and presumed to contain lead paint. The Daily Record also reports that most of these properties are in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

The landlord (building owner and building manager) currently owns 39 rental properties in and around Syracuse, 22 of which have had lead-related violations. The $310,000 settlement includes $80,000 for current and former tenants harmed by lead paint exposure he owned for the past eight years and $230,000 for the identification and resolution of lead hazards at the 22 currently owned properties that have lead-related violations. Per the agreement, the landlord (building owner and building manager) will also be prohibited from selling any of these properties without the Attorney General’s approval until all the lead-related hazards have been resolved.

New York Lead Paint Laws

In New York, laws regarding lead paint hazards are stringent and prioritize the protection of public health, especially for children who are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure. The primary legislation governing lead paint hazards in New York is the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act (LPPA) and the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act (LBPPPA). These laws require property owners and property managers to adhere to strict guidelines regarding lead paint inspection, abatement, and disclosure.

Under these laws, landlords (building owners and building managers) are required to disclose any known lead paint hazards to tenants before they sign a lease or rental agreement. Additionally, property owners/managers are obligated to conduct lead paint inspections and remediate any hazards found in properties built before 1978, when lead paint was banned for residential use.

Furthermore, the New York City Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act mandates that property owners/managers of buildings with three or more units conduct annual lead paint inspections and provide tenants with annual notices about the risks of lead exposure. Failure to comply with these laws can result in severe penalties, including fines and legal action.

Lead paint exposure in children can cause irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system, leading to developmental delays, learning difficulties, behavioral problems, and reduced IQ. Even low levels of lead exposure can have significant and long-lasting effects on a child’s health and well-being.

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 New York City Housing Authority (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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Source: https://nydailyrecord.com/2024/02/09/syracuse-landlord (building owner and building manager) -pays-310000-to-settle-lead-paint-case-with-ny-ag/