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Hundreds of New York City Classrooms Contaminated with Lead

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New York City schools’ principals will notify thousands of parents of young children that their classrooms had cracked, chipped or peeling paint that tested positive for lead this summer. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, in a round of inspections starting in June, contractors found lead in paint that was peeling in 938 public school classrooms for children under 6. Officials said these trouble spots would be repaired by repainting before school opens in September.

Alarming Report

This is the New York City Department of Education’s first public data release on lead paint and the potential for lead poisoning in the city’s classrooms. The department inspected 5,408 preschool and kindergarten classrooms after an investigation by public radio station WNYC found evidence of lead paint contamination in four public elementary schools. The agency said it would check first-grade classrooms as well. For the first time, the department posted online a list of classrooms that require repairs and has said it would update this database thrice a year.

Typically, custodians perform visual inspections of walls and windowsills in schools that were built prior to 1985 and serve children under 6 years of age. When custodians find chipping or peeling lead paint, they order lead tests and repairs. Officials say the schools are safe for children and that they have enhanced protocols for communicating with families regarding steps that have been taken to prevent lead exposure and lead poisoning.

Child lead poisoning experts say the department’s report is cause for concern because it’s difficult to say for how long the paint had been chipping and peeling in the classrooms before the custodians noticed these issues. It is also unclear if these employees were trained to spot lead paint risks. Experts say the department should consider testing every classroom in older buildings for lead paint proactively so they know where the problems are rather than waiting for the paint to fall apart.

Dangers of Child Lead Poisoning

If your child has been in classrooms that were flagged for lead poisoning, it is important that you talk to your child’s pediatrician and schedule a blood test. Parents can also get free blood tests to determine lead exposure by calling 311. New York State requires all children to be tested for lead poisoning at ages 1 and 2 and screened for risk up to age 6.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), lead exposure can have serious consequences for children’s health. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system. It may cause coma, convulsions or even death. Children who survive severe lead poisoning maybe left with mental health issues and behavioral disorders. At lower levels of exposure, children may not exhibit obvious symptoms, but still suffer consequences such as anemia, behavioral issues, hypertension, kidney problems and toxicity to reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible. As lead exposure increases, the range and severity of symptoms and effects also increases.

NYC Lead Poisoning Lawyer

A victim who has been diagnosed with high blood lead levels, regardless of whether he or she lives in public or private housing, may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the NYCHA (the Projects) or private landlords for damages. If your child has been exposed to lead in his or her classroom, you may be able to sue the parties that are responsible.

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 agency accountable for its negligence (carelessness).

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 full 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://www.wsj.com/articles/938-new-york-city-classrooms-tested-positive-for-lead-11564703799

Long Island Injury Crash Involves Impaired Teen Driver

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A 17-year-old Long Island teen driving home from a sleepover has been accused of crashing her car into an elderly woman. According to a report in the New York Post, the teen left her friend’s house on Ashford Drive in Bohemia the morning of Aug. 10. Police said she drank spiked seltzers during the sleepover. […]

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Bicyclist Fatally Injures Pedestrian in Manhattan Bike Lane Collision

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A pedestrian has died from severe injuries suffered in a collision with a bicyclist in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. According to a Gothamist news report, the 60-year-old man was struck by a bicyclist riding north in the bike lane near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street on July 31. The man […]

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Fall at Brooklyn Construction Site Injures Worker

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A 45-year-old worker was injured in a Brooklyn construction accident after he fell 15 feet down a shaft at the work site. According to a report in the New York Daily News, this was the third time since May that a worker has been injured at the site on Surf Avenue near West 35th Street […]

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State Senator Urges NYCHA to Proceed with Lead Testing in Queens Public Housing Units

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State Senator Michael Gianaris recently spoke out against the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) regarding the lack of lead testing in the borough’s public housing complexes or “the Projects.” According to an article in the Queens Eagle, which reported extensively about the lack of lead testing in the area’s public housing, Gianaris criticized NYCHA […]

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Woman and Grandson Injured in Queens Pedestrian Accident

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A 56-year-old woman and her 8-year-old grandson were injured in a pedestrian accident after they were struck by a car while crossing a street in Queens. According to a report in the New York Post, the woman and the boy were crossing the street near Jamaica Avenue and 115th Street in Richmond Hill the morning […]

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Construction Manager Killed in Queens Wall Collapse

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A 67-year-old construction manager was fatally injured after he was buried in debris from a wall that collapsed inside a partially completed building in Queens. According to a New York Daily News report, the fatal construction accident occurred in a building on Beach 67th St. near Ocean Avenue North in Arverne. Firefighters worked to free […]

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Report Shows New York City Housing Authority Failed to Maintain Roofs

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A new Comptroller’s report has found that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) (The Projects) failed to properly maintain its roofs and wasted millions of dollars on repairs because staffers had no clue they were covered under warranty. According to a report in the New York Post, City Comptroller Scott Stringer said NYCHA “is […]

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Fire in Queens Apartment Without Working Smoke Alarms Leaves One Dead, Two Injured

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A 50-year-old man was killed and two others were injured in a fire that broke out in a Queens apartment with smoke alarms that didn’t work. According to NBC New York, flames broke out on the fifth floor of the residential building on Elmhurst Avenue early morning on July 29. Three people suffered smoke inhalation […]

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Fatal Brooklyn Bicycle Accident Takes Death Toll This Year to 18

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A woman was fatally injured in a bicycle accident in Brooklyn the morning of July 29, pushing the fatality count in the city this year to 18. According to a CBS New York news report, the 30-year-old bicyclist traveling near 35th Street and Third Avenue in the Greenwood Heights section of Brooklyn, swerved to avoid […]

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