We Can Even Come to You!

Call Us 24/7:(212) 545-7373

1-800-967-5496

News & Blogs

Property Manager Sued by New York State Over Lead Paint Compliance

Leave a reply

A property manager who oversees more than 6,000 apartment units in 134 buildings in New York City has been non-compliant with lead-paint regulations, the state’s attorney general said. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, Attorney General Letitia James accused the property manager of failing to identify which apartments house children under 6, as required by New York City law. The lawsuit alleges that the property manager who mostly operates buildings in low-and middle-income communities in the Bronx, failed to conduct annual investigations of those apartments for hazards such as peeling paint, which pose a lead poisoning risk.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the state court is the first one filed by a New York state attorney general under the New York City Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, which went into effect in 2004. James said she wasn’t aware of any confirmed cases of lead poisoning in children who have lived in properties managed by this company. However, she called the firm’s alleged lack of compliance with the law egregious and said that the property manager repeatedly failed to cooperate with investigative inquiries.

Failure to Comply with Regulations

The attorney general’s office said that the property manager’s alleged noncompliance was discovered as part of an investigation into lead-paint regulation compliance citywide. The city’s Housing Preservation and Development Commission has reportedly issued nearly 500 violations to property owners and property managers since it began conducting a citywide audit of lead-paint-regulation compliance in December.

More than two-thirds of the property owners who were audited by the agency were not in compliance with the lead-paint regulations, city data showed. The lawsuit alleges that the property manager repeatedly certified in new leases that it had complied with the legal requirements relating to lead paint, even though it had not done that.

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) (the Projects) is in the middle of a giant scandal for failing to comply with federal lead-paint regulations. The city agency has been placed under a federal monitor after an investigation found about 2,500 apartments contaminated with lead that were occupied or frequently visited by children under the age of 6.

Understanding Your Rights

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) lead exposure can have serious consequences for the health of children. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and the central nervous system causing seizures, coma and even death. Children who sustain severe lead poisoning may be left with mental and behavioral disorders. Even at lower levels of lead exposure, children’s brain development may be affected resulting in reduced intelligence quotient (IQ), behavioral changes such as reduced attention span and increased antisocial behavior, and reduced educational attainment. Lead exposure also causes anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, and toxicity to the immune system and reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.

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 (building owners and managers, etc.) 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. 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 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.

Please contact us TOLL FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). WE CAN EVEN COME TO YOU. There is no attorneys’ fee unless we recover money for you. We can also help with personal injury and medical malpractice cases in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

Other TOLL FREE phone numbers for us are:

1-800-RADIO-LAW, 1-888-WYPADEK, OR 1-800-LAS-LEYES

Please visit us at: www.WORK4YOULAW.com

Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/property-manager-sued-over-lead-paint-compliance-by-new-york-state-11582845302

 

Second Fatal Brooklyn Pedestrian Accident in Three Days

Leave a reply

A 7-year-old boy was the second child in three days to be killed in a Brooklyn pedestrian accident. According to a report in The New York Times, a boy and his mother were struck the morning of Feb. 27 at the intersection of Blake and Pennsylvania avenues. Police said a silver colored SUV hit the […]

Continue Reading.......

US Pedestrian Deaths Rise to Their Highest Level in 30 Years

Leave a reply

Pedestrian fatalities in the United States reached their highest level in 30 years even as the nation’s traffic accident fatalities overall have been falling. According to a new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), an estimated 6,590 pedestrians were killed in car accidents last year, amounting to a nearly 5 percent increase […]

Continue Reading.......

Brooklyn School Bus Fatally Injures Girl in Crosswalk

Leave a reply

A 10-year-old girl was struck and killed by a school bus the morning of Feb. 25 as she attempted to cross a street in Brooklyn. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the incident occurred in East New York when the girl was in a crosswalk on Wortman Avenue. The bus, which was […]

Continue Reading.......

Worker Killed in Wall Collapse at Queens Construction Site

Leave a reply

A man was killed in a construction accident and another was seriously injured after a wall collapsed at a worksite. According to a report in the Queens Eagle, emergency personnel rushed to 147-05 94th Avenue located across the street from the Long Island Rail Road. One worker was pronounced dead at the scene and another […]

Continue Reading.......

New York City to Add More Protected Bike Lanes Starting This Year

Leave a reply

Bicyclists may be able to ride a little more safely through Midtown Manhattan when the city extends Sixth Avenue’s protected bike lane from Herald Square to Central Park. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the route is part of 10 miles of protected bike lanes that will be added around Manhattan […]

Continue Reading.......

Brooklyn Car Accident Involving Several Vehicles Injures Five People

Leave a reply

Five cars collided in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn leaving five people injured. According to a CBS New York news report, eyewitnesses to this car accident said at least a couple of the vehicles involved in this collision appeared to be speeding. Surveillance video from inside a business nearby shows the instant a vehicle […]

Continue Reading.......

Manhattan Street Closed After Facade Collapse

Leave a reply

A facade collapse in Manhattan left a pile of debris on a city sidewalk, which prompted a street closure. According to an NBC New York report, the incident took place on West 20th Street and 9th Avenue in Chelsea. The debris on the sidewalk appeared to have fallen from the decorative arch over the doorway […]

Continue Reading.......

NYC Drivers with Multiple Violations Risk Losing Their Vehicles

Leave a reply

The New York City Council has approved legislation creating the nation’s first traffic enforcement program that will seize the vehicles of drivers who don’t take a safety class after racking up violations. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the bill, known as the “dangerous vehicle abatement program,” would require drivers who get […]

Continue Reading.......

Worker Electrocuted in New Rochelle Construction Accident

Leave a reply

A man was killed in a construction accident in New Rochelle when the cherry picker in which he was working accidentally hit electrical wires. According to a report on Patch.com, police said the incident occurred at 164 Union Avenue. An investigation found that the victim was working on the exterior of the building when he […]

Continue Reading.......

Call 1-800-967-5496 for a Free Personal Injury Consultation.

*Disclaimer:Some of the verdicts for the cases mentioned on this website were increased or decreased on appeal. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING