What is Lead Poisoning?
Lead poisoning occurs when the body is exposed to high concentrations of lead for a prolonged period of time. The body can naturally deal with small amounts of lead in the body but not excessive levels that are toxic. Most often it occurs through old paint and water carried through lead pipes. Paint containing lead is in almost 75% of all homes built before 1980.
What are the Typical Symptoms?
There is a wide range of symptoms associated with lead poisoning which often leads to a preliminary misdiagnosis because it mimics the symptoms of other disease. Symptoms include:
- High blood pressure
- Learning disabilities
- Kidney, nervous system, and brain damage
What Kind of Damages Can I Recover for Lead Poisoning?
The degree of compensation depends on the extent of injury and the knowledge of the person responsible for it. Typically, compensatory damages such as medical bills and associated costs such as rehabilitation from learning disabilities are awarded.
What Can I Do to Prevent further Lead Poisoning?
Most experts suggest that beyond making sure that the paint and pipes in your home are lead free, a balanced diet helps prevent the absorption of lead into the body. If you believe you are suffering from lead poisoning, you should consult your physician immediately.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Recover Damages for Lead Poisoning?
A lead poisoning lawsuit is often difficult to prove since exposure to lead often occurs over many years. A personal injury lawyer can help organize and collect any needed medical or building records and can help you navigate through dense and technical building codes that pertain to lead. An experienced personal injury lawyer can also represent you in court.