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If your child has been diagnosed with lead poisoning, he or she likely has developed the condition due to environmental contaminants such as lead paint in apartments or lead-based ingredients in toys or furniture.
Progressive nature of lead poisoning
Lead poisoning occurs when lead levels build up in your body over a period of time (months or even years). Usually, lead poisoning is not detected until lead levels are dangerously high. Low-level lead exposure (10 micrograms in a deciliter (half-cup) of blood) can cause permanent damage in children. This low-level exposure is enough to affect a child’s brain development, which can cause lasting damage. Lead levels of 25 micrograms in a deciliter of blood can cause kidney and nervous system damage.
At very high levels, lead exposure can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and even death.
Common symptoms of lead poisoning
The following complications are associated with lead poisoning in children:
- Learning disabilities
- Speech problems
- Brain damage
- Language, speech, and behavior problems
- Decreased muscle/bone growth
- Poor muscle coordination
- Kidney damage
- Nervous system damage
Recognizing the dangers of lead poisoning in children, many states have passed laws that require landlords and product manufacturers to remove lead-based products from their apartments and products.
Lead Poisoning Lawsuits
The law affords parents with the right to pursue a legal claim on behalf of a child who has suffered and lead poisoning due to an poorly maintained premised or a negligently designed / manufactured product. In order for the claims be be pursued, the lawsuit must be filed within the prescribed statute of limitations. An attorney who regularly works on lead poisoning lawsuits should be consulted in order to assure the statute is complied with as the failure to comply with the statute will be a complete bar to recovery and the child may never recovery monetary damages for his or her injuries.
Lead poisoning lawyers looking out for your child
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will evaluate all aspects of a child’s lead poisoning and will prosecute all responsible parties to the fullest extent of the law to ensure that injured children recover damages for all of their injuries. Our legal team of Chicago lead poisoning attorneys understands he significance of these cases and knows that many of these children require both immediate as well as long-term care to help with their deficits related to ingestion of lead. We offer free consultations and will not charge a fee unless there is a recovery for your child.