Laws regarding lead contamination vary significantly on the federal, state and city levels. Fortunately, the City of Chicago has enacted laws that are more favorable toward tenants and grant everyone the right to a safe living environment. While your landlord is not required to inspect your home for contaminants, the law requires property owners to give tenants information about the risk of lead exposure and how to locate potential problems. When repairs are necessary, tenants have the right to notify the property owner in writing about the issue and receive a resolution.
In the event the property owner does not take reasonable steps to provide a safe environment to tenants, the victims may bring a lawsuit against the owner for damages. Compensation sought can include the value of past and future medical bills, out of pocket expenses, loss of opportunity, emotional distress and pain, and suffering.
For additional information see the following pages:
- How can I tell if my child is at risk for lead poisoning?
- How can I tell if my child is impacted by lead poisoning?
- How can I protect my family from lead exposure?
- Can I bring a lawsuit to recover compensation for my child who has lead poisoning?
- What are the chances of winning a lead contamination lawsuit?
- How long does it take to get compensation for a lead poisoning case?
- Is there a cost to pursue a lead poisoning case for my child?