Who can be held responsible for my child’s elevated blood-lead levels?
Laws regarding lead contamination vary greatly 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 pertaining to the risk of lead exposure and how to locate potential problems. When repairs are required, 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.