Paint is the most common source of lead poisoning in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anyone living in homes that were built before 1978 could suffer from lead poisoning paint chips or dust from lead paint is ingested.
Paint is not the only source of lead poisoning. Other common household objects may contain lead which can pose serious risks to families, and especially those with children. Some of the most common causes of lead poisoning include:
- Drinking water
- Imported foods
- Some Consumer Products
Children under seven-years-old face a higher risk of developing learning disabilities after suffering from lead poisoning. Even low levels of lead can disrupt a child’s mental development.
High-levels of lead have been linked with the following conditions in children:
- Behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity)
- Slowed growth
- Damage to the brain and nervous system
- Hearing problems
Adults are also at risk for lead poisoning. Some conditions affecting adults include:
- Memory and concentration problems
- Muscle and joint pain
- Difficulties during pregnancy
- Nerve disorders
- Reproductive problems (in both men and women)
- High blood pressure
- Digestive problems
The Federal Government has banned the use of lead-based paint in homes, but many homes may still contain layers of this dangerous paint if the home was built before 1978.
Because children exposed to lead paint can suffer severe injuries, including brain damage, these children and their families may be entitled to compensation.
If your child or family member has suffered lead poisoning, call The Barnes Firm now or contact us any time to speak with an experienced lead poisoning attorney.
The Barnes Firm 1-(800) 800-0000
For in-depth information on lead paint poisoning and other lead-based products, visit any of the following links:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Childhood Lead Poisoning
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lead in Toy Jewelry Q&A
- National Lead Information Center
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lead in Paint, Dust & Soil
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control
- American Academy of Pediatrics (search for the key words “lead paint”)