Bronx Lead Poisoning Lawyer
According to many public health experts, lead poisoning is among the greatest toxic environmental threats in the U.S. today. Lead is a heavy metal once commonly used in manufacturing of batteries, pottery, solder, and gasoline, and paint.
While children under six are especially vulnerable, lead poisoning can affect adults, and is especially dangerous to pregnant women and their fetuses.
Whether the exposure took place in a residence, in the workplace, or in some other environment, if it can be shown that the victim was exposed to the toxic substance because someone else—a landlord, an employer or a manufacturer—who owed the victim a duty of care was negligent in fulfilling that duty, then it is often possible for the person affected to recover money to help compensate for their damages. Bronx lead poisoning lawyer Dino Domina has been successful in bringing in many substantial settlements in cases of children and adults who have suffered from lead poisoning in his 20 years at Domino Law.
Lead Poisoning in the Workplace
Lead exposure may also occur in the workplace. Lead poisoning is the leading cause of occupational illness in the country, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA). Construction work and bridge maintenance are occupations that come with a high risk and probability of being involved in construction accidents or being infected by lead poisoning. Adults whose work involves batteries, auto repair shop, and home remodeling may also suffer lead exposure, and may bring lead particles home on their clothing, exposing their families as well.
Lead Poisoning in Children from Residential Rental Properties
Lead-based paints were banned in the 1970’s, but these older paints are often exposed, turned to dust, and released into the surrounding environment by being sanded or chipped during renovation and remodeling. Young children explore the world with their mouths, and they often suck on or even swallow paint chips containing lead when they live in older buildings where paint is peeling or has been exposed in the course of renovations. As lead poisoning attorneys in the Bronx, we care about our children’s future immensely.
In a young child, even a small exposure to lead can cause devastating results.
Other Sources of Lead Poisoning
In addition to residential or workplace exposure, there are other ways to be exposed to toxic lead:
- Contaminated soil or water
- Older painted toys and furniture manufactured before 1976
- Painted toys, furniture, and decorations made outside the U.S.
- Metal toys, for example toy soldiers, made with lead
- Imported jewelry
- Hobbies that use soldering or glazing: stained glass, jewelry making, pottery
- Imported art supplies
Health Consequences of Lead Poisoning
Lead poisoning can be acute, caused by a large exposure over a short period of time, or it can occur gradually, which is more common. In the early stages, there may be few or no symptoms. As leading Bronx lead poisoning lawyers with detailed experience dealing with such cases, we think its important you know the early signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children. They are:
- Developmental delays
- Learning disabilities
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Excessive fatigue
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of hearing
- Kidney disease
- Brain Damage
Signs and symptoms in adults may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Joint and muscle pain
- Decline in cognitive functioning
- Nerve damage
- Kidney failure
- Numbness, tingling or pain in toes and fingers
- Memory loss
- Mood disorders; depression and anxiety
- Reduced sperm count or sperm motility, or other sperm abnormalities
- Miscarriage or premature birth in women exposed during pregnancy
- Behavior changes
- Attention and focus problems
- Executive function problems
- Brain damage
If you suspect that you or your child has been exposed to lead, ask your doctor to test for lead levels. It is covered by most insurance plans and Medicaid. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 5 micrograms per deciliter is the level at which you need to be concerned that your child is showing elevated lead in the blood. In adults, anything over 10 could be a cause for concern.
Get Help Now With an Experienced Bronx lead Poisoning Lawyer
If testing reveals a problem, contact the law office of Bronx lead poisoning attorney Dino Domina to arrange for a free consultation. Get the help your child or you need now, and hold the party responsible for the poisoning accountable for the harm caused by their negligence. Domina Law is an experienced Bronx lead poisoning law firm, with a results-oriented and client-centered, dedicated exclusively to recovering compensation for the injured. Don’t wait. Protect your legal right to a recovery and contact us at Domina Law at 718.962.0600 today.