Lead Poisoning in New York
A Common Source of Personal Injury Claims
Lead poisoning is a serious health problem that has plagued New York City
residents for many years. With the number of older buildings currently
inhabited throughout the area, it’s not a surprise that lead poisoning
continues to occur. Lead-based paint and lead in water or dust are still
found in many of the older buildings currently being occupied today.
Even though the New York State government has banned the use of lead-based
products, many landlords and property owners have failed to renovate old
buildings or remove this toxic substance from their properties. This has
led to numerous instances of lead poisoning throughout New York.
If you or someone in your family has been exposed to poisonous lead, you
may be entitled to damages. An experienced New York lead poisoning attorney
can evaluate your case and help you take appropriate legal action when you
contact Loscalzo & Loscalzo, P.C. today.
What Is Lead Poisoning?
The New York Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention define lead poisoning as 10mg/dl (micrograms per deciliter)
of lead in the bloodstream. The people most susceptible and vulnerable
to lead poisoning are children, especially children six years old or younger.
Although lead poisoning can be difficult to detect, a child with lead poisoning
may exhibit some warning signs, such as:
- Loss of appetite
- Abnormal or rapid weight loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Constant fatigue
- Reduced attention span
- Difficulty focusing
- Irritability and mood swings
As soon as a child has been exposed to lead-based products, he or she is
already in a precarious position. Exposure to even the tiniest amount
of lead can be detrimental, as it can lead to an array of health problems.
Common health problems associated with lead poisoning include:
- Decreased intelligence
- Neurological or brain damage
- Short-term memory loss
- Impaired mental development
- Impaired cognitive skills
- Learning disability
- Mental or growth retardation
- Reduced attention span
- Behavioral problems
- Kidney failure
Adults are also vulnerable especially those living in older buildings,
or painters, carpenters, plumbers, or construction workers who come into
contact with lead-based products on a daily basis. Common side effects
include nerve, organ, or digestive system damage, constant headaches and
lethargy, reproductive problems, concentration, retention, and memory
problems, or problems with your joints or muscles.
At Loscalzo & Loscalzo, P.C., We Can Help
If you or someone in your family has been exposed to toxic or poisonous
lead-based products, it’s important to take legal action. An experienced
New York personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim against the
If you require the legal services of a dependable, dedicated, and seasoned
New York injury attorney, do not hesitate to
contact us to schedule a
free consultation at (646) 846-4776.