Lead Poisoning Lawyers in Chicago
Helping Families Throughout the U.S. Fight Against Toxic Exposure
In cities throughout the United States, children are suffering from unsafe levels of lead in their bodies. While lead is a toxic metal for both children and adults, it accumulates faster in children and may interrupt brain growth. Without treatment and diagnosis, lead poisoning in children can cause development issues that lasts the rest of their lives since lead poisoning is considered irreversible.
Health problems and issues caused by lead poisoning include:
- Learning delays
- Behavioral disorders
- Stunted growth
Despite laws and decades-long public health efforts, lead poisoning is still one of the most common health problems among American children. Our nationwide lead poisoning attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have been working with lead poisoning victims and their families for many years. When a client has been subjected to lead exposure, we take the fight to the negligent companies and landlords who should be held liable for their injuries and suffering.
Want a fighter in your corner? Call our Chicago personal injury attorneys at (888) 444-9136 or email us today.
Lead poisoning is a serious hazard to everyone who comes in contact or is exposed to lead. Even one incident of exposure may be enough to trigger developmental issues. However, some people are particularly at-risk of lead poisoning dangers.
Three types of people who are highly at-risk of lead poisoning are:
Industrial workers: People who work in industrial or construction-based industries may be exposed
to lead on a daily basis and must be given full protection to prevent
poisoning. The following industries are considered extremely dangerous
in regards to lead hazards:
- Automotive repair
- Battery plant
- Gasoline refinery
- Home renovation
- Lead smelter
- Pregnant women: Once lead enters the body, it is mistaken by the body as a natural, welcome mineral and becomes distributed throughout the body. In pregnant women, the lead will therefore cause damage to the fetus and could eventually result in a miscarriage. Mothers and fetuses need calcium to help bones grow and stay strong, and to help muscles, nerves, and blood vessels function. Once ingested, most lead ends up in the bones, where it blocks the absorption of much-needed calcium.
Children: Even a slight elevation in lead levels for children can reduce IQ and stunt
growth. Dozens of reports have proven that lead poisoning remains common
in thousands of communities throughout the country. From Indiana to Texas,
families are exposed through things like crumbling paint, old plumbing
systems, and contaminated soil.
Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include but are not limited to:
- Abdominal or head pain
- Behavioral problems
- Brain damage
- Decreased bone and muscle growth
- Developmental delay
- Hearing loss
- Kidney damage
- Learning disabilities
- Poor muscle coordination
- Seizures and unconsciousness
- Sluggishness and fatigue
- Vomiting or nausea
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
Where Dangerous Lead Can Be Found
Homes built before 1978 likely contain lead, either in the paint, plumbing, dust, or soil. Despite the dangers of lead poisoning having been known for decades, millions of modern, recently-constructed homes still contain lead products. Lead is also present in batteries, toys (particularly old toys and toys made in China), old furniture, some cosmetics, bullets, and costume jewelry. Lead has also been linked to traditional Hispanic medicines like greta and azarcon, as well as candy flavored with tamarind.
Signs That You or Your Child May Have Lead Poisoning
A simple blood test is the only way to detect lead poisoning. Any child suspected of lead exposure should have their blood tested immediately, along with their siblings. Symptoms of exposure can be mild or unnoticeable, so kids at high risk should be tested regularly. Your doctor can perform the tests.
Treatment for lead poisoning varies depending on how much lead is in the body. In most circumstances, though, the first thing to do is identify and remove the source of contamination. For people with high levels of lead in their blood, doctors might recommend hospitalization or some form of chelation therapy. Prevention is the only certain way to avoid the worst consequences of lead poisoning.
To protect your family from lead exposure, the following guidelines can help:
- Clean floors and dusty surfaces with wet mops and cloths.
- Eat a healthy diet complete with calcium, iron, and vitamin C.
- If you have lead in your home, consult a professional about its removal or containment. Do not try to do it yourself.
- Remove your shoes before entering the house to keep out contaminated soil.
- Wash toys regularly.
- Wash your and your children’s hands after outdoor play, before eating, and at bedtime.
We Can Help You Seek Compensation & Justice
Lead poisoning is 100% preventable as long as industrial companies and landlords take the appropriate steps to protect workers and tenants from the hazardous mineral. Our lead poisoning lawsuit attorneys help victims of lead poisoning get justice for the needless and irreversible harm done to them. If you have any questions about lead poisoning cases or our toxic exposure practice, call us at (888) 444-9136 today for a free consultation. We do not charge you anything unless we win you a settlement or verdict. Our team is headquartered in Chicago but we routinely represent clients nationwide.