In May 2012, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lowered the threshold for lead poisoning in young children. Under the new CDC standard lead poisoning will be defined as 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. The old standard was 10 micrograms. This is the first time this standard has been lowered in 20 years. As a result, the number of lead poisoning cases in children is expected to skyrocket.
Old Lead Paint is Most Common Source of Lead Exposure
Children are most commonly exposed to lead through chips and particles of old lead paint. While it is common for children to be exposed to lead from swallowing lead paint chips, exposure frequently occurs when children ingest house dust or soil contaminated by lead paint. Over time lead paint chips become tiny particles that get into the dust and soil in and around homes.
In New York City, children who live in older apartment buildings are often exposed to lead paint. While lead paint has been banned for many years it is still frequently found in older buildings. If you currently reside or have previously resided in an older apartment building and your child has suffered from lead poisoning you may have valuable legal rights.
Why Children are At Risk
Young children are more greatly affected by lead paint because their bodies and brains are still developing. Lead poisoning in children can lead to brain damage, neuropsychological injuries, organ failure, behavioural issues and even death. Health advocates have lobbied for years to have this standard lowered, and now that the CDC has finally done so it is imperative to hold property owners responsible. Under this new standard it is estimated that 450,000 children could be suffering from lead poisoning right now.
Legal Help Available for Families affected by Lead Poisoning
If your child or children have been exposed to lead paint you may have valuable legal rights. Contact Law Offices of Jason Mark today, by filling out the form on this page or by calling 1-866-50-RIGHTS (1-866-507-4448), for free case evaluation.