Lead Paint Poisoning – Child Injury Attorney
If you or someone you know has been involved in a lead poisoning case in Connecticut, our child injury attorneys can assist you with your claim. Our attorneys have decades of experiences and are ready to work for you. We do no ask for money up front. We advance all fess for your case and hire experts to reinforce your case. At the conclusion of the case, our firm will be reimbursed with the recovery that is received. If no recovery is awarded, you do not owe us anything and we pay for all fees no questions asked. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. You only pay us if you collect a settlement.
1. What is Lead Paint Poisoning?
Annually, children in the United States ingest and test positive for lead paint poisoning. Even though there have been regulatory prevention measured implemented, lead poisoning still is a chronic health concern primarily for children. The Center for Disease Control has estimated there are currently 310,000 children who have elevated levels of lead. According to the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Agency, there is approximately one in six children living with high levels of lead in their blood.
Lead paint poisoning which can be chronic is accumulated over a long period of time. When a child is exposed to lead paint even at a minimal degree, it may reach the level of a toxic concentration, which is the most common form. Acute lead poisoning rarely occurs due to the large amount of lead that the child took in over a short period of time.
The majority of cases involve children who are kindergarten age and younger have been tested with a venous blood level over 25 microns per deciliter or higher. Lead paint poisoning cases are generally brought against the owner of the house or apartment where the lead was present.
Lead paint becomes brittle over the years and deteriorates. The disintegration creates lead dust commonly found around doorframes and windowsills and when friction is created by opening or closing, the particles are given off. The dust will settle on items that a child comes in contact with frequently such as their toys or floors and transferred from their hands into their mouths. A chip of paint the size of a thumbnail if ingested by a child can be life endangering.
2. If I Have a Lead Paint Poisoning Case, What Should I Do?
Contact our Connecticut child injury lawyers as soon as possible. It is vital not to do anything that may negatively affect your case. Our attorneys might advise you not to give any statements or sign any authorizations, so it is essential to speak with us. Potential notice requirements may have deadlines and if not met, could result in the dismissal of your lead paint poisoning case.
3. How is Liability Determined?
How a “reasonable person” is expected to act in the situation that caused the injury is the critical issue in a personal injury case. Whether or not a person failed to act like a “reasonable person” it is often left up to a jury to decide that matter through an argumentative trial and presented evidence. This is only one reason to contact us about and help further investigate and strengthen your lead paint poisoning case.
4. What Compensation Might I Receive If My Case is Successful?
When a person is found liable for the injury he or she must pay the injured party through their liability insurance company:
- Past and future medical care expenses
- Past and future income lost due to the accident
- Long term or permanent physical disability
- Long term or permanent disfigurement
- Loss of family, social, and educational experiences
- Emotional damages: stress, embarrassment or depression
- Strains on family relationships
- Punitive Damages (In Extraordinary Cases)
- Damaged Property
When the injured party is awarded “damages” or compensation, it is only money intended to restore you to the state before the injury. The money is not to be considered income excluding compensation for loss of income) and can not be taxed by the state of federal government.
5. What Are Some Complications From Lead Paint Poisoning?
Symptoms that children may exhibit while suffering from lead paint poisoning are:
- Learning disabilities
- Mental retardation
- Kidney malfunction
- Hearing Loss
Only by a blood test lead poisoning can be diagnosed. For children who are at risk for lead poisoning, it is recommended that blood tests be performed at six months of age. All other children should be testing between ages one and two. Since all children do not display symptoms of lead poisoning, blood tests are the most affective way.
6. How Do I Go About Getting Experts To Help Me With My Lead Poisoning Case?
Our child injury lawyers will be able to hire experts to help strength and develop your lead poisoning case. Experts may include a toxicology expert, hazardous materials expert or medical doctor.
7. Who Will Pay the Expenses of Hiring All Of These Experts?
In many cases, our injury attorneys advance all fees for the client until the conclusion of your lead paint poisoning case. After the case is finished, we would be reimbursed for our costs through the recovery. Varying between state laws, even if there is no recovery, the client is still obligated for the fees and expenses of the cases even though there are no legal fees. Likewise, if the client is not rewarded recovery, there are no legal fees or expenses to be paid; the law firm or attorney will cover any and all costs.
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