The number of children faced with lead poisoning has decreased since 1995 due to strict laws protecting residents in New York City from the dangers posed by lead paint and other sources. Among children in New York City, lead poisoning decreased by 82 percent in a ten-year span.
Under New York State Local Law 1:
- Landlords are required to inform tenants of any lead hazards;
- Any apartment occupied by children under 6 years old must be inspected;
- All identified lead must be removed in accordance with specific guidelines set forth by the law;
Even though New York City has lead paint laws, each year, adults and children continue to experience lead poisoning. Recently, in New York City, 3,500 children had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Lead poisoning often leads to serious injuries, which is why parents or guardians must be aware in order to protect themselves and their children.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lead is present in many neighborhoods across the United States. The effects of lead poisoning are usually undetected. According to a report, in the 90’s, many people died from lead poisoning until a connection was made between their illnesses and lead. Oftentimes, the symptoms of lead exposure are undetectable. However, symptoms may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Memory loss
- Kidney failure
- Pain and tingling throughout the body
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Cognitive disabilities
- Behavioral problems
The best way to detect lead poisoning is through a blood test that will detect the presence or elevated levels of lead in a person’s bloodstream. If you are concerned, speak with a licensed physician to arrange a blood test.
If you, your child, or loved one has suffered lead poisoning as a result of a landlord's negligence, contact an experienced New York injury attorney who can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC are experienced in handling various personal injury matters, including lead poisoning cases. For more information or to schedule a consultation at our Brooklyn personal injury law office, call (718) 238-2400.