The dangers of even low levels of lead exposure have been known for decades. It is difficult to understand, then, why lead exposure cases continue to arise on a regular basis in regard to toys and other items designed for children. The effects of being exposed to lead as a child can have a significant impact on a person’s cognitive development, as well as causing damage to the kidneys, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, as well as potentially raising a person’s risk of developing certain types of cancer. These issues may follow victims well into adulthood, and can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. As a result, it is important for anyone who has been affected by lead exposure from paint or any other source to discuss their case with an experienced Clearwater product liability attorney as soon as possible.
Lead paint exposure can come from many sources
One of the most common sources of lead poisoning is from lead based paint. While it was banned in the United States in 1978, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 24 million homes in the country contain deteriorated lead paint and elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust. In addition, many toys in recent years have been recalled due to lead paint issues. For example, as recently as 2007 toy manufacturer Fisher-Price recalled nearly 1,000,000 toys due to a Chinese manufacturer using lead paint in the toys.
Parents should be vigilant about watching for signs of lead poisoning, and should have their children undergo a lead blood test on a regular basis. Some of the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning that parents should look out for include:
- Learning issues
- Unexplained weight loss
- Delays in development
- Hearing loss
After determining that child has been exposed to lead, you should contact an attorney to determine whether you can pursue a legal claim for your child’s injuries. It is important for victims to note that cases based on lead exposure are subject to a strict statute of limitations, so any delay could potentially jeopardize your or your child’s ability to recover.
Contact a Clearwater products liability attorney today to schedule a free consultation
Lead exposure caused by negligence can entitle victims to significant financial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (727) 451-6900 or email through our online contact form available here.