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The Problem With Lead Poisoning

The Problem With Lead Poisoning

With the Flint Crisis still going on as strong as ever, it has become more important than ever to understand the dangers of lead poisoning.

What is Lead?

Lead is a highly toxic metal used that has been used for many years within products found in and around the home. While there are several sources of lead, one of the most common concerns is tends to be in lead-based paint found in many older homes. In 1978, the federal government had banned the use of lead-based paint in residential housing and a few states stopped its use even earlier. However, lead-based paint may still be present in many older homes and office buildings. Still this is not the only source of lead either. In Flint, lead had been directly leeched out of the pipes thanks to the corrosive water of the Flint River.

The Dangers of Lead

Lead is an absolutely dangerous substance, especially for young children. Lead can enter the body through various ways including when someone puts his or her hands or other objects covered with lead dust in their mouths, eating paint chips or soil containing lead, or breathes in lead dust, especially during property renovation projects that disturb painted surfaces. In relation to the Flint Water Crisis, the very water Flint citizens had been using to drink, bathe, and wash their dishes and clothes was filled with lead.

Babies and young children are more susceptible to lead poisoning because their growing bodies absorb more lead, and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.

If not detected early on, children with high levels of lead can suffer from:

  • damage to the brain and nervous system
  • behavior and learning problems
  • slowed growth
  • hearing problems
  • headaches

Adults too can be poisoned leading them to suffer from:

  • difficulties during pregnancy
  • other reproductive problems
  • high blood pressure
  • digestive problems
  • nerve disorders
  • memory and concentration problems
  • muscle and joint pain

That aside, lead poisoning cannot be cured or fixed. Once someone has suffered from lead poisoning, they will often suffer with it for the rest of their lives.

Where Can Lead Typically Be Found?

In general, the older your home, the more likely lead-based paint will be found there. Other places and activities where lead can be found include soil, drinking water, on the job, and in certain hobbies.

Protecting Your Family and Home from the Dangers of Lead

If you suspect that there is lead in your home, your water or that your family has been exposed to lead, there are some steps you can take to ensure their protection:

  • Have your children’s lead levels measured through a simple blood test.
  • Contact a qualified professional to assess the lead content of the paint or water in your home and/or to assess the risks of serious lead exposure.

If you or a loved one have experienced any dangerous symptoms or unusual medical conditions that might be related to lead exposure, you should first seek immediate medical attention. In the event that you have used products containing lead, or if you are concerned that you and your family have been exposed to lead around the home, you may wish to meet with an experienced attorney to discuss your options and to protect your right to a legal remedy for any injuries caused by lead exposure.

If you happen to live in southwest Florida and believe you or your child is suffering from lead poisoning as a result of someone’s actions or neglect, consider contacting the offices of , Goldman, Babboni and Walsh for a free case review!

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

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