Chicago Lead Poisoning Attorney
Compensation for Illness Caused by Lead Poisoning
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that
more than four million families in the United States are exposed to lead
in their homes. Approximately 500,000 children under the age of five have five micrograms
of lead per deciliter in their blood stream – the threshold for
health concern, CDC reports. Lead is a pervasive toxin that has the potential
to damage every system in the human body. Excessive exposure to lead can
lead to serious illness, brain damage, and death.
At Duncan Law Group, Chicago personal injury attorney Bob Duncan believes
that victims of lead poisoning have the right to pursue compensation for
their suffering. If you or a loved one suffered illness from preventable
lead poisoning, you may be entitled to money through a
personal injury claim or lawsuit. Bob Duncan has the skill and resources to help lead
poisoning victims fight for the financial compensation that they deserve.
Lead Poisoning in Chicago, IL: A Serious Health Concern
Lead poisoning is a serious health concern in the U.S. According to the
Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 300,000 children were
tested for lead poisoning in across the state in 2010. Of these, 1.10%
reflected dangerous levels of lead in their bloodstreams. In Chicago,
more than 100,000 children were given the same test; 1.30% had potentially
dangerous levels of lead in their system.
While this percentage may seem small, it is less than the statewide average
and indicates that approximately 1,200 children in Chicago are living
with harmful lead exposure. According to the same survey, .80% of children
across the United States suffer from toxic levels of lead poising. While
.08% reflects thousands of at-risk children, it is a smaller percentage
than average lead poisoning level in Chicago alone.
Understanding Lead Exposure & Children
Lead is a very toxic substance to young children. According to the Illinois
Department of Public Health, children can be exposed to lead through six pathways:
- Endogenous Exposure
Experts guestimate that lead poisoning is usually caused by deteriorating
lead paint in homes. Although adults can experience lead poisoning as
well, children are highly susceptible to lead and may exhibit signs of
poisoning and suffer permanent damage sooner than adults. Lead ingestion
typically occurs when a child touches lead-based paint with his/her hands
and then transfers the paint to his/her mouth.
Unborn babies may suffer lead poisoning by absorbing it through the placenta
in the womb. But this doesn't mean that children are the only ones
who suffer; inhalation is a serious concern for adults and children alike.
This form of exposure usually occurs when an adult disturbs a wall or
building that contains lead, creating toxic dust. Lead inhalation is common
at construction sites and during home improvement projects. Although lead
is no longer allowed in construction projects, older buildings can still
contain lead-based paint and building materials.
Lead in Buildings and Houses
Although lead was disallowed from consumer paint in 1977, buildings that
were constructed before 1978 still contain this dangerous substance. According
to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, over 80% of
the homes build before 1978 contain lead. Today, families living in older
homes may be at risk of lead exposure, even if the original paint is covered.
Peeling, chalking, chipping, and decaying paint can leave children and
their families at risk of inhaling or ingesting lead. The Agency for Toxic
Substances states that, the older the house, the more likely it will contain
lead. Additionally, older homes are more likely to contain paint with
a higher concentration of lead. Today, lead is banned from construction projects.
Who is responsible for lead poisoning in Chicago?
Lead poisoning is preventable. Although no longer legal in newly constructed
homes, it remains a serious health threat to children and adults throughout
the greater Chicago area. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
indicates that many statutes exist to protect families from lead poisoning.
For example, Title X requires landlords to notify tenants of known lead-based
paint in homes. Landlords must disclosure information about known lead
exposure in a building when the lease or sell a building, Title X indicates.
Without warning, families and individuals could face lead exposure without
knowing that their home is dangerous. If you believe that your home contains
lead, your landlord may be liable for any illness or suffering caused
by the exposure. However, landlords are only responsible for known lead;
if the exposure was not foreseeable, you may not be able to file a successful
lead poisoning law suit.
Do you need a Chicago personal injury lawyer?
Attorney Bob Duncan is passionate about helping others. He believes that
individuals and families in Chicago should be protected from dangerous
lead exposure. With tens of thousands of dollars in successful case settlements
behind him, Bob Duncan has the skill to help you fight for your rights.
Duncan Law Group knows that nothing is more important than the safety
and wellbeing of your children. If you believe that your landlord failed
to warn you that you home contained lead, Duncan Law Group may be able
to help you recover full compensation for your medical expenses, missed
wages, doctor's visits, and other expenses. Lead poisoning can result
in serious – if not fatal – consequences. Don't risk your
future with an unqualified lawyer;
contact Duncan Law Group today for the legal guidance and representation that you need.