Lead Poisoning Lawyer Serving North Carolina
Causes of Lead Poisoning
Not much was known about the effects of lead on humans until it began to be noticed that it could be harmful, and even fatal to people. Children were apparently at a higher risk of lead poisoning due to a higher absorption rate than adults. Lead was previously widely used in many products; chief among them was paint. But then it was also found in batteries, plumbing pipes, ammunition and even toys. It was so widely used in the past that it is still found in dangerous levels in the air, water and food. Exposure to lead comes from several sources, primarily the paint used in housing, leaded gasoline, and lead-contaminated drinking water. Of these sources, lead paint and lead paint dust are the most common. Lead paint dust is more dangerous than lead paint chips because smaller particles of lead are more easily absorbed.
Exposure to lead can occur through eating contaminated food or water, inhaling lead dust, or working around products containing lead on a regular basis. Most commonly found in paint used in housing and in leaded gasoline, the smaller the particles of lead, the more easily absorbed. The construction industry is very susceptible to it, being around demolition of old buildings where lead paint was used. A toxic amount of this substance in the body can lead to serious health effects.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to lead and feel you may have been sickened or been injured by it, contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney at Lanier Law Group, P.A. A case of lead poisoning requires an in-depth review of your medical history, work history or your living environment. Our legal team has the resources and skill you will need to mount a claim against any negligent party that may have caused your illness.
Injuries Caused by Lead Poisoning
Whether you are a child or adult, you can be exposed to lead and with enough exposure, suffer lead poisoning. Many severe side effects result from lead poisoning, which can include the following:
- Muscle pain
- Loss of appetite
- Hearing impairment
- Brain damage
- Kidney damage
- Damage to the reproductive system
- Increased blood pressure
Children age seven and younger are in a special risk group due to developmental difficulties associated with lead exposure. Even low levels of lead can block an infant's mental development. Lead exposure is linked with reduced intelligence, learning disabilities, low graduation rates, and even criminal behavior.
If you or your loved one has suffered due to exposure to lead, a lawyer at our firm will pursue compensation on your behalf from those responsible. If you are searching for a skilled lawyer to help you file a claim, you've come to the right law firm. Our firm is committed to providing our clients with high quality legal service, personal attention, and representation. We always conduct ourselves with our clients' best interest in mind, and work hard on every case to help our clients recover the compensation to which they may be entitled for their injuries.
If you think you have been exposed to lead poisoning, contact a North Carolina lead poisoning attorney to discuss your situation and determine how we can help you.