October 20-26 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Lead Can Be Found Inside and Outside the Home
About 3.6 million American households have children under 6
years of age who live in homes with lead exposure hazards.
Lead poisoning occurs when lead enters the bloodstream and builds up to toxic levels. Many different factors such as the source of exposure, length of exposure, and underlying susceptibility (e.g., child’s age, nutritional status and genetics) affect how the body handles foreign substances. It’s important to know that NO safe blood lead level in children has been identified.
The most common source of exposure is from lead-based paint, which was used in many homes built before 1978. There are simple steps that can be taken to protect family members from lead-based paint hazards in the home, such as regularly cleaning the home, washing children’s hands and toys often, and wiping shoes before entering the home. If you live in a house built before 1978, a certified inspector or risk assessor can be hired to check your home for lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards.
The Lead Poisoning and Toxic Exposure practice of O’Connell and Aronowitz is the largest lead injury litigation group in upstate New York. Our attorneys have handled more than 1,000 cases of childhood and adult lead poisoning. Our experienced attorneys, often consulted by lead poisoning prevention advocates, can help you learn if you’re entitled to compensation for your lead poisoning injuries. Call our office today at (518) 462-5601 for a free evaluation of your case.
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