Lead Paint Poisoning
Lead paint saw widespread use in both commercial and residential buildings prior to 1978. In that year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned lead paint because it was discovered that individuals could contract lead poisoning from the paint itself. Even though it has not been used since 1978, there are still many structures in use that were built before the banning and which may still contain the toxic substance. Lead poisoning can cause individuals significant physical and neurological harm, and will most frequently occur from breathing in lead paint dust or handling lead paint chips. Property owners are responsible for providing safe environments for occupants and visitors, and may have some liability if someone contracts lead paint poisoning on their property.
Hazards of Lead Poisoning
While lead is extremely toxic and harmful to all people, it is especially dangerous for children because they are still developing physically and neurologically. Lead paint can cause some of the following injuries:
Brain damage and developmental disabilities in children
Lead paint poisoning can cause injuries, such as those above, that have a lasting and adverse effect on the health of a child or adult and may require regular, expensive medical treatments. Fortunately, victims who contracted lead paint poisoning due to a property owners negligence may have legal recourse to pursue financial compensation from that owner to alleviate the burdens of their injuries, medical bills, and other losses.
If you are suffering from lead paint poisoning because of a property owners carelessness, you may want to consider holding them liable for your injuries. It may be in your best interest to contact a Waukesha personal injury attorney who can advise you on your legal options for filing a premises liability lawsuit against the negligent owner.