Lead poisoning can easily go undetected and can lead to injuries that might affect victims for the rest of their lives. It can accumulate in the body by ingestion or absorption through skin. Even small amounts of lead can affect growth and cognitive development in children that can cause learning disabilities and damage to organs. Lead poisoning can also impact physical strength, cognitive abilities, mood, energy levels, and digestion.
At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, our attorneys collaborate with medical experts, toxicologists, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate lead poisoning in buildings throughout New York City. We work to determine if landlords, employers, or property management companies have been negligent in maintaining buildings or addressing safety issues such as exposed lead pipes, high lead content in drinking water, peeling paint, and chipped paint. Many older homes and buildings were painted with lead-based paint, and many building owners have neglected to update or renovate these buildings to comply with current building codes.
Noticing Lead Poisoning Symptoms
Children, people who live in older buildings, construction workers, carpenters, plumbers, and painters are at the greatest risk of lead poisoning. If your loved one shows symptoms of lead poisoning, seek medical attention immediately. Each lead poisoning case is unique, but the following symptoms may indicate lead poisoning:
- Abnormal weight loss
- Cognitive impairment, learning difficulties, memory loss
- Reduced attention span
- Stomach pain
- Joint or muscle pain
- Constant headaches
- Trouble sleeping
Lead poisoning can cause serious long-term injuries that may not be immediately evident. It is important to obtain an independent medical examination (IME) from a doctor who is experienced in diagnosing and treating lead poisoning. We can help you find the medical attention you need and build a case to strongly advocate for compensation that you deserve for damages.
If you have questions about or you suspect lead poisoning, contact the proactive and responsive lawyers at Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates as soon as possible by calling (718) 522-0009. Our Brooklyn lead poisoning attorneys represent clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City as well as clients in Nassau, Kings, and Richmond counties, and the surrounding areas of New York and New Jersey.