Lead Paint Poisoning Exposure from Toys

Toys Containing Lead Paint

Handling Injury Cases Resulting from Exposure to Toxic Substances Since 1981

Lead poisoning most commonly occurs to and is most harmful to very young children. At The Orlow Firm, we believe that attorneys who help victims of lead poisoning should also work diligently to alleviate and prevent lead poisoning in their communities.

The Orlow Firm has helped clients who have experienced lead poisoning obtain the financial compensation they deserve. They have also worked to help clients and the public understand the threat that exposure to lead can bring, and to help people understand their legal rights.

One potential source of lead poisoning for children had been alleviated but has recently reappeared as a real threat: toys that have been painted with lead paint. Many of these toys come from China and have caused serious injuries and even deaths, especially when children swallow jewelry, trinkets and charms that are sometimes made almost entirely of lead.

A recently published list of lead toys currently threatening children includes not just metal and painted toys but a broad and unexpected range of items not often associated with lead risks. They include:

  • Children’s musical instruments
  • Jewelry
  • Gardening sets
  • Wooden railroad set toys
  • Bamboo toys
  • Toy easels
  • Action figures

Clearly, almost any toy has the potential to carry danger into your home. If you have questions or concerns regarding lead poisoning, lead injuries and symptoms and other lead-related questions, contact our firm.

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The Orlow Firm offers free initial consultations and operates four offices across New York City for your convenience. We can go to you if you cannot come to us.

To contact a New York lead paint exposure lawyer, call (646) 647-3398.

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Injuries Caused By Lead Poisoning

Lead Poisoning Injuries

Handling Injury Cases Resulting from Exposure to Toxic Substances Since 1981

Lead poisoning is a systemic affliction and can bring on numerous injuries. Milder exposure can bring on broad range of symptoms to victims which can include loss of appetite, constipation, nausea, discoloration of the skin, fatigue, weakness, loss of weight, headaches, trouble sleeping, tremors, numbness, dizziness, hyperactivity and anxiety.

Acute and chronic exposure can bring much more severe symptoms and bodily damage, especially to younger victims. In long-term-exposure and ingestion cases, adults and children can suffer:

  • Damage to the brain, kidney, cardiovascular and nervous systems
  • Developmental issues (in children) and cognitive deficits
  • Hearing loss
  • Anemia
  • Neurological damage
  • Rupture of red blood cells
  • Damage to the reproductive system

Clearly, injuries caused by lead poisoning are numerous and severe. If you suspect you or your child has experienced lead poisoning due to occupational exposure, exposure to paint or exposure to toys painted or made with lead, you likely need medical and legal help.

The personal injury attorneys of The Orlow Firm can help you identify lead poisoning medical experts and provide the knowledgeable, skilled representation you need in legal proceedings against any responsible parties, including:

  • Employers
  • Retailers and manufacturers
  • Landlords

Our four-member lawyer team, together with our dedicated paralegals, investigators and experts have helped dozens of lead poisoning victims in our combined six decades of personal injury legal experience, and we are highly experienced in investigating the circumstances surrounding lead poisoning, litigating against negligent parties and obtaining financial compensation.

How to Contact Us

For more information and to arrange a no-charge consultation, contact The Orlow Firm. We offer free initial consultations and operate four offices across New York City for your convenience. We can go to you if you cannot come to us.

To contact a lawyer, call (646) 647-3398.

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Treatment for Lead Paint Poisoning

Lead Poisoning Treatment

Injuries resulting from acute and chronic lead poisoning can be severe and even horrific. In extreme cases, the result can be wrongful death. The seriousness of the injuries generally increases with exposure levels.

Treatment also varies with exposure levels, and can include:

  • The consumption of iron, calcium, and zinc, all of which can become deficient due to lead poisoning
  • Bowel irrigation to remove lead
  • The administration of anti-convulsants when seizures are present
  • Medication to treat swelling of the brain
  • Chelation therapy for people with high blood lead concentrations. Chelation therapy involves the addition of metals into the body that bond with lead, creating harmless metals that can be passed through the body via urine

Only a physician can prescribe and administer the proper treatment for lead exposure and poisoning. If you have questions regarding lead paint diagnosis and lead paint poisoning, it is a good idea to:

  • Contact a doctor
  • Call 311 to access New York City municipal services
  • Contact an experienced lead paint poisoning attorney in New York City

Do you need help regarding lead paint poisoning? Do you have questions regarding the treatment of lead paint exposure? Contact The Orlow Firm at (646) 647-3398.

While rates of lead paint poisoning in New York City are decreasing, so is the funding that has likely lead to the reduction. When lead poisoning strikes, be sure and consult with an attorney with a long record of recovering compensation for clients following lead exposure.

Steve Orlow and the lawyers of The Orlow Firm have a combined 60 plus years of experience representing injured people in New York City. Our efforts have resulted in the recovery of significant sums for dozens of lead poisoning victims.

Contact the Orlow Firm

Contact The Orlow Firm for experienced personal injury representation. We offer free initial consultations and operate four offices across New York City for your convenience. We can go to you if you cannot come to us.

To contact a NYC lead paint lawyer, call (646) 647-3398.

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New York City Lead Paint Remediation

Legal Removal of Hazardous Lead

Handling Injury Cases Resulting from Exposure to Toxic Substances Since 1981

Similar to laws governing the handling and removal of asbestos, New York City laws pertaining to lead exposure require the safe removal of lead when lead threatens the safety of building inhabitants and in other circumstances. For instance, local laws, including Local Law #1, require the safe removal of lead from day care facilities.

Landlords and other property owners cannot simply tear down walls or paint over lead paint. New York law strictly governs lead paint remediation. For example:

  • Lead paint removal must be performed by a person who has successfully completed a course on lead-safe work practices given by or on behalf of approved agencies, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Lead-contaminated dust clearance testing must be performed at the completion of remediation work.

New York City law also governs decisions regarding when lead paint remediation is legally required and when it is not.

If you have questions regarding lead paint poisoning and your rights to remediation and legal financial compensation, contact the New York lead paint attorneys at The Orlow Firm.

Our representation in lead paint claims has two purposes. First, we want to make certain our clients obtain the compensation they need to make the best possible recovery. Secondly, we are focused on making dwellings and business spaces safe and lead free.

Contact the Orlow Firm

We offer free initial consultations and operate four offices across New York City for your convenience. We can go to you if you cannot come to us.

To contact a lawyer, call (646) 647-3398.

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What You Need to Know about Lead Paint & Lead Poisoning in New York

Lead poisoning is a surprisingly common occurrence in New York City. This is especially troubling because lead poisoning can cause serious health problems and even death. Since the 1970s, state and federal government has been trying to eliminate lead-paint exposure. Unfortunately, the process has been slow-going and people continue to be victimized by lead paint to this day.

What Is Lead And Lead Poisoning?

Lead is a metal that harms people when it gets in their bodies. According to the New York Department of Health, lead can be found in a variety of sources:

  • Dust
  • Air
  • Water
  • Soil
  • Household Products – toys and cosmetics

Lead poisoning results when lead builds up in the victim’s body, over years or months. According to the Mayo Clinic, lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust are the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. Dust and paint containing lead are usually found in buildings constructed before the 1970s.

Detecting Lead Paint And Lead Poisoning Testing

Lead paint can be detected by a simple kit carried by most hardware and paint stores. Of course, you should follow directions and exercise caution around paint that may be lead-based. Another option is to defer to the professionals and contact a company that detects lead paint.

Lead poisoning in humans and animals can be detected through a simple blood test that measures detectable lead levels in the blood stream. However, most people suffering from lead poisoning do not know the cause of their ailments and do not consider lead as the potential cause. Knowing the symptoms and warning signs of lead poisoning can save a person from needlessly suffering and sustaining permanent damage to their body.

The Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Diagnosis of lead-paint poisoning can be difficult because people often look and feel healthy, even with high levels of lead in their blood. It usually takes a long period of exposure and accumulation of lead before strong symptoms manifest. The Mayo Clinic lists the following as indicators of lead poisoning in children:

  • Irritability
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Paleness from anemia
  • Difficulty learning (children & newborns)
  • Slowed growth (newborns)

Different symptoms may manifest in adults with lead poisoning, they include:

  • Pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Muscle weakness, fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Memory loss
  • Mood disorders
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Miscarriage, premature birth

Treatment of Lead Poisoning

If someone is demonstrating symptoms of lead poisoning or have been exposed to lead, they should visit a doctor. Various treatments are available depending on the victim and the level of lead they have in their bloodstream. Some of the remedies include:

  • Ingestion of iron, calcium and zinc
  • Bowel irrigation
  • Anti-convulsants
  • Medication to reduce swelling of brain
  • Chelation therapy

After Diagnosis, Report Exposure and Seek Legal Representation

If you or your child has a blood-lead level of 10 mcg/dL or higher, the health care facility is required to report your case to the state. However, if you have any detrimental levels of lead in your blood, call 311 to report to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. If you believe the lead exposure came from a particular building, then a supervisor should be notified immediately.

Lastly, ensure you contact a reputable New York attorney experienced in lead poisoning cases. A knowledgeable lawyer can help you obtain compensation for any past, present or continuing medical ailments associated with the lead exposure.

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