I have a couple of kids who are old enough to know better now, but when they were young they’d put anything and everything in their mouths.
My kids were normal babies. It makes sense that young ones are curious about the world and want to feel and taste things. Sometimes it’s gross, but it does make sense.
Because kids are curious, some will even eat paint chips that have peeled off of the wall or other places. It’s not healthy for them and it it’s an old building with lead paint, it’s really dangerous.
We’ve been involved in numerous lawsuits in the last few years as a result of kids who have ingested lead paint. Most of these cases are from living in older buildings in Chicago, but we will pursue these cases anywhere in Illinois. There is never a fee unless we are successful. Older buildings are usually the culprit because lead based paint was banned in the United States in 1978 so newer dwellings don’t have this risk.
Lead poisoning is easily diagnosed by a blood test and happens after a child is displaying symptoms which can include headaches, personality changes, a metal taste in their mouth, balance issues and digestive problems. It can take weeks or months for symptoms to show up and they can actually come and go.
In the worst case scenarios a child can have excessive vomiting, seizures, end up in a coma and in rare instances lead poisoning can result in death. Other problems can include learning disabilities, stunting of growth and loss of hearing. Bottom line is that it’s important to get medical attention as soon as possible. The good news is that lead can be removed from the body in most instances.
While medical attention of course comes first, getting legal help is important too. That is the only way to prevent these injuries from happening to others in the future and of course it can get the victim compensation for their pain and suffering as well as payment of their medical bills which can be excessive depending on how severe the problem is.
If you have questions about whether or not you have a lead poisoning lawsuit, we’d be happy to talk to you. All calls are free and confidential and there is never a fee unless we win the case.