Lead Paint Poisoning Attorneys in Maryland, D.C. & Virginia

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Today, people throughout the country and around the world are familiar with the hazards of lead paint. Though present-day homes and buildings are finished with lead-free or low-VOC paint, older structures from before the 1970s may still pose a health risk in the form of lead paint.

People who are exposed to lead paint are at risk of:

  • Mental disorder
  • Behavioral issues
  • Death

If you have reason to believe that you or your loved one has been harmed by lead paint, do not hesitate to reach out to our team at Ashcraft & Gerel. We have decades of combined experience representing clients across the country in lead paint cases.

Understanding Lead Paint Poisoning

Lead is a type of metal that has been proven to be hazardous to human health at a certain level of exposure. Individuals with lead poisoning experience increased lead levels in their blood – a hazardous and even potentially deadly condition.

When used in paint, lead can improve durability and shorten drying times. Decades ago, before the risks associated with lead were known, contractors, painters, and construction companies enjoyed using lead paints for these reasons. The dangers of lead were eventually uncovered, leaving landlords, property managers, and contractors with a huge problem: their homes, offices, and buildings were full of lead paint. Though many people took action and removed the walls affected by lead paint, others failed to properly address the problem.

Peeling, chipped, or flaking lead paint is extremely dangerous – especially for children.

Young children exposed to lead paint are prone to:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Neurological conditions
  • Brain damage
  • Difficulty focusing
  • ADD
  • Brain swelling
  • Organ failure
  • Coma
  • Death

What to Do if You Are Affected

Lead poisoning can cause irreversible damage. Victims often need lifelong medical care to treat the symptoms and the effects of lead poisoning. This unfair physical, mental, and financial burden should not be yours to carry. Ashcraft & Gerel is here to help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve in this situation.

Our lead paint poisoning attorneys have successfully handled many of these kinds of cases. We work closely with medical experts to pinpoint the extent and severity of your condition and outline the medical care you will need today, tomorrow, and far into the future. We can file your claim and initiate a lawsuit against the landlord or property manager whose negligence has left you suffering.

Does Your Home Contain Lead Paint?

If you live in an old home – one built before the 1970s – you could be at risk of lead paint exposure. Tenants are encouraged to thoroughly investigate any apartment, condo, or home they currently rent or plan to rent. We recommend observing the condition of the paint – if it appears to be chipping or peeling, there is a chance that it could contain lead and be toxic.

There are several ways you can test a home for lead paint or dust. When performed by a professional, these tests can indicate whether the home could contain hazardous levels of lead.

Tenants who no longer live in the home they suspect to contain lead paint may have a more difficult time bringing a lawsuit against the landlord. In many situations, they do not have access to the home, or the landlord has already renovated it. Our lead paint poisoning attorneys can obtain historical lead test results and look for other related evidence to build your case.

Take Action If Your Child Has Been Exposed to Lead Paint

If you suspect that you or your child has been exposed to lead paint, it is important that you take action right away before evidence slips away or becomes unusable.

Potential warning signs that your child has been exposed to lead paint include:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Developmental delays
  • Slow growth rate
  • Low birth weight
  • Weight loss
  • Stomach issues
  • Seizures
  • Hearing loss

Discuss these symptoms with a doctor to get an official diagnosis. Make sure you and your doctor take extensive notes about your child’s condition with date and timestamps, which can prove crucial should you file a lawsuit. You should also be sure to have your child re-tested every few months to see if their lead levels have increased, which is a sign of ongoing lead exposure.

Low- vs. High-Level Exposure

Even if your child was only exposed to a minimal amount of lead, you should still take action. Even low lead exposure can affect their mental and physical development. The full impact of lead poisoning can take years to reveal itself.

If a medical professional has confirmed that your child has been exposed to lead, they will likely want you to perform several additional evaluations to determine the extent of the damage. The results of these medical and educational evaluations can be crucial in your lead paint poisoning lawsuit.

Adult Exposure to Lead Paint

Though children tend to be most affected by lead paint – due to their still-developing minds and high lead-retention rates – adults can still suffer from exposure, too. Most adults who develop lead poisoning are exposed atwork[AM1]. Many industries involve the potential for lead exposure, and in many cases, it is possible for traces of lead to attach themselves to workers and travel home with them, which can result in lead exposure to their families as well.

Potential symptoms of lead poisoning include:

  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mood changes
  • Headaches
  • Memory issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal sperm
  • Pregnancy complications

File Your Claim & Seek Compensation

You have the right to file a claim on your child’s behalf if you are their parent, guardian, or grandparent. If you are an adult suffering from lead poisoning whose parents never filed a claim for you as a child, you may still be able to file a claim. Keep in mind there are limitations in these situations. Each state has its own laws, but many states allow adults who were exposed to lead as children to file a claim up until their 21st birthday.

Due to statutes of limitations and variances between states, it is crucial that you file a claim as soon as possible. Do not wait to get started – Ashcraft & Gerel is ready to fight for you. Compiling evidence and building a lawsuit can take a great deal of time. It can be especially difficult if you are filing a claim as an adult who was exposed as a child, as you may have to track down the negligent landlord, locate the home you lived in as a child, and uncover years-old evidence.

The Value of a Lead Paint Claim

Every claim is different, which means the amount of compensation you could recover by filing a lawsuit depends on the unique circumstances of your situation. Once we hear your story, review the evidence, and assess the extent of your injuries, we can give you an estimate as to how much your claim could be worth.

Factors that can affect a case include:

  • Whether an XRF or other type of lead test was conducted
  • When you received blood-lead testing and were diagnosed
  • Whether there are other potential reasons to explain your lead levels
  • Whether something else affected your behavioral or neurological symptoms

Discuss Your Claim with Ashcraft & Gerel

A landlord or property manager’s negligence should not be your responsibility or your burden. If you or your child is suffering because of lead paint exposure, we want to help you seek justice in the form of compensation. We are skilled personal injury and trial lawyers who understand how to successfully guide clients through the legal process they face.