Lead poisoning is a leading environmental hazard impacting children in San Diego. While state regulations, such as the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 1991, were enacted to protect children, they are still exposed to lead today. Children are not the only ones who can suffer from this; adults are also at risk. If you or your child has suffered from this environmental hazard, Thompson Injury Law can help.
We have extensive experience litigating environmental claims of all kinds. We know how to identify sources of lead exposure and hold responsible parties accountable. You can trust our legal team to get just compensation. Contact our office today to speak with an experienced lead poisoning attorney.
The High Risk of Lead Poisoning in San Diego
Lead-based paint was banned in 1978, but homes and apartment complexes built before then may still contain lead-based paint. Lead remains in a variety of places:
- Wall paint – Older houses, condos, and apartment buildings may still have lead in the wall paint. That poses a danger to children who can easily pick up paint chips off walls and windowsills and put the chips in their mouths, transferring the lead into their bodies.
- Water pipes – Old lead water pipes can release lead particles into tap and bath water, leading to lead poisoning in children and adults. Also, copper pipes soldered with lead and brass plumbing fixtures can leak lead particles into the water.
- Soil – Lead from the soil around your house can get tracked into your home, on your children’s hands, and eventually into their mouths.
Homeowners and renters have the right to know about the presence of lead-based paint and must receive disclosures from the seller or landlord before entering into a contract to purchase or rent a home. However, property owners and landlords often neglect to check for lead in the walls and pipes, increasing the risk of lead poisoning.
If you have suffered from lead poisoning due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries. That’s where Thompson Injury Law comes in. We have an impressive track record of success in lead-poisoning claims and will fight for your rights in and out of the courtroom.
Common Symptoms of Lead Poisoning
Lead poisoning can be difficult to detect, especially in newborns and young children, those most vulnerable. So, have your child regularly tested if you live in an older home or apartment building. Symptoms to watch for in children include:
- Developmental delays, such as problems with speech, motor function, vision, or cognitive skills
- Learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Sluggishness, fatigue
- Abdominal pain
- Hearing loss
Newborns who experienced lead poisoning in utero can exhibit the following symptoms at birth:
- Premature birth
- Lower birth weight
- Slower than average growth
At Thompsom Injury Law, we understand the emotional burden for parents when their children suffer from lead poisoning. We will do what it takes to get you the compensation that covers all your child’s future medical needs.
When Adults Suffer due to Exposure in San Diego
Lead poisoning is much more common in children than adults; however, adults are also at risk of exposure in the workplace, particularly in auto repair shops, home improvement contracting, or when working with batteries. Suffering adults may exhibit the following symptoms:
- High blood pressure
- Joint and muscle pain
- Difficulty with memory or concentration
- Abdominal pain
- Mood disorders
- Reduced sperm count/abnormal sperm
- Miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth in pregnant women
You can depend on our aggressive environmental claims attorney to fight for every dollar you deserve.
The Lasting Effects of Lead Poisoning
The symptoms are not always noticeable, and the damage can be long-lasting. The main concern for children is that it can impact brain development and result in undeveloped motor functions, cognitive skills, speech and language skills, and emotional and social abilities. In more severe cases, this environmental concern in children and adults can damage the kidneys and nervous system, cause seizures, unconsciousness, and even death.
Why Choose Us?
If you, your child, or a loved one has suffered from lead poisoning, we will work to identify the responsible party and hold them accountable. Depending on the circumstance, you may have a claim against:
- The person who sold you your home
- Your landlord
- A negligent home inspector
- Your employer or their landlord
- Your child’s school
- The water company that maintains water pipes
- A government agency that oversees waterworks
Above all, we will make your lead poisoning claim our cause and fight to get you just compensation, including damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent disability. Above all, we will provide you with knowledge, compassion, and exceptional personal service.
Contact Our Experienced San Diego Lead Poisoning Attorney
Lead poisoning is an environmental hazard that jeopardizes the well-being of children and adults alike. The best way to protect yourself is to have an experienced environmental claims attorney in your corner. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
Thompson Injury Law handles lead poisoning cases all around the San Diego metropolitan area; this includes areas such as Carlsbad, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, La Mesa, National City, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, and Vista.