Lead Paint - Child Development Delay - Consumer Justice Foundation

Lead Paint – Child Development Delay

Written by Andrew Sarski on March 1, 2011
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Child Developmental Delay Described

A child’s development refers to the process in which he experiences changes in skill development during certain time periods. A developmental delay is described as any significant delay in a child’s emotional, behavioral, physical, social, or cognitive development compared to the established normal range for that child’s age. For example, a child who begins to walk and talk six months later than other children his age may be described as experiencing a developmental delay. In some children, developmental delay may result in learning difficulties and other behavioral problems.

Lead Paint and Child Developmental Delay Connection

When a child is exposed to lead, the metal enters the bloodstream and eventually enters the cells in vital organs like the kidneys and brain. The lead then interferes with the enzymes these organs need to function properly, potentially leading to serious complications like inhibited brain function, developmental delay, learning disabilities and decreased academic performance.

Lead paint was used in the past because it dried quickly, maintained a fresh appearance for a longer period of time, and resisted moisture. We now know that lead is extremely harmful and can affect many aspects of the human body, particularly the brain. Even though lead paint is no longer used in paint, even removing the toxic substance from a property can be extremely dangerous. According to federal law, any contractor who is repairing, painting or restoring a building built before 1978 must be certified and trained in the proper procedures in order to prevent toxic lead paint poisoning.

Although most people believe that lead paint only affects children who actually eat the toxic lead paint chips, both children and adults can be affected even by unknowingly breathing in lead-contaminated dust which may be generated from deteriorating paint, or disturbed during repairs or renovations to a building. Despite the fact that lead paint was banned in 1977, a number of older homes and buildings still contain the toxic substance. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 24% of homes built between 1960 and 1978, 69% of homes built between 1940 and 1960, and 87% of homes built before 1940 contain lead paint. Unfortunately, this means that adults and children alike continue to be exposed to lead, even if they are only traces of the heavy metal. According to recent research, even small amounts of lead in an otherwise healthy child can result in devastating consequences, including inhibited brain function and developmental delay.

Lead Paint Developmental Delay Victim Legal Help

If you or a loved one has suffered from child developmental delay and you believe lead paint exposure to be the cause, contact a defective product attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a defective product lawsuit. A number of lawsuits have already been filed by individuals who were exposed to toxic lead paint and subsequently developed serious injuries. In some cases, adults and small children were exposed to toxic levels of lead paint for years, right in their own homes, even though they were told the building was lead paint-free. The purpose of filing a defective product lawsuit is to seek financial compensation for your injuries, the medical expenses associated with injury treatment, and the pain and suffering sustained by you and your family. With the help of a defective product lawyer, victims of lead paint poisoning can collect the compensation they are entitled to.

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