Lead was once a common component in paint because it speeds drying and increases durability. Unfortunately, it is also a toxic substance that can cause serious long-term harm, especially in children. Lead paint was banned in the US in 1977, but it can still be found in many older buildings and products.
If you or a loved one has been injured by exposure to lead paint, you may have grounds for legal action against the party responsible. The Delaware premises liability attorneys of Morris James, LLP, can help you understand and protect your legal rights. Contact us today at 302-655-2599 to learn more.
The Effects of Lead Paint Exposure
The danger of lead paint lies in the fact that it begins to chip and peel over time. The resulting flakes of paint can be inhaled, or ingested by small children. Over time, this can lead to lead poisoning, a serious medical condition. Initial symptoms of lead poisoning include:
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle pain
Children are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning. If the exposure continues for a long period of time, they may begin to exhibit symptoms such as:
- Kidney failure
- Behavioral problems
- Learning disabilities
Long-term exposure to lead paint can cause permanent disabilities and even death. Anyone who rents or sells buildings or products has an important responsibility to ensure that they are free of lead paint. When they fail to meet this responsibility, our Delaware lead paint poisoning lawyers believe they should face fair legal consequences.