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The Link Between Lead Poisoning and Violent Crime

Lead poisoning can affect anyone at any age, but children are highly susceptible to the negative impacts of lead poisoning. If their body absorbs high amounts of lead, developmental delays and other physical and mental issues can arise, potentially leading to behavioral disorders and violence. Here, the Baltimore lead litigation attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg provide an overview of the impacts of lead poisoning on children and the link between lead poisoning and violent crime rates.

How Lead Poisoning Affects the Body

Children are the most susceptible to lead poisoning since their bodies more readily absorb lead compared to older adults. Lead prevents the buildup of calcium in the body, which aids in the growth and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Lead poisoning tends to occur in large urban areas, such as Baltimore City, with homes that may have been constructed using lead paint in the mid-to-late 1900s, bringing lasting harmful effects to families in the area. Some symptoms of lead poisoning include headaches, fatigue and muscle weakness. More severe forms of lead poisoning can lead to behavioral problems, which can increase the likelihood of committing violent crime.

The Link Between Lead and Crime

While lead poisoning can harm any child, children in low-income urban families tend to be the individuals who suffer most, seeing as they have the most exposure to lead through lead paint in homes. Furthermore, the discussion between lead poisoning and crime is often overlooked by society. Through various studies, researchers were able to decipher that, with equal economic and social status, those that had been exposed to lead had a higher likelihood of committing violent crime. For example, a study of children in Rhode Island who were born between 1990-2004 demonstrated that the group of children who had little-to-no lead exposure saw much lower rates of suspension or juvenile crime compared to students in the same schools and neighborhoods who had been exposed to lead.

What to Do If Your Child has Lead Poisoning

While every parent wants to keep their child safe, the prevention of lead exposure or poisoning is not guaranteed. Preventative measures such as keeping a well-maintained home, preventing hand-to-mouth transfer in toys, and checking what paint was used from previous owners of a home can reduce the risk of you or your children suffering from lead poisoning. 

If your child has been diagnosed with lead poisoning, keep a close eye and maintain strong communication with their instructors and other family members so, if behavioral problems arise, they can be corrected early on. If you believe your child may have lead poisoning, consider seeking legal counsel, such as through The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A., for help.

How the Lead Litigation Attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. Can Help You

Exposure to lead poisoning can cause both physical and emotional harm to individuals, especially children. Prolonged exposure can ultimately lead to a spike in developmental delays and violent crime rates—this is an unfortunate reality, especially when lead exposure was no fault of the victim’s own. If you believe you or a loved one was unknowingly exposed to lead,  contact the lead litigation attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. to discuss how you may be entitled to compensation.