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Does My Home Have Lead Paint?

Exposure to lead can be detrimental to your health and lead in the body is directly linked to developmental delays and neurological problems. In the Baltimore-  area, there are an extremely high number of older homes that contain lead paint, and you or your loved one may have been affected by lead paint. Here, the Baltimore lead litigation attorneys at The Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. discuss procedures for determining if your home may have lead paint and how to protect you and your loved ones in the event that lead paint is present in your home.

 

Lead Paint Was Frequently Used in 20th Century Homes

Throughout the early 20th century, lead paint was frequently used in homes. Once the federal government realized the health hazards of lead-based paint to individuals of all ages, they began to eradicate the use of it resulting in a ban in 1978. However, homes that were built before this time may still have traces, if not significant amounts, of lead paint. While all individuals are at risk, certain populations such as children and pregnant women can see more severe repercussions from lead exposure. Lead affects the body in a variety of negative ways and an individual may suffer health consequences such as anemia, seizures, developmental issues and even death. Additionally, many individuals who have lead poisoning may not be aware until their symptoms become severe, leading to future health issues that can have a drastic effect on their overall wellbeing. 

 

Examine Your Home for the Potential of Lead Paint

It is important to check for the potential of lead paint in your home. There are a variety of test kits available that allow you to swab certain areas of your home for the presence of lead, which can help bring peace of mind to those living in older homes. Furthermore, if there are children in your home, you can try to prevent them from putting their hands in or near their mouth or touching areas of your home you think may have a presence of lead.

 

Peeling or chipping paint can expose previous lead paint that has been covered up. A sign that your home may have lead paint is if your walls have a pattern that resembles scales, also known as “alligatoring”. When this occurs, take extreme caution and hire a professional lead examiner to inspect how your home may be affected. Prior to the examination, make sure to frequently wipe down surfaces, wash your hands and clean toys or items that your children use often.

 

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

Deteriorated lead paint can bring devastating effects to you or your loved ones if left unmanaged. If you are concerned about the possibility of lead in your home, make sure to take precautionary steps to stay healthy and seek legal counsel to learn more about your rights moving forward. Contact the lead litigation attorneys at The Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. to discuss how you may be entitled to compensation and representation for you or your affected loved ones.