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I Think My Child Has Been Exposed to Lead Paint. What Are My Options?

Exposure to lead can have long-term effects on health and may lead to neurological problems and developmental delays in children. There are quite a number of homes in the Baltimore area which contain high levels of lead derived from lead paint itself. If you believe your child has been exposed to lead paint, it is important to know what steps to take to prioritize his or her health and legal rights. Here, the lead litigation attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K.Thalenberg outline your medical and legal options if you or a loved one are experiencing lead paint exposure:

Prioritize Your Health

If you believe that your child has been exposed to lead paint, the first thing you should do is remove the source of the contamination and seek care immediately from a doctor or the health department. It is crucial to prepare for your appointment by making a list of symptoms or behavior changes you have noticed as well as any possible source of lead your child could have been exposed to.

Your doctor may ask you questions regarding when your house was built, if you have recently moved, or if you have a new job that may expose your child to lead. Make sure to ask questions yourself, including any necessary tests that may be needed.

Medical Treatments for Exposure

Some cases of lead paint exposure can be alleviated by either removing the old lead paint or sealing it in. However, if after discussing with a medical professional you find that your child’s exposure to lead paint is a severe case, your doctor may recommend advanced treatment. Such treatments include chelation therapy and EDTA chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is a treatment in which medication is given by mouth and, when binded with the lead, can lead to excretion of the toxins through urine. EDTA chelation therapy is given by injection and is intended for adults with high lead levels in the bloodstream as well as children who cannot tolerate the drug used in conventional chelation therapy.

Protect Your Legal Rights

Now that you have taken the time to prioritize your child’s physical health, it may be time to receive legal guidance to protect your child’s rights and seek compensation for your exposure. Attorneys will review your medical and property records and, if possible, help lead you to a settlement or verdict. These recoveries are based on the evidence of lead in the reported building or home in which your child was exposed, when high blood-lead levels were recorded, whether or not defendant-landlord or property owners are or were insured, and other environmental or genetic factors. Time is of the essence if you think your child been exposed to lead paint, both in regard to your health and any potential legal claim. Your child must file a claim within three years of his or her 21st birthday.

Consult a Skilled Lead Litigators at The Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg

If you believe you or a loved one have been exposed to lead paint, you are not alone. Thousands of Baltimore residents, many being children, have been unknowingly exposed to lead in their homes . The qualified and passionate lead litigation attorneys at The Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg have years of experience advocating for victims of lead exposure and poisoning in Baltimore. Their expertise and craft has granted many victims help and compensation. Consult a member of our team today here: