The tragedy of lead poisoning is that it is almost entirely preventable. The treatment of children who have been poisoned by lead is an important investment. However, the key is stopping children before they are exposed. If you have children, it is important to identify lead hazards and remove them before they can cause harm.
Deterioration of Paint
The main sources of lead exposure for children in the United States are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust. Since lead-based paints were not banned for use in housing until 1978, any homes built prior to that date are likely to have lead-based paint. When the paint breaks down, the dust created is toxic. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, approximately 24 million housing units contain deteriorated lead paint, as well as elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust. Unfortunately, more than 4 million of these homes serve as primary residences to young children.
Population at Risk
Every child under six years of age is at risk. Children frequently put their hands and other items in their mouths and can easily ingest lead if there are dust particles in the air. Children living at or below the poverty line are considered at greatest risk. Also at high risk are certain racial and ethnic groups, as well as individuals living in older homes.
If you or a loved one has been affected by lead poisoning, it is important to know your legal rights. Contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 for a free consultation.