Sadly, lead paid poisoning happens to countless numbers of innocent people each year. This is a nefarious and toxic agent that causes substantial and permanent injuries to those that are exposed to lead paint. Here is great guest post authored by Carlos Santiago, a long-time legal blogger and regular contributor to endertonlaw.com on the issue of lead paint poisoning:
Lead Exposure: What You Need to Know
When you have a child, their health and well-being becomes one of the most important things in your life. Thus, protecting themfrom outside dangers becomes a top priority. One such danger that many parents may be unaware of, which is often found in common places or things that children come into contact with, is lead. While lead exposure can be harmful to adults and children, the repercussions and effects it has on a child’s health is far more significant and severe. In recognition of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has, in recent months, lowered the level of lead that is considered dangerous. This new standard for dangerous levels of lead has been enacted in an effort to lower the number of children who are sufferingfrom the often debilitating effects that lead exposure can have.
Unfortunately, many children are unknowingly exposed to dangerous levels of lead because parents are unaware of just how many common household items lead can be found in. Some of the common items that may contain lead include the following:
•Imported spices and food
While certain items have natural amounts of lead in them, others contain high levels of lead unnecessarily. In order to prevent theeffects that high levels of lead exposure can have on children, it is the responsibility of parties such as manufacturers, distributors, and others in charge to make sure their goods do not contain dangerous levels of lead or put dangerous levels in the environment. When a child is exposed to such high levels of lead, they may develop health complications and problems as a result, including the following:
•Decreased or slowed growth, especially when compared to children of a similar age
•Unexplainable behavior problems, such as mood swings and hyperactivity
•Sluggishness in some children
Knowing these signs of lead poisoning and the factors that may put a child and their family at higher risk of being exposed can help parents be more aware of whether or not their child may be suffering from lead exposure. Treating lead poisoning and dealing with its long-term effects can be difficult and expensive. Thus, many people who are unduly exposed to high levels of lead and suffer the ensuing health effects seek the help of a skilled personal injury lawyer in order to pursue action against the party responsible for exposing them or their child. While such action can’t reverse the effects of exposure, it can help a family get the financial assistance they may need to seek the proper treatment.