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Millions of Children in the United States are Exposed to Lead

March 4th, 2016

Lead paint poisoning has been an epidemic in Baltimore. According to the CDC, 4 million homes in the U.S. have children who are being exposed to lead. No safe level of lead has been defined. Children are more likely to ingest lead than adults, and are more vulnerable to the effects of lead. Children who have excessive hand to mouth activity, and put toys, paint chips, dust, or soil in their mouths are at even greater risk.

Lead poisoning has been found to affect behavior and intelligence in children. Lead poisoning is more severe in children because they have a proportionately larger body surface area than adults, therefore, a greater ratio of lead will be absorbed by their bodies. Additionally, children’s brains are not fully developed and are more susceptible to the long term effects of lead poisoning.

Children who live in poorly maintained homes that were built prior to 1978 are needlessly placed in greater risk and are more likely to be exposed to lead. If your child lived in an older home and has problems with anger, or has been diagnosed with ADHD or a learning disability, he or she may have been poisoned by lead. The Yost Legal Group is a law firm with over ten years of experience representing children who were poisoned by lead and who will suffer from the negative effects of lead poisoning for the rest of their lives. Call us today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529).