Lead Poisoning

Was your child exposed to lead paint? Did your child have difficulty learning and behavioral problems growing up? If your child was diagnosed with lead poisoning call The Yost Legal Group for help.

Childhood lead poisoning is one of the biggest environmental threats to a child’s health. Before 1978, lead was commonly used as an ingredient in many common household items. In 1978, lead was deemed a health hazard. New laws were enacted to prevent the use of lead in paint and other items.

Children are at risk

Families living in older buildings painted with lead-based paint prior to the new laws put children at risk for brain-related medical problems, such as:

  • Brain swelling
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death

New Federal Rule Protects Children From Lead Paint, 1/16/17.

Lead paint still poses a serious threat to many Baltimore children and families. Click here to read more.

A recent case of environmental contamination exposed hundreds of families in Indiana to dangerous levels of lead. Click here to read more.

A pharmaceutical company recently increased the price of an important lead poisoning drug by 2,700%. Click here to read more.

How Children Are Exposed to Lead Poisoning

Children are exposed to lead poisoning when they eat paint chips containing lead-based paint. Older homes being renovated can create a dangerous environment where children can breathe in lead contaminated dust.

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Symptoms of lead poisoning are not always immediately apparent. Low level exposure can cause the following symptoms:

  • Decreased intelligence
  • Learning difficulties
  • School achievement difficulties
  • ADHD and ADD
  • Hyperactivity
  • Antisocial behavior or criminal activity

Lead poisoning affects other body systems, and in high exposure can lead to convulsions, coma and death.