Lead is a type of metal that has been used and incorporated in a lot of common items, such as paint. It is highly toxic to the point that the federal government banned its use as a base for paint in 1978. Older homes may still have lead-based paint.
The Dangers of Lead
Children are more susceptible. They could suffer the following if lead ingestion or inhalation of lead is not detected early:
- Damage to the brain and nervous system
- Slowed growth
- Behavior and learning problems
- Hearing problems
Even if children are more susceptible to lead-poisoning, adults may also suffer the following from lead poisoning:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Difficulties during pregnancy
- Nerve disorders
- High blood pressure
- Memory and concentration problems
- Digestive problems
- Other reproductive problems (found in both men and women)
As shown on the list above, lead is very dangerous and toxic. Children, most especially, may ingest lead through putting in their mouth objects covered in lead dust. Babies are very susceptible since they usually put things in their mouths. If an object is contaminated with lead, then they may suffer the above-mentioned symptoms.
Paint chips and soil with lead can also make this substance enter the body. It can also be inhaled, especially when the lead dusts are disturbed such as through renovation.
Where Can Lead Be Found?
Lead is more commonly found in older homes that used lead-based paints. It could also contaminate drinking water and soil. Some jobs or recreational activities may expose a person to lead.
Protecting Your Family and Home from the Dangers of Lead
If you have reason to believe that you or your family have been exposed to lead, have you children tested for lead levels in their blood through a blood test. Contact a professional to assess the level of lead in the paint on your home, or other possible sources of lead exposure.
Get Legal Help for Lead Exposure
Seek medical attention as soon as you or your loved ones experience any of the symptoms of lead poisoning. If you have reason to believe that you and your family have been exposed to lead through the use of a product containing lead, or lead around your home, consult with an expert lawyer to protect your rights and find out what course of action you could take to claim for a legal remedy for the injuries you suffered because of lead exposure.