Lead paint has been illegal since 1978, but many buildings constructed before this time likely contain the hazardous element in the paint. Even with the decades that have passed after establishing these laws, manufacturers still negligently create and sell children's toys and products that are contaminated with lead paint. Just this summer, Far East Brokers and Consultants, a distributor responsible for products under the Leisure Ways brand, produced children's outdoor furniture found to have "excessive levels of lead paint."
Just two years ago a lead paint case in Garner at a daycare center brought attention to the symptoms and dangers of lead paint poisoning. Although tests confirmed none of the children were poisoned by the lead paint found on-site, there are serious effects when individuals are exposed to toxic levels:
- Nerve and/or brain damage
- Kidney and/or reproductive failure
- Behavior changes
In North Carolina, lead paint cases develop from more sources than products and wall paint. Industrial sources, water contamination, poorly renovated old buildings, and other sources may be responsible for innocent people being unknowingly exposed to the toxin.
By the time lead paint is discovered, significant exposure and long-term damage may have occurred. The scary fact about lead-based paint is that children don't need to be exposed for prolonged periods to be affected, just a brief exposure can cause long-term damage. Determining the value of an injury case like this requires an experienced attorney. An attorney will ensure your best interests are represented so that your case value reflects not only existing healthcare bills, but future expenses for special education, pain and suffering, rehab, and more.