Lead exposure happens when lead dust or lead fumes are inhaled. Upon breathing in of the dust, the lead is then spread through the respiratory system and released into the blood, causing potential injuries. Lead exposure or poisoning can also occur through ingestion of lead substances. Once in the body, lead can also be stored in the bones and re-released into the blood, thus exposing organs even long after the original incident of exposure.
Injuries caused by lead exposure can include:
- Neurological effects, such as impaired concentration or cognition, seizures, and other conditions
- Digestive disorders such as nausea or gastric discomfort
- Reproductive injuries or conditions
- Blood conditions like anemia
Serious injuries can long-term and can often be life-threatening. Sources of lead exposure can be very broad and widespread. Common sources of lead include items associated with work, hobby items (such as paint), building materials, and other sources.
Who May be Held Liable for Lead Exposure Injuries?
As mentioned, there are many possible sources of lead exposure and lead ingestion. In many instances, certain parties can be held liable for injuries caused by lead exposure.
For instance, some metal-top dining tables can contain lead and may present exposure risks to adults and children. In such cases, the manufacturer of such products can be held liable for injuries, particularly if there is a product defect involved (such as a failure to follow lead percentage guidelines). Manufacturers of toys that contain lead can also be held liable under similar legal theories.
In other instances, a landlord can be held liable for failing to maintain premises that are up to code regarding toxic exposure. For example, if they knew or should have known that the paint used in a room contained dangerous levels of lead, they might be held liable for injurie resulting from exposure.
Lastly, lead exposure is also common in a work setting, especially for industrial workers who work with metals. Employers can sometimes be held liable for work or industrial injuries due to lead exposure at work. A common example of this where the employer violates their duty to ensure that the workplace is safe and free of toxic substances, and that employees are sufficiently protected from exposure risks.
What are the Legal Remedies in a Lead Exposure Lawsuit?
Lead exposure cases can be complex and may require legal action to resolve any disputes. For such lawsuits, the legal remedy will typically involve a monetary damages award, which is issued to the injured party. The damages award may cover monetary losses such as hospital bills, medication costs, lost wages, and other costs.
Other remedies may include a recall of defective products that create lead exposure risks. For cases involving exposure at the workplace, the employer may be required to adjust their safety practices so that they match industry standards for lead exposure. Class action lawsuits can also be filed for cases where many people were exposed to lead.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Lead Exposure Lawsuit?
Lead exposure can lead to dangerous injuries and may require a lawsuit in many instances. You may need to hire a consumer lawyer in your area if you need assistance filing a lead exposure case. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and can represent you in court during the process.