Lead particles can be found in a number of consumer items, including toys manufactured overseas, the turmeric spice, cosmetics, cathode tubes from old televisions, and imported cans sealed with lead solder, just to name a few. In addition, water contaminated with lead particles from lead-containing municipal pipes and soil or sand contaminated from decades of use of leaded gasoline in the United States provide for common sources of possible lead particle ingestion. Absorption of lead particles into the body has been linked to various adult illnesses in additional to developmental delays, neurological delays, and reduced I.Q. levels in children.
Yet, despite the host of sources of possible lead particle ingestion, the primary focus of the litigation for lead claims centers on lead paint that that was widely used prior to 1978. Even today, millions of homes still contain lead paint, which over time can peel, flake, or chip and lead to the ingestion of lead particles. Landlords, property management companies, and property ownership companies are the most common targets of claims for lead poisoning in children due in large part to the strict lead laws in place in many states.
THE CMBG3 DIFFERENCE
Our firm has years of experience successfully defending lead poisoning and other lead-related claims, including claims brought in Housing Court for an alleged breach of a tenant’s rights due to the presence of lead paint in a rented property. Our team knows the science, medicine, and legal arguments behind these claims and we aggressively and effectively defend lead paint claims both in court and in early resolution settings. We understand that landlords, property managers, and property owners faced with a lawsuit for alleged harm due to lead poisoning will have many concerns and questions – do the claims have merit? Did my actions or inactions actually lead to harm to a child? What additional steps could I have taken to protect myself? What are my options and the possible next steps? How can I most cost effectively defend the allegations against me? We have answered these and many other questions from clients facing lead paint claims numerous times, and promise to represent you with the same care and dedication as if we were in your shoes.
In addition, anyone considering renting a property to another person, whether or not the potential tenant has a child at the time that they sign their lease, must be aware that the federal government and states each have specific requirements that must be kept in mind regarding lead paint in the home, whether you as the landlord know of the presence of lead paint or not. We are here for consultation to ensure that you take all necessary steps to protect yourself from the possibility of a future lawsuit.
If you would like to speak to an attorney about how CMBG3 Law can help you regarding any lead-related claims or issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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