Levy Konigsberg LLP, the national lead poisoning law firm, is bringing its decades of experience in lead paint litigation to advocate on behalf of lead poisoned children in Kansas City, Missouri. Childhood lead poisoning is a serious, yet avoidable, problem that causes lasting damage in both the individual child and society at large. Even low levels of lead exposure can affect the cognitive development of young children, often causing speech delays, hyperactivity, and lower IQ that can put a child at a disadvantage with their peers. Lead poisoned children commonly struggle in school and have difficulty holding a job when they are adults, going on to earn significantly less over the course of their lifetime than they could have were they not poisoned. Furthermore, because lead poisoned children most commonly come from low income neighborhoods, childhood lead poisoning causes lasting socioeconomic damage, exacerbating the already growing income inequality.

Kansas City, MO has some of the highest rates of childhood lead poisoning in the country, and its effects are felt city-wide. The most common source of childhood lead exposure is from lead-based paint in older homes, and nearly 80 percent of homes in Kansas City were built before lead-based paint was banned for residential use across the country. Any home built before the ban that has not been properly remediated is a high risk home for lead exposure, no matter how recently the home has been repainted. That is because the lead-based paint continues to exist beneath the layers of the newer paint, and sticks to the newer layers when those layers flake and peel. Friction surfaces, such as window frames and door jambs, can create lead-based paint dust, which spreads throughout the house and can settle on toys and objects that children put their mouths on.

At any given time, 800-1200 of Kansas City’s young children have elevated blood lead levels high enough to constitute lead poisoning. According to the Department of Health, nearly 84,000 homes in Kansas City were built before the lead paint ban, and only 1500 homes have been remediated in the past 20 years. Kansas City recently received a $2.9 million grant to help fight the lead poisoning epidemic, but the money is only enough to fund the remediation of another 152 homes.

The ultimate responsibility for a lead safe home falls on the landlord or homeowner. If you live in a rented older home, it is important to look for signs of paint deterioration and report those signs to your landlord immediately. Have your child tested for a blood lead level, and call the Department of Health even if your child’s lead level does not rise to the level considered lead poisoning. Finally, if your child has an elevated blood-lead level, contact an experienced lead poisoning attorney to see if your child has a case.

The lead poisoning attorneys at Levy Konigsberg LLP have won over $100 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of lead poisoned children over the past 25 years. Contact one of our experienced attorneys today for a free lead paint case consultation.

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