Lead Poisoning Lawyers Helping Families in Philadelphia
Levy Konigsberg, a national leader in lead poisoning lawsuits, is actively helping families in Philadelphia seek justice and compensation for lead poisoned children. Children may be exposed to lead from a variety of sources, such as a toy or tainted water. However, by far the most common source of lead exposure is chipping, peeling, and defective lead based paint in older housing. Although childhood lead poisoning is a national problem, it is particularly widespread in the City of Philadelphia. That is because Philadelphia, one of the oldest cities in the nation, also has some of the oldest housing in the nation. According to the Census’ 2011 American Housing Survey for Philadelphia, nearly 80% of all housing in the city was built before 1978—the year that lead based paint was banned for residential use across the United States. This means that nearly 80% of residents in the City of Philadelphia live in a house that potentially contains lead-based paint.
Given the age of housing in Philadelphia (the median year built for the city’s housing is 1959), it is no small wonder that the city has some of the highest rates of childhood lead poisoning. According to a 2010 Pennsylvania Department of Health report, more than 10% of Philadelphia’s children under the age of seven who were tested for lead had elevated blood lead levels. Although the average blood lead level for those tested has declined over the years, the levels are still high enough to cause cognitive damage, behavior problems, and other health issues.
The effects of childhood lead poisoning are permanent. Once a child is lead poisoned, all that can be done is to give the child the resources he or she needs to cope with the devastating effects. Children who were lead poisoned often experience symptoms similar to ADHD, have lower IQ’s than their peers, and struggle academically and professionally when they get older. The only way to prevent the problems associated with lead poisoning is to prevent childhood lead exposure in the first place.
The City of Philadelphia is fighting back with regulations to help make the city’s old housing lead safe. Under the Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law, landlords must have older homes inspected and certified lead safe before any tenants with children under the age of six move in. The inspection requires looking for any chipping, peeling, or defective paint, as well as taking dust wipes for analysis to ensure that no lead based paint dust exists in the home. This inspection must be repeated every two years, as long as a child under the age of six continues to reside in the home. Finally, a landlord must promptly fix any chipping, peeling, or defective paint reported by a tenant, or risk losing certification.
A landlord who fails in his responsibilities may lose his rental license, face fines, and be liable for any harm that results from a child exposed to lead on his property. If your child has been exposed to lead, it is important to contact an experienced lead poisoning attorney to help your child get the financial resources he or she needs to overcome the devastating effects of lead poisoning. The lead poisoning law firm of Levy Konigsberg has over 25 years of lead poisoning litigation experience and has won over $100 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of lead poisoned children. We are actively helping families in Philadelphia obtain financial compensation for childhood lead poisoning.
Contact one of our experienced attorneys today to see if you have a case by filling out the website form or by calling 1-800-988-8005.