Washington D.C. Lead Poisoning
One of the most dangerous neurotoxins in the world is lead. When ingested by a child, lead poisons the brain and causes permanent damage, because the brains of children under the age of six are still forming. Children that suffer from lead poisoning are exponentially more likely to be held back in school one or more times; they are far less likely to graduate from high school; they are far less able to perform in a working environment at or above a high-school level; and they are far more likely to struggle finding employment throughout their lives.
The effects of lead poisoning are permanent.
The two most common sources for childhood lead poisoning in Washington D.C. are water and lead-based paint. The average water pipe in Washington D.C. is seventy-nine years old, and half of all water pipes in the District are past their useful life. As of 2015, 33% of children in Washington D.C. below the age of six lived in poverty, in areas where buildings that were built before 1978 remain un-renovated and poorly kept.
Beginning in 2010, Washington D.C. began toughening lead-paint rules and disclosure requirements for home sellers and landlords. Contractors who renovate more than two square feet of painted surfaces built before 1978 must be certified as lead-safe under Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. While under federal law, a disclosure regarding lead must only state what is known to a property owner, in Washington D.C., owners must also disclose what is reasonable for them to know about the presence of lead. Washington D.C.’s definition of a lead-based paint hazard is also stricter than the federal definition. Under the D.C. law, the definition includes “presumed lead-based paint.” Thus, is an owner is aware of peeling paint in his pre-1978 residential property, that paint “is presumed by District law to be lead paint, and because the paint is in deteriorated condition, it is a lead-based paint hazard” and must be listed that was on the D.C. Lead Disclosure Form.
The lawyers at Levy Konigsberg, considered nationally as leaders in lead poisoning litigation and celebrated advocates for lead-poisoned children and their families, have recovered more than 100 Million Dollars on behalf of lead poisoned kids for their diminished earning capacities, pain and suffering and medical monitoring.
If you believe that your child or another member of your family has been lead poisoned in Washington, D.C., you should contact an experienced lead poisoning advocate regarding your legal rights. Contact the lead poisoning attorneys at Levy Konigsberg, LLP for a free consultation by calling our 24 hour, toll free hotline at 1-800-988-8005 or by submitting an email inquiry (see form above).