Maryland and Washington, D.C. Lead Paint Poisoning Attorneys
Maryland and Washington, D.C. are some of the earliest-settled areas in America. The rich landscape of architecture and style that millions of tourists flock to see every year comes from a tradition that is almost forgotten. Unfortunately, the old-world craftsmen who built those historical structures utilized outdated methods of construction. While most materials used are safe by today’s standards, some hazards remain. One of the more common hazard residents today face is lead paint.
Lead paint was used everywhere prior to the 1970s, and is toxic to the people exposed to it. It is especially harmful to children younger than age 7. When lead paint law changes were enacted, property owners were required to have it removed. Needless to say, that did not happen in a uniform manner. People are still exposed to lead paint today. Exposure may lead to:
- Delayed or malformed development
- Long-term illness and unexplained symptoms
- Total disability or death
If you or a loved one have been negligently exposed to lead paint with resulting injuries and damages, you may have a valid claim against the responsible parties. At Henderson Law, our licensed Maryland and Washington, D.C. attorneys have the knowledge and experience to establish and prove your claims in court. Schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team by calling (410) 721-1979 or submitting our contact request form.
A Closer Look at the Dangers of Lead Paint
Lead is a naturally occurring metal that is found in the earth. Since we are generally only exposed to very small amounts of it, it is harmless while existing in the soil by itself. However, it should not be used as a durability agent that we paint on our walls. Lead poisoning is the result of repeated exposure to paint containing lead over a long period of time.
In 1978, a federal law was passed that banned the use of lead paint anywhere in the United States. Homeowners and landlords had the option to remove the paint or leave it as is. The majority of property owners chose the latter. This resulted in dire circumstances that we still deal with today.
Lead paint is toxic to humans and animals. The people most vulnerable to lead paint toxicity are children younger than 7. This is particularly true for chipped and peeling paint that is ingested or handled. Injuries to children with lead paint poisoning include:
- Cognitive and emotional disabilities
- Permanent brain damage and swelling
- Organ damage
- Coma or death
- Delayed or stunted intellectual capacity
- Moderate-to-severe memory loss and recall
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- Social delays and anxiety
Lead paint is so toxic that its effects are irreversible. Exposure is more common for families who rent an older home or apartment building. The property owner has a duty to protect you from hazards during your residency. Medical bills, pain, and suffering piles up too quickly. You should not be responsible for the bills if you have a valid claim.
The attorneys of Henderson Law have collectively been serving Maryland and Washington, D.C. for over 30 years. If you are considering legal action for lead paint poisoning, you can schedule an initial consultation with us at no cost or obligation to you. Call (410) 721-1979 or send us a message through our contact form.
Filing a Lead Paint Poisoning Lawsuit
Filing a lead paint poisoning lawsuit is one legal remedy to receive compensation for injuries caused by negligence. After receiving proper medical treatment and following your doctor’s orders, you should contact a lead paint poisoning attorney licensed to practice in Washington, D.C. or Maryland. While you may not be required to have legal representation in court, a better outcome in managing and proving your case is far more likely than acting as a pro se litigant.
Your attorney can investigate the incident that happened as well as prepare the proper pleadings in the civil court system. He or she has expertise in asking the questions that need to be asked while dealing with other lawyers, insurance companies, and property owners. Your attorney takes on the ‘stress’ of your case from a legal perspective with unparalleled knowledge and ability.
At Henderson Law, our lawyers are dedicated to seeking compensation on behalf of our injured clients. You and your family benefit from our combined decades of experience in reviewing your case and moving forward swiftly. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation that aims to provide insight and a jumping off point for your case. Schedule yours today by calling (410) 721-1979 or sending us a message through our contact form.
Henderson Law is accepting new cases in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Henderson Law is willing to take new clients across the State of Maryland, including, but not limited to, new cases arising in the following cities: Annapolis, Crofton, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Crownsville, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Millersville, Odenton, Severna Park, and Pasadena. Please call Henderson Law for an initial consultation.