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Do you know your rights as a tenant?

As a renter, you have certain rights. From the moment you fill out an apartment rental application, you have certain federally protected rights. This means that if you feel a landlord rejected your rental application and violated your rights by doing so, you may be able to take legal action. Your tenants' rights include protection from discrimination and the right to live in a safe home.

In order to know whether or not a Los Angeles landlord has violated your rights, you must first understand what those rights are. Read below to find out more about your basic rights as a tenant.

Is your apartment making you and your family sick?

Many California residents live in low-income housing, and the landlords who own low-income houses -- in other words, slumlords -- do not always keep their premises safe. One of the biggest problems that plagues families living in this type of home environment is the threat of lead poisoning.

It's important for everyone to educate themselves on the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in order to avoid the condition. By recognizing lead poisoning, those hurt by the condition may be able to pursue legal claims for financial compensation in California civil court.

New study examines lead effects on kids

In many of our past blogs, we talked about the impact that lead has upon children. We discussed some of the common symptoms of lead poisoning, and what you should do if you suspect that your child is suffering due to an exposure to lead.

In this post, we want to discuss a recent study that examines the long-term impact on children who have been exposed to lead early in their lives. The results of this study show just how important it is for you to take immediate action in order to protect your child's future.

Recent Victory - $3,600,000 Lead Poisoning and Habitability case

Riley Law Group PC is pleased to announce that it has settled a lead poisoning and habitability case on behalf of 4 families for $3,600,000.00. The four families consisted of 10 children and 6 adults who lived in a 100 year old 40 unit apartment building on Alvarado St. north of Wilshire Blvd. in central Los Angeles.

Increased blood levels near Vernon battery plant

About five miles from downtown Los Angeles, in the City of Vernon, there used to be a battery recycling plant, operated by Exide. The plant, which last operated in 2012, was closed by federal officials over a year ago due to concerns regarding the pollution of neighborhoods near the facility.

The California Department of Public Health analyzed blood test results of children that lived closed to the plant. It discovered that approximately 3.5 percent of children in this region had elevated blood lead levels, compared to only 2.4 percent of children who lived outside the area.

How often is lead poisoning missed in children?

In California, many children come into contact with lead each day. This exposure may cause lasting health complications, making it essential that you take immediate action if you believe that your child is suffering from lead poisoning.

Unfortunately, many children slip through the cracks, and the necessary tests to detect exposure are not performed in a timely manner. We wanted to discuss the extent of this issue in the area, as well as some of the things you can do to ensure that your child has the protection that he or she needs at such a crucial time.

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Since opening our doors in 1991, Riley Law Firm has worked hard to be a respected member of the Birmingham legal and business community. We simply believe that being successful at being good neighbors is just as important as being successful business.

A large part of our success has always been attributed to clear communications. We are proud to announce that we are now starting a blog on our website blog page, which will also be posted to our Facebook business page. Our intent is to highlight local stories, as well as national subject matter, that we think you will find interesting. We will regularly update this blog and encourage you to share your thoughts on these posts.

Lead poisoning a serious issue in many California cities

We have all seen the news regarding the tainted water supply in Flint, Michigan. What seems so far away may be a problem in communities throughout California as well. A recent study of blood-lead levels in children by Reuters has shown that many cities across the state have seen a high number of lead poisoning cases affecting children, rivaling the numbers present in Flint.

The study examined data from 2012, which is the most recent year that blood lead level samples were available. According to the report, there were extremely high rates of blood lead levels in the Bay Area, as well as Los Angeles. 

Does your child have lead poisoning?

Many families living in Los Angeles reside in apartments or homes that were built prior to 1978, and are therefore presumed to have lead paint present. When you moved in, you should have received notice from your landlord about the potential dangers of the exposures to lead paint.

If you have children, it is much more important for you to be aware of the issues that exposure to lead paint can cause. If your child suffers from lead poisoning, you will be unable to reverse the harmful effects of the exposure. You need to be sure to take immediate action to limit the future damage that may be caused due to a prolonged exposure. 

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