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Safer at Home is Not Always True During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic the government is ordering people to stay at home to stop the spread of this disease. Health experts believe that people will be safer from the comfort of their own homes. While this may be true for stopping the spread of COVID-19, it is not true for other health hazards people can experience in their homes. In substandard housing many people face health hazards such as: Lead poisoning, Roaches, Faulty wiring, Black mold and; Water leaks These threats pose serious issues even when people are not in quarantine. So, the impact of these could be even more intense now than they ever were before. After COVID-19, we run the risk of encountering a new wave of health problems due to these poor living conditions. In this interview from LAist, you can learn more about how these health threats can effect you and your child:   Are You Facing Health Hazards in Substandard Housing? If you are facing any of the health hazards listed above, we can help. Our experienced attorneys have won millions of dollars in damages for their clients and can provide you with the resources you need. Call or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.

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Written Testimonials

I am grateful to the attorney Grant Riley and his team at Riley Law Group. Thanks to him and his team, today I am enjoying my new home with my family. I could move out from the ugly apartment I was living in. Riley Law Group was always aware of all questions and doubts that my family and I had. Thank you Riley Law Group. – Yanali Cruz When my son was diagnosed with lead poisoning, besides being crushed, my husband and I did not know what to do on the legal front. We knew we had been wronged and our son badly hurt, but we didn’t know any lawyers who could handle our case. We researched every personal injury attorney in Southern California with a specialty in toxic poisoning and they all said the same thing, that the case would take more than a year, we would both have to give up our lives and work on the case almost full time, the most we could hope for would be $50,000.00 and too bad we didn’t live on the East Coast. Then we got incredibly lucky and found Grant. He got us $2,500,000. The case took 6 months. He maneuvered every complicated hoop. He took a personal interest in our case and in our family. He was truly saddened by what happened and concerned for my son. He’s smart, he’s passionate about who and what he represents and he’s relentless. I truly don’t know what we would have done if we hadn’t met Grant. – M.R., Los Angeles Working with Grant changed our life for the better. We don’t have cockroaches any more. My children used to have a lot of respiratory issues, but since the apartment was renovated, my kids do not get sick. After the lawsuit, the landlord keeps our apartment in good shape. Mr. Riley was like a guardian angel to us. – Rosa Ibarra, Los Angeles.

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Dangers Of Unhealthy Housing

Under California law, your landlord must make sure that the property that he or she rents to you is free from defects, infestations and other dangerous conditions. If you report an issue and your landlord fails to take any action toward resolving the issue, you do have rights available to you, but it is up to you to assert those rights. It might be difficult for you to take action against your landlord, but it is the only way to get the compensation that you deserve because of your landlord’s actions. At Riley Law Group, PC, attorney Grant K. Riley offers aggressive representation to individuals and families who have suffered injuries or illnesses due to a landlord who fails to honor his or her obligations to you. Grant has over 30 years of litigation experience, and will stand up for you against your landlord. Factors That May Mean You Have A Case Not every failure to repair or address problems may give rise to litigation against a slumlord. Grant will review your case to determine if you may be able to successfully obtain compensation, and then assist you with all aspects of your claim. He will make sure that your rights are protected at all times, including at trial, if needed. Some of the illnesses and injuries that may result from conditions that are uninhabitable include: Bites from insects, including cockroaches, bed bugs or spiders Illnesses connected from exposure to toxic mold Asthma from exposure to cockroach allergens Severe health problems for children who have been exposed to lead paint Lead poisoning in adults Burns due to gas leaks or faulty wiring Often, landlords will take no action to repair any defects until someone has been injured due to the unsafe conditions. If you have complained time and time again about something in need of repair and your landlord has done nothing to address the problem, talk to our lawyer. We will examine the issue in detail to discover if your landlord has failed to honor his or her obligations under California law. If you have suffered a serious injury because of these conditions, we can make sure that you are able to get the care you need, and then hold your landlord responsible for the damages connected to the incident. We Are Here To Help You And Your Family Do not be afraid to reach out to us. We are going to protect you through this process. To schedule your free consultation, call our Los Angeles office at 888-495-9272 or send us an email. Our attorney will stand up for your rights. Se habla español.

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Are you aware of the dangers posed by lead poisoning?

On behalf of Riley Law Group PC on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Lead is dangerous. It does not take much of it to pose a serious health hazard. An amount equal to one grain of sugar or salt can cause permanent injury. Children are especially at risk because lead harms their developing brains. Consequences to health can be severe. Lead poisoning can cause permanent health problems and can even be fatal. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children are well known based on decades of research. They include loss of IQ, difficulty focusing and behavioral problems. Yet, because these symptoms are potentially from other sources, lead poisoning is often undiagnosed and not addressed. Lead poisoning most often occurs in old housing If you live in a structure that was built before 1978, there’s a high risk that the walls are covered with lead paint. If that old paint is chipping and flaking, beware. And even if some effort is made to remove the lead threat, if it isn’t done properly and by a certified company, the threat can remain. Children between the ages of 6 months to 2 years old are most at risk. They crawl on the floor, slide their hands over window sills and then put their hands in their mouth. So old paint chips and lead contaminated dust often find their way into a young child’s mouth. New laws In recent weeks, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to further address the issue of lead poisoning in the state. The bill directs the California Department of Public Heath to raise awareness among health care providers, parents on Medi-Cal and other parents with children at high risk of lead poisoning about the threat of childhood lead poisoning and their right to have their children tested for lead. It is crucial that parents with younger children in older housing make sure their children are tested for lead poisoning on an annual basis up to age 2. The laws of Los Angeles and California put an obligation on landlords to remove any known lead hazards and to behave responsibly when handling a potential threat from lead based paint. Once tenants are educated about the health risks of lead hazards, they are in a better position to hold landlords accountable and to ensure their homes are safe.

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Why did people ever make lead-based paint?

On behalf of Riley Law Group PC posted on Monday, August 19, 2019. Lead-based paint is a serious health hazard. It’s especially dangerous for children. When they breathe in the dust or even put paint chips directly into their mouths, they can suffer from learning disabilities, IQ issues, mood swings, aggression issues and much more. Lead can stunt their development. While some of the signs only show up as the child gets older, exposure at a young age can have an impact for the rest of their life. What you may wonder, then, is why lead paint was ever used. You know that people did not understand the negative impact of lead in previous generations. They didn’t know it was toxic. Just look at the Romans, who used it in pipes and plates and cups. Only in recent decades have people really discovered just how bad it is. But that doesn’t explain why it was used, only why they didn’t avoid it. What advantages did it have? Drying time First off, lead additives made paint dry more quickly. That was a huge benefit for home builders and contractors. They could get the job done far more quickly. That means they could take more jobs and earn more money. People embraced fast-drying paint and wanted the lead additives to increase production. Durability Another issue with paint is durability, and adding lead just made the paint stand up to more abuse. People loved this because it meant they had to repaint far less often. Durable paint in a home made the home look beautiful for longer, even as it took the constant abuse that comes with daily life. Moisture resistance Both inside of a home and outside, one of the main benefits of paint is just protecting the wood or metal below from moisture. Paint stops rot and rust. It makes homes last. Lead added greater resistance to moisture and helped homes stay in good condition for longer. This made it very valuable and preferred by homeowners all over the country. In addition, since children often put toys in their mouths, lead-based paint saw extensive use on toys. Again, it protected the toys from moisture. As we now know, though, that meant that children suffered direct exposure to dangerous lead levels when simply playing with their toys. Pigments Finally, lead helped with the pigmentation of certain colors of paint. It saw extensive use in white, cream and bright red — three of the most popular paint colors. Lead really was an all-around additive with a lot of different uses. Your rights Whatever the reasons for its use, exposure to lead paint can have devastating effects. Has your child gotten exposed to lead paint? Is he or she dealing with learning disorders and developmental problems? If so, it is important for you and your family to know what legal rights you have in California.

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Could your child’s mood swings be linked to lead poisoning?

On behalf of Riley Law Group PC posted on Friday, August 16, 2019. It’s now commonly recognized that exposure to lead-based paint results in reduced IQ, ADHD and other cognitive harm. Medical researchers have also concluded that there is a link between lead exposure in children and aggression and in violent crime in teenagers and young adults. Kids growing up in East Los Angeles housing who as babies or toddlers were exposed to lead through the cracked and peeling paint on walls and buildings may be able to link their aberrant behaviors and violent tendencies to an early-life exposure to lead paint. There is no safe blood lead level Early exposure to lead-based paint cause structural changes to a children’s developing brains. That is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has repeatedly stated that “there is no safe blood lead level.” What that means is that any amount of lead in a child’s body is unsafe and capable of causing neurological, behavioral and physical harm included reduced IQ, aggression, ADHD, delayed puberty and other harm. Lead paint used in old houses Lead-based paint is so dangerous it was outlawed in 1978. Lead-based paint is no longer used on toys and homes in the United States. But just like asbestos, which was once a very common building material used across industries, many older apartment buildings and home have walls, windows and doors that are covered with lead-based paint. In fact, the law presumes that every house and apartment built prior to 1978 contains lead-based paint. If that lead-based paint is chipping, chalking or deteriorating, your child may be getting poisoned without you even knowing. Could your teenager have been exposed to lead paint as a youngster? Not every teen with violent tendencies can link these and other negative behaviors to early exposure to lead-based paint. Sociopaths have existed since the first caveman bopped his caveman neighbor over the head with a mastodon bone. But if you suspect that your teen’s aggression could be attributed to the paint chips they nibbled on as a toddler, you might be on to an important discovery. Help is out there for those who seek it If the damage is permanent and irreversible, you may wonder why you should even look for a link. After all, if it can’t be fixed, what’s the point? But linking the violence to the paint exposure opens the door to possible legal action that could lead to a financial settlement that might make life significantly easier for your child.

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Lead poisoning can have a negative impact on a child’s learning

On behalf of Riley Law Group PC posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Children who suffer from lead poisoning often have some delayed abilities. This can present challenges for them in school. It is imperative that school districts that have children affected by lead take the initiative to ensure that these kids have the best educational opportunities available. When there is lead exposure that impairs a child’s ability to learn, there must be accommodations made to ensure success. It isn’t fair that a child should be set up to fail just because they suffer from this condition. Blood lead level matters The blood lead level of the student is one of the primary concerns. At the lowest level, the student might have a decrease in test scores. As the lead level rises, other issues become possible. These include: Decrease in proficiency of math, reading and science Likely classification as learning disabled 30% increase in failure rate of reading and math tests in third grade Lowered scores on reading readiness tests Lowered fourth grade performance scores Inclusion in special education Possibility of involvement in juvenile justice system How schools can help Because the lead exposure has a negative impact on the intelligence quotient, or IQ, the teachers working with these students must be prepared for dealing with the reduced ability to process information. The exact method that works for the situation depends on the child. Some children might need school information presented in a specific manner. For example, they might need simplified instruction sheets or to have many verbal reminders while completing a task. They may require a longer time limit for a test. A child who has lead poisoning-related disabilities might need to have an Individualized Education Program or 504 Plan put into place to accurately reflect their needs for the school year. Each year, teachers and other included parties can build on the plan from the year prior. Parental involvement Having the parents involved in the child’s education is beneficial. Reinforcing learning concepts and appropriate behavior models at home can be beneficial for the children. The parents might also opt to seek compensation for the lead poisoning. This could provide funding that will help them to be able to afford programs that can benefit the children. Ultimately, the children deserve to have a bright future without having to worry about a poison that can do so much damage.

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Lead exposure can cause intellectual disabilities

On behalf of Riley Law Group PC on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Children who were exposed to lead may suffer from intellectual disabilities, affecting their entire future. The disabilities will not go away as they age. Instead, they will have to learn how to compensate for them. It is possible for children with intellectual disabilities to learn new skills, but doing so will take time. This can make school more challenging, and it makes trying to learn things for work difficult. As a parent of a child who might have been exposed to lead, it is imperative that you know the signs early on so you can to minimize the impacts. Reduced intellectual capacity People often speak out their IQ. This has to do with the person’s ability to reason, problem solve, make decisions and learn new things. A child who has a diminished intellectual capacity will be unable to do these things to the same level as their peers. Anyone with an IQ of less than 70 is considered to be intellectually challenged. Signs can occur early in life As early as infancy, parents might notice signs that something is amiss. You might hear people speak about milestones that the children should reach. If these aren’t met within the standard time frame, the kid may be suffering from an intellectual disability. Some signs to look for include: Crawling, sitting and walking at a later time than their peers Difficulties relaying thoughts to others Trouble talking or starting to talk late Problem-solving and logical thinking difficulties Inability to do daily self-care tasks without assistance Not being able to link consequences to actions Effects of these disabilities The severity of the disability plays a significant role in how the person will have to cope throughout life. In the most serious cases, they will be unable to live alone. For others, they will require accommodations during school and work to help them learn the information they need to know. For the parents, this can be a rather difficult situation when the cause is exposure to lead. The child might need extensive medical care and therapy. This can be costly, so some parents seek compensation to help cover the expenses that come from the effects of the exposure to lead.

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Lead poisoning increases your child’s risk of ADHD

By Riley Law Group PC on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. It is normal for children to display different behaviors as they grow older. Whether that is due to external influences, exploration of boundaries or because of unidentified medical concerns, parents typically observe their children learning new things and responding to numerous situations in a variety of ways. But in some cases, your child may exhibit undesirable behaviors. If they begin to fidget nonstop, cannot finish their tasks or have increasing trouble with waiting for their turn, they could be suffering from a medical condition. And if your child receives a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), lead poisoning could be to blame. Lead poisoning is caused by exposure to deteriorated lead-based paint Certain chemicals contribute to psychiatric disorders such as ADHD by disrupting brain development. One of those toxins is lead from deteriorated lead-based paint in homes built prior to 1978. Low-income boys are at risk of exposure to lead While having elevated levels of lead in the blood does not necessarily mean your child will develop ADHD, it increases the probability. The signature deficits caused by lead poisoning in children are: Reduced IQ ADHD Language and speech delays Aggression Delayed puberty If you begin to wonder why your child can no longer focus, follow directions or control their emotions, ask your pediatrician to test your child for lead poisoning. Blood lead can be tested with a simple blood test. If you child has an elevated blood lead level, call us because we can help. Riley Law Group PC is the #1 lead poisoning and slum housing law firm in California.

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Lead poisoning doesn’t only affect children, workers also at risk

On behalf of Riley Law Group PC on Thursday, December 27, 2018. Even though lead poisoning is often discussed relating to children because of the serious effects it has on their brain development, many adults are at risk for lead poisoning at work. In fact, thousands of people in the United States work under conditions where enough lead is present to harm their health.  Workers in certain industries are more at risk Lead is present in many industries, including some you might not expect. We often think of children accidentally eating paint chips and being exposed to lead, but adults are more often exposed through breathing in lead dust. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the body absorbs higher levels of lead when it is breathed in. You might be exposed to dangerous levels of lead if your work involves: Construction or painting Battery manufacturing or recycling Indoor shooting ranges Recycling scrap metal Making or repairing radiators Builds or repairs with lead, brass, or bronze Lead dust you encounter at work can also end up in your home. It sticks to work clothes or shoes, or gets in your car, and soon your children are exposed as well. How does lead poisoning affect adults? Even low levels of lead can be dangerous if you are exposed over many years at the same job. In the short term, lead poisoning may cause abdominal pain, headaches, memory loss and muscle weakness. But, lead could be causing damage to the body even if someone has no obvious symptoms. If exposed for a long period of time, high levels of lead in adults can lead to: High blood pressure, which increases risk of heart attack or stroke Decreased kidney function Increased risk of miscarriage Brain damage causing tremors, mood swings and other problems Difficulty concentrating or remembering Reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm Mood disorders At work or at home, lead continues to cause concern for California families. Those working in at-risk industries should have their blood lead level checked regularly. Employers are also required by law to provide protections from lead exposure. If you’re concerned about lead exposure at your job, Cal/OSHA’s Lead in the Workplace Helpline can provide more information: (866) 627-1587.

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