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Lead poisoning a serious issue in many California cities

On behalf of Riley Law Group PC posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017. 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.  Fresno, in particular, had an extremely high number of lead poisoning cases. In one area of the city, the tests showed that 13.6 percent of children had high blood lead levels. In Los Angeles, there have been several communities that have seen extremely high numbers of children who are suffering from lead poisoning. The 2012 tests show that Westlake, Koreatown and Pico Union all had lead poisoning rates around the five percent mark. After the report was released, legislators have started taking action in an effort to address the problem. A bill was introduced that would require blood level screen for all children across the state to better be able to fully identify the extent of the problem. Additionally, some communities have also implemented regulations that require landlords and homeowners to follow proper procedures regarding lead paint disposal when performing remodeling work. There is no way to reverse the adverse health conditions caused by lead paint exposure. All homes and apartments built prior to 1978 are presumed to have lead paint present, and this means that many people living in low-income housing may be exposed to lead. Officials believe that the number of children suffering from lead poisoning has only increased in the last five years. If you believe that your child has been harmed due to lead paint in your home or apartment, there are options that are available to you. You should contact an experienced attorney to determine if you may have claims for compensation against your landlord due to the injuries suffered by your child. Your attorney can make sure all of the proper tests have been conducted to determine what options will be available to you and your family.

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Does your child have lead poisoning?

On behalf of Riley Law Group PC posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017. 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.  The symptoms of lead poisoning The fact is that there are many different symptoms that could show signs of lead poisoning. Some of the most common symptoms include: Your child is more agitated than usual Your child always seems tired or lacks his or her usual energy Your child is constantly suffering from headaches or nausea Your child shows a lack of appetite Your child has learning difficulties or developmental disabilities If you suspect that your child may have lead poisoning, you should schedule an appointment with a pediatrician to have blood lead levels checked. It is possible that a previous test would have been done on your child, and you can compare the current levels with the previous tests. If the levels have went up, you might have a claim against your landlord for the harmful effects of the exposure to lead paint. What can you do to hold your landlord responsible If you believe that the apartment or home that you are renting has caused health problems for your child, you should consult an experienced lead paint exposure attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can examine your case, and determine if you may have claims against your landlord. Your attorney will also be able to help your child get the medical care that he or she needs to determine if they are suffering from lead poisoning. This will help you understand more about the impact that the exposure has caused to this point, and also will allow you take the necessary steps to prevent future harm from occurring.

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What every family should know about the dangers of lead poisoning

On behalf of Riley Law Group PC posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Lead poisoning should be a concern for everybody, especially families with young children. This is because lead poisoning can lead to long-term problems such as learning disorders that affect a child’s ability to thrive. It can also affect every organ within the body, including your heart and lungs. The worst part is that lead poisoning tends to hit the people who are least capable of defending themselves against it due to poverty or a lack of safe places to live. For this reason, we are making it a priority to spread the word about the dangers of lead and what you can do to protect your family when it is in your residence.  What Causes Lead Poisoning? People often think that poisoning happens fast like when a kid swallows antifreeze on accident. However, lead poisoning usually happens slowly over a long period of time. There are lots of things that may contain lead. These include paint, dirt, food and even toys that were made in other countries. Touching, eating and breathing these things allows lead particles to enter the body. Since lead is toxic, it creates problems in the brain, kidneys and other parts of your body. The health problems caused by lead poisoning usually begin once there is already a large amount of lead built up in the body. In some cases, this damage can be permanent. Who Is At Risk? Anyone can get lead poisoning. Kids are most at risk because their bodies are still developing. Young children also tend to place items in their mouth that expose them to lead. For example, they may chew on paint chips that have flaked off of the wall in their room. Your family is at risk for lead poisoning if you live in a home built before 1978. This is because homes before then were painted using lead-based paint. Homes built before 1950 are even more likely to contain lead. What Can You Do? Since lead poisoning does not always cause obvious symptoms in the early stages, you need to have your family’s blood tested if you fit the risk factors. Children under six years old should be tested during their well child visits, but you may need to ask their doctor to do the test. Your home can also be tested for lead, and you should check with your child’s daycare if the building was built before 1978. If you do find that lead exists in your home or your family has high levels in their blood, you will need to consult with an experienced attorney. It is important to have support when you are dealing with lead poisoning since stopping exposure is the best way to limit the damage. Reach out for help to deal with landlords and other individuals who refuse to assist you with stopping the dangers of lead from harming your family. 

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Children and lead paint: An unsafe mix

On behalf of Riley Law Group PC posted on Friday, February 10, 2017. Many people in neighborhoods across Los Angeles live in homes or apartments that have lead paint. Lead paint was very common in the 1950s, and you should check for it if your home or apartment was built before 1978. Lead paint tests can be found in many hardware stores, and can give you a good idea if your residence is impacted. The real danger of lead paint is the effect that is has upon children, especially children who are toddlers. There is no safe level of lead in the bloodstream, and anything above 5 micrograms/dL can lead to lifelong health problems including lower IQ, attention deficit disorders as well as other cognitive disabilities. This posting discusses some important issues regarding lead poisoning in children, and what you should do to protect yourself and your family. How common is lead paint poisoning in children? In California, lead paint poisoning happens much more often than you would expect. Because there are so many apartments and homes built prior to 1978, many families are living in residences where lead is present. If there is lead paint in your residence, it does not take much effort for children to become exposed to it. For example, let’s say your child is teething. In these situations, they are often looking to chew on something to help lessen some of the pain that they may be experiencing. Many windowsills are about the exact height that makes them appealing to teething children. They may chew on the window frame, which is a very common place for paint flakes and dust to accumulate, putting the child’s health at risk. It is extremely important that you clean those areas frequently, and prevent your child from being in the room when this happens. How an attorney can help if you or your children have been exposed to lead paint If you have had your child tested and he or she is above the 5 mcg/dl, it is important that you consult an attorney as soon as possible to review your options. Your landlord might be held responsible for the adverse health effects that your child will suffer due to this exposure. An attorney will be able to advise you of your rights, and aggressively seek compensation from your landlord. You might be afraid of the actions that your landlord may take against you if you file a claim, but know that your attorney will be able to stand up for you. Your landlord has an obligation to notify you if lead is present, and if they fail to take this step, you must pursue action to protect your rights. 

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