NEW YORK LEAD POISONING LAWYERS SONIN & GENIS
There is NO safe level of lead; it is a neurotoxin. It is a poison that kills brain cells that will never come back. At least 4 million households have children living in them that are being needlessly exposed to lead. There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which the Center for Disease Control [CDC] recommends public health actions be initiated.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to lead poisoning, call the successful, experienced, skilled, knowledgeable and hard-working New York Lead Poisoning Lawyers at Sonin & Genis. We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.
Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. Lead poisoning a serious health risk and illness in many New York homes and apartments because of the presence of lead, a toxic element, in the paint on the walls and other surfaces.
Lead paint has been illegal in the USA since the 1970s. Older buildings may contain hazardous lead paint, and uncaring negligent landlords fail to test for or remove or “abate” these dangerous conditions, usually having peeling, chipped or cracked painted surfaces, and needlessly expose innocent young children to unnecessary harm.
The most common sources of lead exposure for children are chips and particles of old lead paint. Although children may be directly exposed to lead from paint by ingesting paint chips, they are more commonly exposed by inhaling or touching dust or soil contaminated by leaded paint, allowing it to become absorbed into their bodies. This happens because lead paint chips become ground into tiny bits that become part of the dust and soil in and around homes. This usually occurs when leaded paint becomes old or worn or is subject to constant contact, rubbing (as on doors and windowsills and wells). In addition, lead can be scattered when paint is disturbed during destruction, remodeling, paint removal, or preparation of painted surfaces for repainting.
Lead poisoning is preventable.But some landlords refuse to take reasonable care and children are still being harmed by illegal and toxic lead paint. Most lead poisoning cases originate from rental properties where landlords choose to fail to make the necessary renovations because they put profits over the safety of children.
What makes lead poisoning so insidious is that by harming their developing brains, it robs children of their true potential; even in cases with “mild” lead poisoning, these children will never be what they could have been. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Children’s futures are at stake. The loss to their potential careers, future loss of earnings, affect on their personalities, future relationships, happiness, and loss or diminished ability to enjoyment of life is staggering.
Tragically, young children whose fragile and easily damaged developing minds and brains are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning because of their propensity to eat chipped paint and inhale paint dust while playing in areas with lead paint coming off the walls or from toys coated in lead paint.
This is where Sonin & Genis’ expert New York lead poisoning lawyers come into play, fighting to help protect your rights and avoid further damage to your family’s health.
Sonin & Genis’ experienced New York lead poisoning lawyers know exactly how to help you, and get the care and compensation your child needs.
We are proud of the fact that lawsuits like the ones we bring on behalf of needlessly injured children that have sustained lead poisoning, have caused some landlords to “get the lead out” and the number of incidences of lead poisoning in NYC has dropped, and some children have received the compensation that they deserve.
LEAD POISONING: THE SILENT KILLER
The effects of lead paint on health are quite serious; especially for the smaller, more fragile developing minds and bodies of children. An adult can take much more lead before adverse effects become apparent, but lead is toxic for everyone. Lead poisoning causes loss of potential, loss of a future, diminished earning capacity and the added costs of good special education, speech therapy and cognitive and behavioral training.
If your family has been harmed, our New York lead poisoning lawyers will fight tirelessly for justice and proper compensation in your case, ensuring any and all responsible parties are held responsible.
Some of the symptoms of lead poisoning in children include:
- Brain damage, as evidenced by low or lower IQ scores and trouble grasping concepts as easily as other children of the same age
- Delay in attaining certain developmental milestones
- Slower mental processing
- Loss or diminishment of executive function
- Psychological, emotional and behavioral problems
- Learning disabilities such as ADHD and ADD
- Stunted body growth relative to other children their age
- Chronic headaches followed by problems picking up even loud sounds
- Damage to the kidneys, which are working too hard to try and fight off the lead poisoning
- Chronic constipation that seems to develop over a few weeks or months
THE NEED FOR EXPERT NEW YORK LEAD POISONING LAWYERS
Doctors are required to routinely test all children for the presence of lead in their systems and to give anticipatory guidance to caregivers on how to recognize signs and symptoms of lead poisoning, and risk factors for lead poisoning. If any of the symptoms characteristic of lead poisoning make themselves evident in children or adults in your family, you should immediately seek professional medical care for diagnosis and treatment.
Depending on the extent of the lead poisoning, the medical provider may be required to notify the appropriate municipality to inspect and test the apartment for lead based paint. However, many children have lead poisoning but not to the extent that requires a municipal inspection to be performed, so the caregiver may not realize the source of the lead.
It is vital that you next contact a New York lead poisoning lawyer to thoroughly investigate the circumstances, gather evidence, if necessary hire a qualified inspector to determine the source of the lead poisoning, and perform medical and legal research to prove your case.
Sometimes pediatricians fail to perform mandated tests or fail to give anticipatory guidance and advice or fail to properly and promptly diagnose and treat lead poisoning. Sometimes children are unnecessarily exposed to lead in a day care center, a school or someone else’s apartment. Sometimes adult workers are needlessly exposed to harmful amounts of lead. If your child has suffered developmentally because of lead poisoning, or an adult member of your family is ill, we will vigorously pursue litigation against the parties responsible.
Sometimes parents are concerned and fearful that their children will be “labeled” and do not place them into Special Education programs. Sometimes children do well, but nowhere near what their potential was before the lead poisoning. Sometimes a neuropsychologist has never examined the child, to objectively evaluate and measure the deficits suffered.
Frequently landlords seek to evade and avoid responsibility for their negligence by denying that they knew children lived in the apartment or that they knew there was illegal and toxic lead based paint present. Even more offensive, is the claim that something other than lead poisoning is the cause of the child’s problems, and landlords try to shift the blame, pointing their finger at race, ethnicity, socio-economic background, and other family members.
Sonin & Genis’ lead poisoning lawyers are experienced dealing with all of these issues.
Sonin & Genis’ New York lead poisoning lawyers have successfully recovered damages for all harms and losses sustained due to lead poisoning, including the loss of a future or different future that the child has now been doomed to, of diminished chances for success, future loss of earnings, potential and opportunities, for the mental, emotional, psychological and behavioral injuries and medical costs incurred, including treatments well into the future, as well as legal fees and the cost of moving to new, safe location.
Our thorough knowledge of the law is crucial to our superior representation of the victims of lead poisoning, including:
- New York City Administrative Code [§27-2056, §17-900 through 1910],
- State laws, codes and regulations [Control of Lead Poisoning – NYS Public Health Law, Title 10 of Article 13 (Amended April 2009), NYS Regulations for Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control – NYCRR Title X, Part 67 (Amended June 2009), Public Health Law Section 2168 – Statewide Immunization Registry, and
- Federal Codes, Rules and Regulations, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) among others, and 40 CFR Part 745 – Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention in Certain Residential Structures, Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) Rule, Lead Abatement Program: Training and Certification Program for Lead-based Paint Activities (TSCA sections 402/404): Residential Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Program (Section 1018 of Title X), Residential Hazard Standards for Lead in Paint, Dust and Soil (TSCA Section 403),
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and medical publications and articles.
You need a lawyer that understands and knows the medicine and mechanism of injury and is able to educate and teach a jury the significance and permanent consequences of these harms and losses, so that a fair jury can provide the helps and fixes that justice requires. You need a lawyer that has the knowledge and ability to successfully cross-examine the stable of defense doctors and litigation experts that the insurance companies routinely rely on to deny liability, causation and damages to deprive injured people their fair compensation.
We have an excellent medical, forensic and engineering reference library. We read and research medical and other journals regularly. Our lawyers have taught Continuing Legal Education Classes and published articles on handling these types of cases and these issues. Our knowledge, hard work and skill have enabled us to win many significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.
We combat the racist “ABL” [Anything But Lead] defense with science and medicine. Sunshine is the best disinfectant.
It’s important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured due to exposure to lead on premises – whether a building, a school or day care center – that is owned, operated, managed or funded by the City, such as Housing Preservation & Development [HPD] or the Department of Education, a County, a Public Authority, such as the New York City Housing Authority [NYCHA], was improperly treated at the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation [NYCH&HC], was exposed to lead while working on projects involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA], New York City Transit Authority [NYCTA], Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority [MABSTOA], Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit Authority, Port Authority of NY & NJ, New York Sports Authority (or countless other public entities), the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury, and sometimes even sooner. Some private entities receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!
At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Lead Poisoning lawyers at Sonin & Genis.
There are short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, so it is important to act quickly!
If you or a loved one has suffered from lead poisoning call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert New York lead poisoning lawyer today.
*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on lead poisoning cases