Although lead poisoning and related issues have died off a bit since the 1970’s and 80’s, this is still a problem that you need to be aware of. Once you take a closer look at the statistics you will see that this is still a major problem.
Before moving onto the statistics, it is important to first know what lead poisoning is. Simply put, this is a condition that occurs when an individual is exposed to lead for an extended period of time. Lead levels must be above the Maximum Contaminant Level.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has set a lofty goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning by 2010. This is a huge goal because there are more than 300,000 children in the US with an elevated level of lead in their blood. When compared to millions of cases 30 years ago, you can see that a lot of progress has been made.
Many states, including Virginia, are taking the initiative in decreasing the number of lead poisoning cases in their state. For instance, the Lead Safe Virginia Program has successfully lowered the number of confirmed cases from 868 in 1997 to 430 in 2006. Virginia is definitely on pace to reach the national goal set forth by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
A blood lead level in excess of 10 micrograms is considered a dangerous. Even though lead poisoning statistics are improving this problem is not totally under control. Hopefully by 2010 lead poisoning cases will be very rare.
If you or your child has been a victim of lead poisoning you need to know your legal rights. Do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. for a free Virginia lead poisoning consultation.