Believe it or not, many people think that lead poisoning is a problem of the past. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Lead poisoning is a big problem in today’s day and age, and there is a good chance that this will continue for many years to come.
Did you know that every year roughly 310,000 children in the United States are poisoned by lead? This does not even take into consideration those that live in other parts of the world.
Lead contaminated dust in the home is the number one source of lead poisoning. Even though the number of children in the US with elevated blood lead levels is declining (from 13.5 million in 1978), the problem still exists.
While children are at greater risk, adults need to be careful to avoid lead poisoning as well. Most adults who are poisoned by lead find this to be a direct result of their working environment. This can be a side effect of the refining, lead smelting, and manufacturing industries.
One of the most common causes of lead poisoning in both children and adults is lead based paint that was commonly used in the 1970’s and earlier. When scraping lead paint it is important to take all proper precautions during the process, while also properly cleaning their area upon completion.
As you can see, even though lead poisoning is not as common as it was in the past, it is still a big problem.
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.