According to a report issued by the Public Health Services Branch of the New Jersey Department of Health in 2016, nearly 5,000 New Jersey children have toxic levels of lead in their blood systems. If your child has been exposed to toxic levels of lead through exposure to antiquated water pipes or residential lead hazards, you may have recourse. An experienced attorney can help you defend your legal rights, which may help you gain compensation for lead poisoning in infants New Jersey.
What Are the Symptoms of Acute Lead Poisoning?
Lead found in the dust from older buildings, as pipe residues in drinking water or in contaminated air accumulate slowly within the body. No lead level is “safe,” but higher lead levels are associated with more severe symptoms such as:
- Learning difficulties
- Developmental delays
- Mood volatility
- Abdominal discomfort
What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Lead Poisoning?
Lead poisoning manifests most often as a chronic rather than acute condition. The long-term effects of toxic lead levels in the blood and body include:
- Nervous system damage
- Profound developmental delay
- Kidney damage
- Auditory damage
- Diminished muscle and bone growth
- Decreased muscle coordination
When women with elevated blood lead levels give birth, their infants are much more likely to be born prematurely, have low birth weights and to show marked delays in physical and developmental growth.
What Causes Lead Poisoning?
The number one precipitating factor for lead exposure is paint. Although lead-based paints have been banned in the U.S. since 1978, it’s still most likely on the walls of any house or apartment built prior to that year. Most lead poisoning in young children happens when those kids pick up tiny chips of deteriorating paint and put those chips in their mouths. Children have higher metabolisms than adults, so any lead they ingest is likely to be absorbed more quickly.
People at the low end of the financial scale are most likely to find housing in older homes where lead paint is not remediated. There’s a higher risk of lead poisoning among members of poor and ethnic communities.