Lead is a toxin which is particularly dangerous to children. Exposure to
lead can cause learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, decreased
intelligence, and emotional and behavioral problems.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend public health
actions be taken if a child’s blood lead levels exceed 5 mg/dL,
but recognizes “No safe blood lead level in children has been identified.”
Both Federal and Indiana law require persons selling or renting homes built
before 1978 to provide prospective purchases and tenants with information
about lead hazards. In 2010, George & Farinas successfully argued
Erwin v. Roe before the Indiana Court of Appeals. This case helped establish protections
for children injured by lead when landlords fail to properly disclose
the lead hazards on their property.
If you or someone you know has a child who has been exposed to lead, please
contact George & Farinas to discuss your rights.
Important Facts About Lead
- the CDC estimates at least 4 million households have children living
in them who are being exposed to high levels of lead
- there is
no known “safe” level of lead exposure
- lead is especially dangerous to children
- a large percentage of homes built prior to 1978 contain lead paint
- lead causes brain injury. Studies show it can lower intelligence, lead
to behavior problems, and contribute to emotional issues.