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NYC Child Lead Poisoning Down, But Rate Still Too High

In 2012, there were 923 reported cases of New York City children suffering lead poisoning. The City’s health department reports that this figure reveals a 66 percent decline from 2005 and evidences an improvement in lead poisoning prevention. There were 1,183 children poisoned by lead in 2011.

It’s a relief to see the number of lead poisoning in children decreasing, but there are still many NYC landlords who fail to remove peeling lead paint in accordance with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 2005. Every instance of lead poisoning can cause profound harm to the young victim.

The side effects of lead poisoning in children include:

  • Kidney damage
  • Reduced IQ
  • Behavioral problems
  • Developmental problems
  • Anemia
  • Seizures
  • Muscle weakness

If you believe your child is suffering from lead poisoning, seek immediate medical attention. Toxicology tests can discover unsafe lead levels in the bloodstream.

If your child has been harmed by lead poisoning due to the negligence of your landlord, daycare provider, or other negligent party, an experienced NYC lead poisoning attorney can help you examine your legal rights for recovering money damages.

For more information about lead poisoning, visit this page from the National Institutes of Health.

Source: CBS New York, “Health Officials: Lead Poisoning In NYC Children At Record Low,” Oct. 4, 2013

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