Holding Landlords Accountable For Lead-Based Paint
It has been more than 30 years since Congress outlawed the use of lead in house paints. Yet occupants of older homes and apartment buildings may be exposed to toxic levels of lead from old layers of paint. Children are especially vulnerable to contact with lead paint and more prone to adverse health effects.
New York slumlords who have no decency and no respect for themselves or those who live in their buildings will be sued and we will aggressively pursue not only insurance monies but the personal assets of these slumlords.
The Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm has successfully sued New York City landlords on behalf of apartment building tenants for lasting harm from lead paint exposure. We are skilled at making the medical connection between lead paint and specific neurological damage, and we are committed to maximum compensation for medical treatment, special services and the lifelong impact on quality of life.
Do you suspect lead paint in your apartment? We handle cases in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Contact us for a free case evaluation.
Premises Liability For Lead Paint In NYC Apartment Buildings
House paint manufactured before 1978 was commonly formulated with lead. As old layers of paint peel from walls and radiators, the flakes of paint may be licked, ingested or inhaled by toddlers and children. Lead paint dust stirred up during sanding or remodeling is also toxic to adults or children in the home. Plumbing in older buildings often contains lead pipes, lead faucets or lead solder, which can leach into drinking water.
The developing brains and nervous systems of unborn children, babies and young children are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning. The damage may manifest as learning disabilities, low IQ, behavior problems, sensory deficits, stunted growth or kidney damage. Those children may have problems in school and limited job prospects later in life.
Founding attorney Howard Raphaelson obtained a $500,000 settlement on behalf of a 10-year-old child who had ingested paint chips in his NYC apartment. We demonstrated the high levels of lead in the home and worked with neurological experts and other professionals to establish the link to the child's learning disabilities and problems at school. Seeing that we were willing to try the case, the insurance company settled the case prior to jury selection.
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Even mild lead poisoning can have permanent effects on cognitive, neurological and physical development. If you suspect that your child was exposed to lead paint because of a landlord's negligence, call Raphaelson & Levine at 212-268-3222 or 800-LAWS-WORK (529-7967) or contact us online. We offer a free consultation with a New York City lead paint poisoning attorney.