Lead Paint: Renovation Dangers
Lead was used extensively as an additive to paint products until the late 1970s, when its dangers were noted and it was banned from the United States market. Although after 1978 lead paint was no longer used in new homes, houses from before that time still contain lead-based paint products. Therefore, people living in older homes should exercise caution whenever renovating to ensure that they are not exposed to dangerous lead particles.
Lead is hazardous when inhaled or ingested. Any type of sanding or sawing done in the course of home renovation can release lead particles into the air, putting anyone in the area at risk of exposure to lead. In addition, peeling or chipped paint is especially dangerous to young children who might put the paint into their mouths. If you decide to renovate your older home, make sure to educate yourself in the proper way to handle lead paint and check that any contractor you hire is certified in lead-based paint removal methods.
Lead can affect vital developmental systems in the body and thus presents the most danger to young children. Children exposed to lead show behavioral and developmental problems later in life. Exposure to large amounts of lead can lead to immediate symptoms in children, similar to those of the flu. These symptoms include pain in the abdomen, loss of appetite, constipation, lethargy, and even seizures. If you believe that your child has been exposed to lead, your doctor can provide a simple blood test to check for lead poisoning.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to lead and diagnosed with a health condition, you should seek compensation for your medical and financial losses from the negligent party. The Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can evaluate your situation and help you determine your legal options. Contact our offices today at 877-327-2600.