Bakersfield Lead Poisoning Lawyer
Bakersfield has some of the highest lead poisoning rates in the entire state of California. Even though most homes here have been built in the last 30 years, the city is known for the lower incomes earned in the area. Those lower incomes, and the unemployment rate which is higher than the rest of the state, make it more difficult for people to make renovations that can eliminate toxic substances such as lead. People sometimes become sick from lead poisoning due to the negligent actions of another person. In these cases, the negligent party can be held liable for their actions and victims can receive compensation for the losses they have suffered. Our Bakersfield lead poisoning lawyer can help you claim the full settlement you deserve.Long Term Effects of Lead Poisoning
Children and adults alike can suffer very grave consequences when they are exposed to lead. Once lead makes its way into the body, it is not recognized as a toxin and so, it is distributed throughout the bloodstream. For children, this is particularly dangerous and they may eventually suffer from certain conditions, including:
- Lack of muscle coordination
- Hearing issues
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioral issues
- Attention deficit disorder
- Kidney damage
- Lower intelligence
- Damage to the nervous system
- Reduced bone and muscle growth
Being exposed to even low levels of lead can result in the above health problems. As lead levels increase, children may also experience seizures, unconsciousness, and even wrongful death. If you suspect you or your children have been exposed to lead, reach out to a lead poisoning lawyer in Bakersfield for help.Determining Liability in Lead Poisoning Cases
Lead poisoning is often caused by lead-based paint that chips and flakes. This results in lead being released into the air where it is then consumed by the people within a home or other structure. When lead pipes are used in a plumbing system, the toxic substance can enter the water supply, which is then consumed by people within a home. Currently, there are laws intended to prevent lead poisoning from these sources, but people do not always comply with them. When that is the case, they can be held liable for lead poisoning. The most common liable parties in lead poisoning lawsuits are as follows:
- Landlords: Landlords are required to inform tenants of the presence of lead on the property before a lease is signed.
- Property managers: Property owners and landlords may hire a property management company to maintain the property for them. These entities are responsible for ensuring the premises are always safe.
- Government entity: If a government entity, such as a school, contains lead the government entity is responsible for correcting the condition.
- Contractors: The dangers of lead poisoning have been known since the 1970s and many people have hired contractors to remove the source of lead in a home. Contractors must ensure the lead is fully and completely removed, and that it is removed safely.
If you or a loved one has suffered from exposure, a Bakersfield lead poisoning attorney at Brod Law Firm can determine who is liable and hold them accountable for paying the full damages you deserve. Call us now at (800) 427-7020 or reach out to us online to schedule a free case evaluation.