Children and Lead Paint
Due to the colorful nature of various lead compounds, they were long considered to be excellent components for paints and pigments used in all manner of products. The rise of lead poisoning incidents exposed the hazards of this practice and the use of lead paints has been mostly eliminated, but older homes may still contain lead-based paint and even new products are sometimes inadvertently contaminated.
Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead paints due to their bodies being in a constant state of growth and development. Additionally, one of the primary means of lead contamination is the inhalation of paint dusts or the ingestion of lead-based paint, which smaller children are far more likely to experience than adults.
Lead Poisoning Symptoms
Children and adults respond differently to lead poisoning, and it is important to be able to accurately identify the signs of potential contamination. The following symptoms may indicate that a child has been exposed to a dangerous level of lead and may be suffering from lead poisoning:
- Inexplicable weight loss
- Ongoing abdominal pain
- Unusual loss of appetite
- Kidney problems
Lead-based or lead-contaminated products frequently result in the toxic substance being inhaled or consumed by children, and can lead to serious problems such as learning disabilities and behavioral issues.
If your child is suffering from lead poisoning caused by the negligent use of lead paint by a manufacturer, you may be entitled to financial compensation for related medical expenses and other damages. Contact the experienced and skilled Des Moines lead paint attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your legal options.