Despite the fact that lead has been removed from gasoline and paint for a while now, lead poisoning still exists as a health threat. It exists because it is still found in dust from disintegrating paint, among other things. In addition, the recent recalls of various toys and other objects shows just how prevalent lead is in paints from other countries.
Lead poisoning is also known as saturnism, plumbism, or painter’s colic. It is a medical condition caused by increased levels of lead in the blood. Unfortunately, it can cause irreversible neurological damage as well as renal disease, cardiovascular problems, and reproductive toxicity. The current, modern level of understanding of the full risks and dangers of lead is relatively recent knowledge. There is still no known threshold for safe exposure to lead.
The symptoms of lead poisoning are numerous and varied, to say the least. They can include reduced cognitive abilities, nausea, abdominal pain, irritability, insomnia, excessive lethargy, and excessive hyperactivity. In adults, lead toxicity can cause a thin, bluish line to appear along the gums. This line is known as Burton’s line. Unfortunately, it infrequently makes an appearance in young children so cannot be used as a diagnostic tool in children.
Lead poisoning has a documented effect on both the peripheral and central nervous systems. Reducing the hazards of lead requires both individual actions and public policy regulations.
Children are most frequently exposed to lead. They are most frequently exposed via lead-contaminated household dust. This is particularly true in older houses that might have lead paint underneath the surface layer of unleaded paint.
If you have been affected by lead poisoning due to the presence of lead in a household object, please contact the Lake Geneva lead poisoning lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-275-1729 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.