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Lead poisoning can cause permanent harm in young children. If you or your loved one has suffered lead poisoning in your rental home or apartment from deteriorated lead-based paint, you deserve financial compensation.  But what are your rights? What can you do to protect yourself and your family? 

That’s not an easy answer but the first step to obtaining answers to your questions is to call the attorneys at Riley | Ersoff LLP. We have prosecuted more lead poisoning cases than any other firm in California and work on cases throughout the state including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland. Call us, we’re here to help.


Lead poisoning is impossible to confirm without a capillary or venous blood test.  Hair sampling and other forms of so-called lead testing are inadequate, insufficient and do not hold up in court.  

Lead poisoning is typically caused by deteriorated lead-based paint and lead dust in homes built prior to 1978. If you have an older rental home or apartment with peeling, cracked, chipped or flaking paint and you believe your child was both exposed to and ingested lead-based paint or lead dust, look for the following symptoms:

  • Learning Difficulties
  • AHDH
  • Oppositional Behavior

In extreme cases of lead poisoning, your child can suffer from:

  • Weight Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation,
  • Hearing Loss
  • Seizures.

If you believe that your child was exposed to ingested deteriorated lead-based paint, call your child’s physician and get a blood test right away. Don’t wait! Lead poisoning causes permanent harm. There is no safe lead level. Any amount of lead in a child’s blood can cause harm.  


If your child was the victim of lead poisoning because your landlord failed to identify and abate deteriorated lead-based paint, you can file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries.

Hiring an attorney who is skilled and experienced in prosecuting lead poisoning cases is the only way to ensure that you receive a full and fair settlement or jury trial.


Calculating lead poisoning settlements can be difficult and time-consuming.

An experienced attorney knows how to prove injuries and ensure you recover your full compensation amount.  Settlement calculations usually include the following categories:

  • The extent of your child’s neurological harm
  • Your pain, suffering, and emotional distress from watching your child’s deficit behavior
  • Your child’s future pain, suffering and emotional distress

In some circumstances, if your landowner or property manager willfully and intentionally neglected to inform you or another tenant of a lead problem on the premises, the judge may award punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded to punish a defendant for egregious conduct.

How Long Does a Lead Poisoning Case Take?

Filing and prosecuting a lead poisoning case and receiving compensation can take anywhere from 12-24 months. Factors that affect the time required to file and prosecute a lead poisoning case include:

  • The time is takes to obtain and review all relevant medical records
  • The time required to review health department records regarding the landlord and the property
  • The time it takes to conduct neurological testing of your child.  This includes assessments by a developmental pediatrician, neuropsychologist, educational psychologist, speech pathologist and other experts
  • The landlord’s willingness to settle
  • The court’s schedule

Although this sounds like a long time – and it is – landlords and their insurance companies do not care about you and your child. They are going to fight the case and do everything possible to delay honoring your family’s claim.

However, through perseverance, hard work, and years of experience, Riley | Ersoff LLP has recovered millions of dollars for victims of lead poisoning.


If your child has suffered lead poisoning, seek medical attention for your child immediately. The medical report you receive will help you prove your case and strengthen your argument in court.

After you receive medical treatment, contact a qualified lead poisoning attorney. The team at Riley | Ersoff LLP has extensive experience handling lead poisoning cases.

Our dedicated team will provide you hands-on legal services and thoroughly investigate your case. We will answer your questions and help you through the process. For a free consultation, call our office at 866-548-6137 or fill out our online form today. 

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Grant Riley

Grant Riley is a sophisticated, proactive, and aggressive attorney with 35 years of in-the-trenches experience litigating complex, big-money disputes. Grant is every landlord’s worst nightmare. He has prosecuted hundreds of slum housing, lead poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning cases and other complex personal injury cases against greedy slumlords and their insurers. Grant, his partner Victoria Ersoff, and his team of lawyers at Riley | Ersoff LLP are responsible for collecting more than $100,000,000 on behalf of hundreds of low income, immigrant, inner-city tenants and others who had no other options and nowhere else to go. If you’ve been harmed, injured, abused or ignored by a landlord, a greedy corporation, or their insurance company, call us. We’ve got the smarts, the experience, and the drive to help you get exactly what you deserve – justice.

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