We have all seen the news regarding the tainted water supply in Flint, Michigan. What seems so far away may be a problem in communities throughout California as well. A recent study of blood-lead levels in children by Reuters has shown that many cities across the state have seen a high number of lead poisoning cases affecting children, rivaling the numbers present in Flint.
The study examined data from 2012, which is the most recent year that blood lead level samples were available. According to the report, there were extremely high rates of blood lead levels in the Bay Area, as well as Los Angeles.
Fresno, in particular, had an extremely high number of lead poisoning cases. In one area of the city, the tests showed that 13.6 percent of children had high blood lead levels. In Los Angeles, there have been several communities that have seen extremely high numbers of children who are suffering from lead poisoning. The 2012 tests show that Westlake, Koreatown and Pico Union all had lead poisoning rates around the five percent mark.
After the report was released, legislators have started taking action in an effort to address the problem. A bill was introduced that would require blood level screen for all children across the state to better be able to fully identify the extent of the problem. Additionally, some communities have also implemented regulations that require landlords and homeowners to follow proper procedures regarding lead paint disposal when performing remodeling work.
There is no way to reverse the adverse health conditions caused by lead paint exposure. All homes and apartments built prior to 1978 are presumed to have lead paint present, and this means that many people living in low-income housing may be exposed to lead.
Officials believe that the number of children suffering from lead poisoning has only increased in the last five years. If you believe that your child has been harmed due to lead paint in your home or apartment, there are options that are available to you.
You should contact an experienced attorney to determine if you may have claims for compensation against your landlord due to the injuries suffered by your child. Your attorney can make sure all of the proper tests have been conducted to determine what options will be available to you and your family.