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On behalf of Riley | Ersoff LLP posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

Most families understand the risks lead poisoning has on their children – often leading to significant brain and nervous system damage. However, lead poisoning can impact your unborn child if the mother is exposed to lead during pregnancy.

If a pregnant woman ingests lead through breathing or swallowing, it will pass from the mother to the baby – impacting both people’s health including: risk of miscarriage, baby is born prematurely or too small, hurts the baby’s brain, kidneys and nervous system, and cause future learn or behavior problems.

It’s incredibly important for pregnant women to know what factors puts them at risk for lead poisoning and what they can do about it.

Lead Poisoning and Pregnancy: What puts me at risk?

According to the National Capital Poison Center, pregnant women should be tested for lead if they have any of these risk factors:

  1. Recent arrival to the U.S. from a country with a lot of environmental lead
  2. Living near a source of lead, for example lead mines or battery recycling plants
  3. Working in a lead industry or living with someone who does
  4. Having a lead-based hobby, for example stained glass
  5. Using lead-based pottery for food or drinks
  6. Using lead-based cosmetics, such as imported kohl or sarma
  7. Using spices, herbs, or medicines that could be contaminated with lead
  8. Repairing or renovating a home with lead paint
  9. Living in a home with lead in the water pipes
  10. Having a history of lead poisoning; lead is stored in bone for decades and is released into the blood during pregnancy
  11. Living with someone with a high lead level

Even pregnant women with only one risk factor can have lead poisoning, so every pregnant women should check with a health care professional about lead risks and if blood testing is needed.

Contact Riley | Ersoff LLP

If your pregnancy was impacted by lead poisoning due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorneys at Riley | Ersoff LLP for a free consultation 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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