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Massachusetts Lead Poisoning FAQ

1. What is Massachusetts lead poisoning?

Lead is a heavy metal which is toxic in high doses. Lead poisoning, also known as colica pictonum, saturnism, plubism, and painter’s colic, is an illness that occurs due to abnormally high levels of lead in the body, generally more than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Lead may cause adverse health affects on the cardiovascular, reproductive and nervous systems, as well as damage to the bones, kidneys and intestines. Massachusetts lead poisoning is particularly harmful to Massachusetts lead-exposed children, as it may cause serious and irreversible damage during brain development which can later lead to behavioral, learning and physical problems.

2. What are the risk factors for Massachusetts lead poisoning?

Certain lead-exposed Massachusetts residents may be at a greater risk for Massachusetts lead poisoning, including:

  • Massachusetts children. Infants and children under the age of six are more likely to suffer from Massachusetts lead poisoning than are older children and adults. This is because young children ingest a greater amount of lead from chewing lead-based paint chips and putting soil, toys and other objects that may be contaminated with lead particles in their mouths. Furthermore, young Massachusetts children absorb lead more easily into their bodies, and severe damage can be caused at even low levels of lead in the blood.

  • Massachusetts residents of old houses. Massachusetts residents living in homes constructed before 1978 should assume that their homes are painted with lead-based paint. Older Massachusetts homes undergoing renovations put Massachusetts residents at an even greater risk of inhaling dust particles that are produced.

  • Massachusetts residents with certain hobbies. Stained glass making, home renovations, auto repair, hunting with lead bullets and work with batteries or lead solder often involve exposure to high levels of lead.

  • Massachusetts foreign born residents. Massachusetts residents who were born or lived in developing countries are at a higher risk of lead poisoning. Many countries do not strictly regulate or enforce the use of lead. Massachusetts families who adopt children from another country may wish to check their child’s lead levels with a simple blood test.

3. What are the symptoms of Massachusetts lead poisoning?

The signs of Massachusetts lead poisoning are often nonspecific, range from mild to severe, and vary in children and adults. Symptoms may not appear until several months after the initial lead exposure; in some cases, individuals with high levels of lead in their blood fail to exhibit any symptoms at all. Common signs of Massachusetts lead poisoning include headaches, abdominal pain, memory loss, pain or tingling in the extremities, lethargy, weight loss and constipation.

Massachusetts children may also suffer behavioral and developmental problems.

4. What should I do if I suspect my child is suffering from Massachusetts lead poisoning?

If you believe that your child is ill due to Massachusetts lead exposure, you should seek professional medical attention immediately. Blood tests will likely be used to determine the amount of lead in your child’s blood. Fortunately, if Massachusetts lead exposure poisoning is treated early, long-term health problems can often be avoided.

Once treatment is begun, you can purchase a home-test kit to determine if there is any lead present in your Massachusetts home. It is critical to keep paint chips, contaminated clothing and positive home-test kits in a secure location. These items will serve as evidence of Massachusetts lead exposure, and will be vital in proving a Massachusetts lead poisoning claim.

You should also consult with an experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyer specializing in Massachusetts lead poisoning cases. An expert Boston, Massachusetts lead exposure injury attorney can explain your rights and help you seek full and just compensation to help pay for your medical bills and pain and suffering. If you had to miss work to care for your child, a Massachusetts lead poisoning attorney can assist you in obtaining money to pay your lost wages. Contact a skilled Boston, MA lead poisoning lawyer today by phone at 617-787-3700 or by email at info@gilhoylaw.com to make sure that your family receives all of the Massachusetts legal remedies to which it is entitled.

5. What Massachusetts products contain lead?

Lead-based paint and dust produced from this paint are the leading causes of Massachusetts lead poisoning. However, lead can also be found in many common Massachusetts household products, including certain toys, cosmetics, canned foods, pottery and water pipes.

6. How is Massachusetts lead poisoning treated?

After receiving emergency medical treatment for Massachusetts lead poisoning, the next step in treating the illness is to remove all of the sources of lead. This may mean sealing in lead paint by repainting or paneling your walls. Your local Massachusetts health department can advise you on other ways to reduce your exposure to Massachusetts lead. In severe cases of Massachusetts lead poisoning, involving lead levels that exceed 45 mcg/dL of blood, therapy may be needed to eliminate lead from the body. EDTA chelation therapy involves an injection with the chemical ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). This chemical binds to lead and causes it to be excreted in urine. It may take several sessions to treat the sick victim, and there may still be permanent damage.

7. What are my Massachusetts landlord’s responsibilities with regard to the presence of lead?

You have a right to know about the presence of lead before you lease or rent a Massachusetts property.

Massachusetts landlords are legally obligated to provide a prospective Massachusetts tenant with information regarding any possible lead hazards on the premises prior to signing a Massachusetts lease on an apartment or a house constructed before 1978. The Massachusetts landlord must provide all known information regarding any lead that is present on the property to tenants with or without children. All of the following documents must be given to the potential Massachusetts tenants before a Massachusetts rental agreement is finalized:

  • The Massachusetts Tenant Lead Law Notification and Certification Form
  • The most recent lead inspection report
  • A Letter of Compliance or Letter of Interim Control if any work to remove lead from the
  • Massachusetts property was conducted

Additionally, if a prospective Massachusetts tenant asks a Massachusetts real estate agent if there is lead on a property, the Massachusetts real estate agent must truthfully disclose any known information regarding the presence of lead. Massachusetts real estate agents who fail to warn Massachusetts tenants about lead that they know to exist on the property may be held liable for deception under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, M.G.L. c. 93A.

According to federal law, both real estate agents and property owners that are renting private and public housing, housing receiving federal assistance, or federally owned housing constructed prior to 1978 are obligated to provide additional information to prospective tenants. Real estate agents and Massachusetts property owners must notify potential Massachusetts tenants of any known lead-based paint on the premises and provide a copy of all reports regarding the presence of lead on the property as well as a government pamphlet called “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.” In addition, all signed statements and written agreements, including the Massachusetts lease, must warn of potential lead hazards and acknowledge that the landlord complied with all notification requirements. If Massachusetts real estate agents or Massachusetts property owners fail to provide required or correct information to prospective Massachusetts tenants, they may be sued for triple the amount of damages, plus attorney’s fees and expenses, which were caused by any Massachusetts lead injuries that arose from their negligence.

8. What is discrimination based on the presence of lead?

Under Massachusetts law, it is illegal for a Massachusetts property owner or Massachusetts real estate agent to refuse to lease a property contaminated with lead to a pregnant woman or family with young children just because they do not want to spend money to de-lead the Massachusetts property. Massachusetts real estate agents and Massachusetts property owners that deny leases to Massachusetts pregnant women or Massachusetts families in order to avoid disclosing information on lead hazards or paying for the removal of the lead may be held liable for violating anti-discrimination laws and be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

9. What do I need to prove to have a successful Massachusetts lead poisoning case?

Proving Massachusetts lead poisoning requires more than just proving exposure to lead. Massachusetts laws regarding Massachusetts consumer protection, Massachusetts health standards, and Massachusetts landlord responsibilities can be complex. Only a knowledgeable Boston, Massachusetts lead poisoning injury lawyer with expertise in technical, medical, scientific and legal issues surrounding Massachusetts lead poisoning can obtain the full and maximum compensation for victims of Massachusetts lead poisoning. The Massachusetts lead poisoning attorneys at the Boston, Massachusetts Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates have the experience and skills necessary to prove liability in Massachusetts lead poisoning claims.

Our Boston lead poisoning lawyers also work with a network of specialists who can provide information that is essential to proving a Massachusetts lead poisoning case. After exposure to lead is proven, expert testimony from a child psychologist or toxicologist can provide critical evidence that demonstrates the extent of the injuries and their origin.

 

The Boston, MA Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates is a team of Boston, MA lawyers, including expert Massachusetts lead poisoning lawyers, from some of the best law offices in Massachusetts who have been personally selected by Attorney Hoy because of their skill, experience and expertise. Many of the Boston, MA lawyers who are available to our Massachusetts clients, including expert Massachusetts lead poisoning attorneys, through referral agreements have been repeatedly selected and recognized as among the very best lawyers in Massachusetts and, indeed, the country.

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