Lead Paint Poisoning Lawyers

Lead-based paint is a major source of lead poisoning for children.

Lead-based paint is a major source of lead poisoning for children and can also affect adults. In children, lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain damage and can impair mental functioning. Unfortunately, many homes across the country still contain lead paint. Lead is highly toxic so once a person has been exposed to lead, there is little that can be done to undo the damage. These injuries can result in a lifetime need for medical attention and loss of financial stability.

Lead exposure mostly occurs as a result of living in properties where children were or are exposed to chipping and peeling paint, lead paint dust or contaminated soil. Typically, the landlords did not properly maintain the property. In particular, the landlords did not remove the lead-based paint by sanding the painted surfaces and repainting with a non-lead based paint.

Children who are under six years of age at the time of exposure are most susceptible. Studies have consistently shown lead paint poisoning can cause any of the following problems:

  • Attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity
  • Behavioral problems. Examples are inability to control temper and other impulses
  • Learning problems
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory problems

The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl has one of the most experienced groups of lead paint poisoning attorneys in the entire region. We aggressively pursue a lawsuit against all responsible landlords and/or property managers. Our lawyers use the most highly regarded psychological, vocational and economic experts so that the best possible case can be put forward. We have consistently obtained settlements and jury verdicts that are among the highest in Maryland.

Can an adult file a lawsuit based upon his or her exposure as a young child?

As long as the adult has not yet turned 21 years of age, he or she can still sue the person responsible, negligent landlords and/or property managers. For example, when children are exposed at one, two, three or four years of age, their parent or guardian are not even aware of the exposure due to their young age. In Maryland, a lawsuit can be filed for a child, but it has to be started by a “next friend” – usually a parent or grandparent. However, it is our experience that many children exposed to lead paint, and who had elevated lead levels in their blood, never had a parent or grandparent or other adult guardian pursue a claim for them. Under Maryland law, these young adults who had elevated lead levels in their blood when they were very young children can still file a claim after they reach age 18, but not after they are 21 years of age. Any young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who believe they had elevated blood lead levels when they were children should contact our office for a free consultation. We highly recommend doing so right away because no claim can be brought after 21 years of age.

If you want more information about our lead paint poisoning practice, or would like a free analysis of your, or a family member’s, potential case, please call us at 800-303-4930. Our firm welcomes the opportunity to help.