This week, our client Starlena Stevenson was awarded $3 million by a Baltimore City jury in her lawsuit over exposure to lead-based paint when she was a child. The jury award consists of $1 million in economic damages and $2 million in non-economic damages.
Stevenson has permanent brain damage because she was exposed to chipped lead paint between 1991 and 1992. During the trial, one of the medical experts who testified said Stevenson had lost five to six IQ points and had cognitive deficits and behavior problems because she was exposed to lead paint.
Stevenson was tested in October 1992 for lead in her blood and the level was 14 mcg/dl. This is much higher than the 5 mcg/dl action level stated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June 2012. However, the CDC also said there is no safe level of lead in the blood.
The lawsuit was filed against S&S Partnership, which is owned by General Partner Stanley Rochkind and managed by Dear Management and Construction Company. This company was started by Rochkind back in 1984.
This is the third verdict issued in this case in excess of $1.3 million. The first trial in this lawsuit happened in March 2014. The result was a verdict of $1.363 million in favor of the victim.
The judge granted a JNOV motion from the defense and ordered a new trial only about the damages in the case. The second trial happened in October 2014, and the verdict this time was $1.3 million. However, the defense appealed and the verdict was overturned and the case was sent for a new trial.
The latest trial started on December 10 and ended on December 19 after eight hours of jury deliberations resulted in the $3 million verdict for the victim.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury from exposure to lead-based paint, our Maryland lead paint poisoning lawyers can review your situation in a free, no obligation legal consultation. If you have a case and decide to proceed, you will not be charged for our services unless you are fairly compensated for your damages.