Lead poisoning is a serious problem for children and many states, such as New Hampshire, have taken measures to fight lead poisoning. If you and your child live in an apartment and the appropriate measures were not taken to fight lead poisoning, you may want to get in contact with a lead poisoning lawyer to seek compensation for the damages you and your child have suffered.
Resources Are Provided to Building Owners
There is no excuse for apartment building owners to have lead. Funds are supplied by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to make sure that all lead is removed. But even without these programs, apartment building owners are negligent if they do not remove lead.
If you believe that your child has been exposed to lead, you will want to find out if your state has any universal lead testing programs. If your child is exposed to lead, you will want to have your child checked out by a doctor and possibly a specialist who is experienced in lead poisoning cases.
The Responsibility of the Landlord
A landlord is responsible for making sure that the tenants of their property are protected from lead poisoning and other hazards. Therefore, the landlord falls under strict liability. For example, a landlord needs to make sure that the tenants are protected from dangerous metals such as lead. If you believe that this was not the case, you'll want to speak with a lead poisoning attorney.
An apartment that has toxic metals will be considered unlivable. Therefore, the landlord must perform adequate tests to make sure that there are no hazardous metals that might make you or your child sick. If the property used lead paint, the landlord will be held liable if they do not provide you with a lead paint disclosure form.
The Perfect Attorney for the Job
The best attorney to work with is one who specializes in lead poisoning cases. This type of attorney will know the long-term effects that lead poisoning will have on your child. For example, the attorney will know about the type of medical bills that you will face as you care for your child.
With the knowledge of laws governing the presence of lead on a property, the attorney will be able to craft a case for why the landlord should compensate you for your injuries by ideally settling out of court. For more information, contact a lead poisoning lawyer, such as one from Phillips and Paolicelli LLP.