Lead Poisoning Could Affect Children Later in Life, Even With Low Levels
According to new research, lead poisoning during early childhood could be harmful and potentially lead to high blood pressure later in life, even if only low levels of lead are found in the blood. The lead poisoning attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. review potential cases for children who have been diagnosed with elevated lead blood levels, to determine if financial compensation may be available.
Lead poisoning occurs when there is an increased intake of lead into the body, which is most commonly caused by toxic lead paint that is still present in many homes throughout Baltimore City and other metropolitan areas.
Although lead paint was banned thirty years ago in 1978, poorly maintained rental homes or older buildings may still have flaking paint that young children could suck on or ingest, causing elevated lead blood levels. Young children are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning injuries, as their developing brains could be harmed by the toxic chemicals.
Lead poisoning at high levels is most commonly associated with cognitive injuries, developmental problems, brain damage, seizures, mental retardation, coma or death. However, new research suggests that even the presence of low levels of lead in the blood during early years of growth and development can cause problems.
According to a study presented at the American Physiological Society annual meeting in New Orleans last week, “even low levels of lead could have a profound impact on the health of a child.” It could adversely affect a child’s cardiovascular response to stress and may even be linked to incidences of high blood pressure later in life.
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For children who have suffered severe injuries as a result of lead poisoning, our attorneys may be able to obtain financial compensation. To review a potential claim, request a free consultation.