Homes and apartments built before 1978 are likely to contain lead-based paint. California property owners and landlords have no obligation to remove the lead-based paint in their rental units. However, landlords do have a duty to notify tenants of known lead dangers in a written disclosure. They must also give the tenant a federal pamphlet that contains information on how to avoid lead poisoning. Lead from paint, paint chips and/or dust containing lead can be extremely harmful to people who come into contact with them. Children who are exposed to lead-based paint can suffer permanent brain damage and other life-altering conditions. Contact our lead poisoning attorneys if you believe that you or your child has suffered from lead exposure. We may be able to assist you in filing a premises liability lawsuit to recover compensation.
For more than 20 years, Castelblanco Law Group, APLC has been representing renters who have suffered from lead exposure. Our lead poisoning attorneys have negotiated several million-dollar settlements and high-dollar verdicts on behalf of tenants. We are here to assist renters in California who believe they suffered lead poisoning due to their landlord’s negligence. Whether or not your landlord may be liable depends on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. If you or your child was exposed to lead-based paint in a rental unit, our experienced lead poisoning attorneys can help you get the financial resources you need. Do not let your landlord endanger you or your family; call us today.
Lead poisoning can cause severe learning and behavioral problems in children. The most common cause of lead poisoning in children is exposure to lead dust in the home. If a home’s paint contains lead, then, over time, tiny particles from the paint become part of the household’s dust. This dust can easily transfer to a child’s hands, clothing, toys, and other items. Infant cribs and toddler beds positioned near windows and window sills that have lead-based paint can easily expose children to this toxic chemical. Children six years and younger are most at risk for lead poisoning as they are still developing and are prone to putting things in their mouths.
For children, the early stages of lead poisoning may include symptoms such as:
However, these symptoms are subtle and easy to overlook. In fact, most children who experience lead poisoning do not look or act sick at all, in the early stages. A lead test is the only way to know if your child is suffering from lead poisoning. If this test is positive, then avoiding further exposure to lead or lead-based products is critical. Treatment may include medications to aid in the removal of lead from the body. Contact your child’s doctor to get the required tests as soon as possible if you suspect he or she has been exposed to lead.
Lead-based paint was commonly used prior to 1978. As a result, residents of houses and apartments built before that year have the greatest risk of lead poisoning. The older your rental unit is, the more likely it is that the paint contains high levels of lead. More than 80 percent of housing in Los Angeles was built prior to 1978. By law, your landlord must give you written notice if your unit contains lead. Nevertheless, landlords and property owners may fail to give you proper notice to protect their profits. If you believe that your unit may contain lead paint, even though you received no warning, then contact our attorneys for advice on how to proceed.
In addition to giving you notice of known risks, landlords also have a duty to mitigate your exposure to lead in other circumstances. If a landlord makes renovations to a property built prior to 1978, then he or she must use a contractor who is certified in lead-based paint removal processes. However, landlords sometimes do renovations themselves to cut costs. This may leave the next tenant exposed to lead dangers. The landlord may be liable for any injuries or illnesses that result under these circumstances.
If your rental unit has recently had repairs that included sanding or work was done near lead paint, then you may be at a great risk for lead exposure. It is important to address lead paint issues promptly, to avoid permanent injury due to lead poisoning. Contact an attorney from our law firm today if you have concerns about the safety of your living space.
Castelblanco Law Group, APLC is a California renters rights law firm that represents individuals poisoned by lead. We have been representing tenants with similar claims for more than 20 years. Contact our office at (213) 893-8881 if you believe that you or your child has suffered lead poisoning. We can and will help.