As one of the most silent and invisible forms of personal injury, lead poisoning has put far too many children at risk throughout the State of New Jersey. Based on a nj.com report, health officials have proposed new and stricter standards that should allow children suffering from lead poisoning quicker access to health services in addition to having their homes (as the site of exposure ) examined sooner. A major change made by New Jersey health officials is the proposed lowering of the blood-level threshold said to determine whether a child exposed to toxic lead requires follow-up care and whether an environmental investigation is needed to determine its source.
According to the article, health officials are now aware that lead levels once thought to be tolerable are now known to be far too dangerous, especially when it comes to children. Depending on the level of lead exposure, some of the injuries children could encounter from lead poisoning may include, but are not limited to:
- Developmental problems
- Damage to normal growth
- Severe brain damage
- Wrongful death
As skilled New Jersey child injury lawyers, we highly support the new proposed standards and hope that they help children get the care they need to recover from such serious toxic exposure. Even though commissioners have said that the new regulations will not be implemented until spring of next year, it is extremely important that something is finally being done to help curb toxic lead poisoning that causes child injury. The article stated that a 2008 report by New Jersey’s public advocate revealed that childhood lead poisoning was a “stubborn and enduring” problem, particularly in areas with the oldest housing, which includes Newark, Camden, and Trenton.
If you believe that your child has suffered from lead poisoning or has endured any other kind of injury due to another person’s negligence, the experienced child injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein can help. Contact our personal injury law firm today for a free consultation.
Source article: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/10/nj_health_officials_propose_ti.html