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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 23, 2013

Lead poisoning is one of the leading causes of personal injury among children. Lead poisoning is described as a medical condition caused by increased level of lead in the body, interfering with basic bodily functions and processes. Lead present in the body is toxic to essential organs such as the heart, kidneys and the entire nervous system. Lead poisoning is especially damaging in children, having the ability to bring about permanent learning and behavior disorders over time. The important thing to understand about lead poisoning is it’s entirely preventable.

Parents should take precaution to limit their children’s exposure to lead and seeking medical attention should they exhibit symptoms of lead poisoning. Certain symptoms include intense abdominal pain, headache, anemia – extreme cases can include cases of seizures, come and death. Prevention is essential in preventing this common personal injury among children.

Children can become exposed to dangerous amounts of lead through a variety of ways. Lead-based paint and other contaminates such as dust are considered major risk factors among children. Lead-based paints are likely present in most houses constructed prior to 1978, the year they were finally banned throughout construction. The deterioration of these paints creates the risk of contracting lead poisoning. Children under the age of 6 are considered at higher risk as their bodies are rapidly developing.

Prevention is possible by taking a few simple precautions. Determine whether the paint or dust in your home contains lead – state or local health department officials can assist in testing. Encourage your children to wash their hands as often as possible and occasionally wash their most commonly used toys. Limit the access your child has to any room deteriorating or undergoing renovations.

While lead poisoning is a common source of personal injury among children, prevention is possible through awareness and exercising property safety measures.