Decades ago, Americans learned about the health dangers associated with the toxic metal lead. As a result, some product manufacturers discontinued its use in the 1970s. However, damage from lead poisoning still impacts residents, especially young children, in Connecticut.
Poisoning due to lead exposure causes health and developmental issues such as:
- Brain damage
- Mental or neurological problems
- Diminished growth and development
- Hearing problems
- Muscle weakness
Three years ago, Connecticut public radio highlighted the alarming rate of lead poisoning in children in the state. It is safe to assume that these risks remain present in many areas of Connecticut.
Can you sue someone for lead poisoning?
It is possible. In 1978, the government banned lead from most consumer products. Unfortunately, the metal continues to appear in toys, cosmetics and food containers. It may also appear in water pipes and house paint despite the ban of its use in these common household products.
Targeting manufacturers in a product liability claim provides financial compensation to continue paying for any required medical care. For example, say a contractor installed water pipes containing lead in your home, and your child began exhibiting signs of lead poisoning.
The contractor is likely not at fault because they probably were unaware the pipes contained lead. However, since the pipe manufacturer knew or should have known that the product was dangerous, they may be liable for your child’s harm.
If you or a loved one suffered preventable harm from a defective product, you have the right to a legal remedy. Increasing your knowledge about product liability law can improve the odds of winning your claim.