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Lead, a heavy metal and widespread environmental contaminant, has many harmful effects on the human neurological system. In children, who are especially vulnerable, It has been shown to cause developmental delays, learning disabilities, growth problems, and serious behavioral disorders. In adults, it’s associated with high blood pressure, cardiac disease and stroke. It is a carcinogen.
Even more alarming is the fact that lead can cause these ill effects at extremely low levels—for example, lead in children’s blood at 1 microgram per deciliter, a level once considered harmless, can cause IQ deficits in small children. Lead is also persistent: Once it enters the body, it remains in the bloodstream for weeks, and then is metabolized to bone, where it can remain lodged for decades, capable of re-emerging and causing devastating health problems.
Beginning in the 1970s, federal and state governments took active steps to reduce the presence of lead in the environment, ultimately causing the banning of leaded gasoline and lead paint. But lead remains a dangerous environmental contaminant, discharged from waste and industrial facilities, and leaching into drinking water through lead pipes.
Recently, the news has been full of stories about how the public water system of Flint, Michigan has been contaminated with levels of lead so high that residents have already found the metal in their blood. The problem was caused when the state government, for political and financial reasons, switched the source of the water without adequately testing the “new” water. The new source’s acidic content caused lead from the system’s pipes to enter the drinking water, and expose Flint’s citizens to one of the most dangerous toxins known to science.
Williams Cedar has represented hundreds of lead exposure victims over the last quarter century, and we are familiar with the metal’s health effects and the legal remedies available to victims of lead poisoning. If you have questions about the problem or what you can do about it, contact us using this form or call us at 215-557-0099.
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