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According to a federal study, research shows that 1.4 percent of young children had elevated lead levels in their blood in 2004, the latest data available. This compares to almost 9% in 1988. Researchers relate this result to aggressive efforts to get lead out of paint, water and soil.

Lead can interfere with the developing nervous system and cause permanent problems with learning, memory and behavior. Children in poor neighborhoods generally have been more at risk because they tend to live in older housing near industrial areas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe this as “a public health success story". Efforts began in the 1970s to remove lead from gasoline. The study was based on nearly 5,000 children, ages 1 to 5. The government considers levels of 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood to be elevated. There is no known safe level.

Over the years there has been much litigation surrounding lead exposure. Generally the exposure is to lead based paints which are no longer used in new housing. If you or anyone you know has been injured due to lead exposure, please call us.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia, with offices in northeast NC and Virginia Beach (VA), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including aviation/plane accidents, car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. The firm’s website is:, the firm edits three injury law blogs: Virginia Beach Injuryboard & Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects.

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