Have you tested your kids for lead?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects that about 6,700 Virginia children under age six will be affected by elevated levels of lead in their blood. Have you tested your child to be sure he or she isn’t one of them?
Virginia law requires a lead blood test for all children at the ages of 1 and 2 years if they meet certain criteria. The law also requires lead blood tests for children aged 3 and 5 years of age who were not previously tested and meet the same criteria.
Don’t wait for symptoms to appear – if you are concerned about your child’s exposure to lead, you can request a blood test from your pediatrician at any time. The test is very simple and is typically taken by a finger prick in the pediatrician’s office.
Lead Paint in Homes
Most lead exposure in Virginia comes from lead paint in homes built before 1978, but there are other sources of lead in the environment – including unacceptably high lead levels in numerous recently recalled toys. Do yourself a favor and talk to your pediatrician about your concerns. I encourage you to check out the Virginia Department of Health’s Lead Safe Virginia program website.
Richard Serpe: An Experienced Lead Poisoning Attorney
Over the years, Richard Serpe has gained a reputation as being a fierce advocate for the rights of those who have suffered from the careless pollution of their environments. He made history in Virginia when he received a $2,000,000 verdict, which is the largest verdict in the state for a victim of lead poisoning. He has successfully argued for his clients before state and federal courts and has dedicated his career to helping the victims of environmental poisoning receive fair and just treatment.
If your children have suffered from lead poisoning, and you feel that your needs and concerns are not being taken seriously, contact the Law Offices of Richard Serpe for a free legal consultation today.