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Lead Poisoning

Phoenix Lead Poisoning Lawyer

Toxic Exposure Attorneys Serving Arizona

Exposure to harmful amounts of lead can have devastating repercussions for victims and their loved ones, and especially for children. With well-documented adverse effects on the brain, behavior, and nervous system, lead poisoning poses considerable risks of life-altering health consequences. In many cases, those adverse health effects are preventable if not for another’s negligence.

At MayesTelles PLLC, our Phoenix lead poisoning attorneys help victims and families across Maricopa County and the state of Arizona pursue justice following preventable injuries, illnesses, and losses associated with exposure to lead and lead-based consumer products.

Known as “toxic torts,” these civil claims entail complex issues of liability, and are often defended against aggressively by corporations intent on protecting their bottom lines. To level the playing field with powerful defendants and position yourself to recover the compensation you deserve, working with proven attorneys is crucial.

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Lead Poisoning Cases We Handle

Lead is a toxic metal, and its use in consumer products and manufacturing processes has been steadily decreased or eliminated due to its health risks. Still, lead exists in a number of products made years ago, and is still common in many industries today.

Backed by over a century of combined experience, our legal team handles a range of lead exposure / lead poisoning claims in Arizona, including those involving:

  • Workplace lead exposure
  • Lead poisoning in children
  • Unsafe products containing lead
  • Lead in foods, cosmetics, and medicines
  • Lead paint and lead-based household materials
  • Lead exposure in rental homes or apartments
  • Environmental exposure / lead in soil or drinking water

While every case is unique, most will require victims prove another party is at fault for their harm and losses. This may require intensive investigation into the source of lead, as well as the parties responsible for lead products or contamination and whether they failed to meet a “duty of care” owed to victims.

Here are a few examples of how liability may work in lead exposure cases:

  • Filing a premises liability claim against a property owner (such as a landlord, property management company, or premises owner) liable for damages arising from lead hazards they knew or should have known about, but failed to fix.
  • Filing product liability lawsuits against product makers accountable for design or manufacturing defects in products containing dangerous amounts of lead, or for failures to warn about potential health risks associated with products.
  • Pursuing workers’ compensation benefits and / or third-party personal injury lawsuits against negligent third parties (i.e. contractors, building owners, product manufacturers) liable for damages suffered by victims exposed to lead in the workplace.
  • Holding corporations (including industrial plants and facilities) accountable for polluting the environment, groundwater, or soil and exposing nearby residents to lead.

Damages in Lead Exposure Cases

Proving fault andliability is a difficult yet crucial component of any civil claim, and especially so in toxic exposure cases. What’s more, victims will need to prove causation – or that the at-fault party’s negligence was the cause of their harm and losses. This often requires collaboration and supporting testimony from medical professionals who can provide their expert opinion on the likely source of a victim’s exposure, and the nature of its health effects – both in the short- and long-term.

As lead-poisoning can have life-altering consequences, taking a full account of damages incurred by victims, as well as damages they are reasonably likely to incur in the future, can be critical to obtaining a full and fair financial recovery. While damages in your case are specific to the facts and circumstances involved, victims with personal injury claims are generally entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic losses such as:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and lost future wages
  • Permanent disabilities or disfigurement
  • Past and future pain and suffering

As lead exposure can create considerable physical, financial, and emotional losses for victims and their loved ones, it is possible for close family members to also receive compensation for their own emotional injuries, such as their mental anguish, or loss of emotional support and companionship.

Additionally, there are some cases where plaintiffs may potentially recover punitive damages. A form of damages designed to further punish wrongdoers and deter others, punitive damages are reserved only for cases where defendants exhibited egregious negligence or misconduct.

Lead Poisoning in Children

Exposure to lead is most concerning for young children under the age of 6, as their brains and bodies are still developing. Children most at risk are those living in older housing which may contain more lead-based products, including lead paint, lead dust, and lead-based water pipes. Children may also be exposed to lead from their drinking water, food, and various toys or consumer products.

According to the CDC, there is no safe blood lead level in children – even small amounts of lead in blood can have devastating effects on a child’s brain and central nervous system. Common effects of lead poisoning in children include:

  • Slowed growth and development / missed milestones
  • Learning disabilities and behavioral problems
  • Difficulties with hearing and speech
  • Attention disorders
  • Underperformance in school

Childhood lead poisoning is preventable, but some parties with a responsibility to ensure the safety of children may not meet their legal obligations. When children suffer lasting effects as a result, our firm helps families fight for the justice they deserve, and the compensation needed to care for their child into the future.

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MayesTelles has successfully resolved thousands of cases for clients across Phoenix and Arizona, and is readily available to discuss how our experience and resources may be of benefit in your potential case. If you would like to learn more about lead poisoning cases, whether you have a potential claim, and how we can help you pursue financial compensation, contact us for a free case evaluation.

We've Won Thousands of Cases

  • Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving

    Client R.C. was stopped by Mesa Police for a civil traffic violation and later charged with DUI, Extreme DUI, and Super Extreme DUI in a justice court. During the course of their representation, MayesTelles attorneys discovered important inconsistencies in the police reports. When we presented these issues to the State, the prosecutor’s office agreed to drop all DUI charges.

  • Fatal Commercial Vehicle Accident

    MayesTelles Client A.F. and her husband tragically lost their unborn child as a result of the negligence of an individual operating a commercial vehicle in Yuma, Arizona. After substantial investigation including accident reconstruction and filing a lawsuit, the insurance company paid out the policy limits of $1,000,000.00.

  • 4 Counts of Aggravated DUI Dismissed

    Client M.W. was charged with 4 counts of Aggravated DUI in the Maricopa County Superior Court in July 2016 for allegedly riding a motorized bicycle under the influence. The attorneys at MayesTelles demanded that the State include certain materials in their presentation to the grand jury, resulting in the grand jury refusing to indict and the case being dismissed.

  • Client Charged with DUI

    Client, GS, charged with DUI - sentence was reduced to reckless driving.

  • Client Facing Assault Felony

    M.L. was charged with 1 count of Aggravated Assault, a class 3 dangerous felony. She plead guilty to Aggravated Assault, a class 6 undesignated felony, with a stipulation to 3 months of initial jail. She received credit for 32 days and the rest of the jail time was deferred. She was placed on 3 years of supervised probation. She has the opportunity to designate the offense a misdemeanor after successfully completing probation. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with DUI

    Our client, A.R, was charged with 1 count of DUI and 1 count of Failure to Control Speed to Avoid a Collision. During extensive pre-trial investigation, it was discovered that the police made many errors in how they handled the case. We were able to get the client's charges reduced to reckless driving. Location: Glendale City Court

  • Client Charged with Four Felony Counts

    Our client, Ms. D., was charged with two counts of forgery - a class 4 Felony as well as theft - a class 2 Felony and also fraudulent schemes and artifices - a class 2 Felony. We were able to get her conviction reduced to a class 6 undesignated felony with the opportunity to reduce further to a misdemeanor. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with Trespass & Assault

    Our client, T.C., was charged in Maricopa County Superior Court on July 8, 2015 with 1 count of Criminal Trespass, a class 6 felony, and 1 count Assault, a class 2 Misdemeanor. On September 9, 2015, after an 8-day jury trial, our client was found not guilty on both charges. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with Shoplifting

    Our client, Ms. H., was charged with shoplifting - a class 1 misdemeanor. We were able to get her conviction set aside. Location: Phoenix Municipal Court

  • Client Faced 5 Felony Sex Offenses

    Our client, Mr. C., was charged with five counts of felony sex offenses, including two counts of Sex Conduct with a Minor and three counts of Molestation of a Child. We were able to get the case dismissed upon a successful Motion to Dismiss. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with Disorderly Conduct

    Our client, K.F., was charged with Disorderly Conduct, a class 1 misdemeanor. We were able to get this client's case dismissed. Location: Tempe Municipal Court

  • Client Facing Multiple Criminal Charges

    Our client, L.S., was charged on October 20, 2014 in Mesa for an assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage. MayesTelles PLLC was able to get those charges dismissed.

  • Client Facing Multiple Domestic Violence Offenses

    Our client, Ms. C., was facing charges of assault / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), disorderly conduct / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), and criminal damage / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor). We were able to get our client's case dismissed. Location: Mesa Municipal Court

  • Charged with Assault & Failure to Appear

    Our client, L.S., was charged in Phoenix on December 27, 2014 for assault and failure to appear. After completing diversion, our client's case was dismissed.

  • Multiple Felony Theft Offenses

    Our client, Mr. C., was charged with Theft of Means of Transportation (Class 3 Felony) and Trafficking in Stolen Property (Class 3 Felony). Both class 3 felonies have a possible sentencing range of 2 - 8.75 years in prison. We were able to get our client's charge reduced to a Class 1 Misdemeanor with no jail time. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

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