Lead poisoning is stealthy and pernicious. Victims can suffer irreversible damage to their health before they even realize they’ve been poisoned. The symptoms are often slow to appear, and even doctors might mistake them for something else until it’s too late.
The good news is that, in today’s modern world, we know about lead poisoning. We know that lead is dangerous, that the human body is extremely susceptible to it, and that we can make great efforts toward avoiding toxic exposure.
Accordingly, employers have a legal duty in New Jersey to keep their workplaces safe from the threat of lead. Many of the factories, warehouses, and commercial buildings in New Jersey are old and may have been built before we had a solid understanding of these dangers. Similarly, many of New Jersey’s industrial jobs might involve materials or tools potentially containing lead.
That’s why it’s important for employees and employers alike to understand the risks of exposure. Lead poisoning on the job is alarmingly common in the United States, and nearly all of the cases are preventable. Because of employer or third-party negligence, many of our state’s hardworking laborers are unknowingly exposed to great danger.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to lead poisoning on the job, a New Jersey lead poisoning lawyer at The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. can help. We have years of experience in personal injury, including toxic exposure cases, and we command a sophisticated understanding of this complex area of law.
Those exposed to lead poisoning on the job deserve financial compensation for their suffering and related expenses. Our office will work tirelessly to recover everything they deserve.
The Symptoms of Lead Poisoning on the Job
Do you fear that you may have been exposed to lead in the workplace? It’s important to understand that the symptoms of lead poisoning are subtle, gradual, and easily misdiagnosed. You may not experience symptoms even if there are high levels of lead in your blood.
For those who do experience symptoms, lead poisoning may be accompanied by:
- Anemia (decreased hemoglobin or red blood cell count in the blood)
- Central Nervous System (CNS) problems
- Coordination problems
- Digestive problems (constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc.)
- Hearing difficulties
- High blood pressure (hypertension) OR low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Joint pain
- Memory problems
- Mental problems (difficulty concentrating, etc.)
- Mood disorders
- Muscle plain
- Numbness, tingling, and/or pain in the extremities
- Premature birth / miscarriage in pregnant women
- Sperm-related issues in men (low sperm count, etc.)
- Vomiting (usually only in cases of acute exposure).
You may experience only some of these symptoms or none at all. Some may be mild, others more pronounced. Please do not depend on symptoms alone to exclude a diagnosis. If you believe you may have been exposed to lead poisoning on the job, share those suspicions with a doctor immediately, even in the total absence of symptoms.
Seek Compensation with Help from a New Jersey Lead Poisoning Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or illness as a result of lead poisoning on the job, a New Jersey workplace injury attorney at The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. can help.
To schedule a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey lead poisoning lawyer, please call our office at 1-855-432-2489 or use our online quick connect form. Remember: Time limits apply to these kinds of lawsuits, so please do not delay.
The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. is proud to provide representation to injured workers in New Jersey, including Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County, Essex County, and the rest of The Garden State.