Although we’ve known about it for years, lead poisoning can still be a genuine public health risk. In 2009, for example, 189 lead poisoning cases were reported in the Bronx and 515 in Brooklyn. If you become sick anywhere in the New York area because a landlord has failed to inform you about the dangers of lead paint in a rental property, you may have grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit, and you’ll want the help of an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney.

One landlord in Florida has been so irresponsible regarding the dangers of lead paint that he’s now the target of a criminal prosecution. Michael Moshe Shimshoni, 56, was indicted last December by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa. Shimshoni is charged with four counts of failing to present approved lead paint warnings to his tenants. He could serve a year in federal prison for each count. Shimshoni’s many rental properties in St. Petersburg have generated numerous nuisance complaints for years in that city.

Lead poisoning is no trivial matter. It causes learning disabilities, stunted growth, delayed development, seizures, and it sometimes leads to death. Peeling lead-based paint in older buildings and homes is the most common source of lead poisoning. Sometimes residential soil has been contaminated by lead; it can also contaminate drinking water through old plumbing. If you’ve suffered a personal injury due to the neglect of a landlord in Bronx County or anywhere in the New York City area, speak with an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney immediately. You may win compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, and in some cases you may be awarded punitive damages as well. A good personal injury lawyer can assess your lead poisoning case and suggest your best legal options. Nothing is more important than your family’s health and legal rights. If you’ve been injured, don’t hesitate to talk with an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney – today.