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Lead Paint Poisoning Affects Students Scores in Detroit Schools

Our Michigan lead poisoning lawyers represent children and teenagers who suffered damages and injuries due to lead paint poisoning.  These cases are often filed against past or present landlords who fail to properly maintain the painted surfaces on their rental properties.  When a child ingests lead based paint or lead dust, it can cause permanent and irreversible brain damage.  We file lawsuits against these property owners to obtain compensation for the lead poisoned child.

For the first time in 20 years, the U.S health officials have lowered the standard for lead poisoning in children. The old standard for children under the age of 6 was 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. The new standard is 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Currently, it is estimated that 77,000-255,000 children had high levels of lead in their blood; this number is predicted to rise to about 450,000 cases.

According to the CDC, lead poisoning is one of the most common, yet completely preventable, pediatric environmental conditions even though the United States has made great advances in reducing the number of children with elevated blood lead levels.

Lead Poisoning Effects On Children’s Education

Recent reports show high levels of lead in the students of Detroit Public Schools, MI.  This is not only scary, it is extremely dangerous. The study states that the greater the lead poisoning in a Detroit Public Schools student's blood, the higher the likelihood he or she will perform poorly on achievement tests.  This study also took into account contributing factors such as poverty.

Detroit has some of the highest levels of child lead poisoning among all large U.S. cities, largely because of the city's older housing stock and the prevalence of lead paint usage in the 1970s and earlier, according to the study in The American Journal of Public Health.

The research compared blood test results provided by the city health department for more than 21,000 Detroit Public School students with those children's elementary and middle school scores on the statewide Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), the standardized test taken by all Michigan public school students. The research showed children with lead at 2 to 5 micrograms per deciliter in their blood had a 33% higher likelihood of poor academic performance. Also, the research showed students with blood lead levels greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter have a 50% chance of performing poorly on MEAP tests.

Michigan Children Lead Poisoning Cases No Fee Promise

If your child suffers damage due to ingesting lead base paint or lead dust, we will represent you in your Michigan lead poisoning case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!

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Parents of children that have been poisoned by lead should contact the Michigan child injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering the witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case. Call us now at (800) 606-1717.  You can also fill in the Get Help Now box on this page and press “Click To Send.”  One of our top rated child injury attorneys will be in contact you shortly and begin working on your case immediately.

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