Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning is caused by lead build-up in the body, often occurring over a span of months or even years. Small amounts of lead can also lead to lethal health issues. Children under the age of 6 are more vulnerable to lead poisoning than any other age group, which can potentially affect future physical and mental development. Lead can affect most of the body, but normally first attacks oxygen-carrying protein found in red blood cells. High levels of lead can be deadly.

Main Causes

Lead-based paint and dust in aged buildings are the more common sources of lead poisoning. Lead can also be found in contaminated air, soil, water, cosmetics, and even toys. It is important to be aware of the symptoms of lead poisoning in order to prevent future health risks and to know when to get help.


Lead inside the blood stream is hard to detect. In some cases, people who seem to be in good health can carry high levels of lead. Symptoms sometimes go undetected until the body has taken in dangerous amount of lead.

Lead in Infants

While in the womb, babies may become exposed to lead through their mothers, resulting in:

  • Difficulty Learning
  • Delayed Growth

Symptoms of Lead in Children

Children with too much lead exposure may demonstrate:

  • Irritability
  • Loss of Appetite and Weight
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Paleness due to anemia
  • Difficulty Learning

Symptoms in Adults

Small amounts of lead exposure can eventually increase the risk factor of high blood pressure and mental decline. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Loss of Memory
  • Moodiness
  • Decreased Sperm Count
  • Premature Birth or Miscarriage
  • Sluggishness or Fatigue

Contact Us

For information on what rights you have as a victim of lead poisoning, contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565.