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Lead is an extremely dangerous substance when it’s used in commercial and consumer applications. It was banned from household paints in 1978 and from gasoline in 1996. However, it’s still found in many items, homes, and business throughout the country—including children’s toys.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that lead, which is invisible to the naked eye and has no discernible smell, is present in metal and plastic toys, especially ones that are imported from overseas.

Children can be affected by the lead content in their toys by handling them during play or by inserting them into their mouths or placing their fingers inside their mouths after touching them. It can be difficult to determine if your child has been exposed to dangerous levels of lead, as only a blood test can verify if exposure has occurred.

Symptoms of lead poisoning include:

  • Developmental delays and learning difficulties – Lead exposure has profound affects on the brain and can cause children to experience difficulties at school and at home.
  • Vomiting, abdominal pain, and weight loss – Lead exposure also affects children physically, especially in their digestive systems, and they may be unable to eat without stomach aches, nausea, or vomiting.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Alabama product injury lawyers want to stand up for the rights of families and children who were injured by dangerous products, including those that contain asbestos or lead. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.