Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children. Some health problems linked to lead poisoning include these conditions:
- Lower IQ
- Hearing problems
- Kidney problems
- Stunted growth
Long term effects of lead may substantially affect your child’s health. Lead exposure is linked with reduced intelligence, learning disabilities, low graduation rates, and criminal behavior.
Lead in San Diego Schools
The lead problem in San Diego schools was discovered back in 2017: in March 2017, the San Diego Unified School District announced that fountains at a campus that houses Cooperative Charter School 2 and Emerson-Bandini School had excessive lead levels, with one fountain showing lead contamination at more than twice the legal limit. Students at the site complained that they became nauseous and vomited after drinking water at the school, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, and a teacher’s therapy dog also refused to drink from one fountain, which later tested positive for contaminants.
Lead in drinking water became a nationwide discussion due in large part to the 2015 Flint, Michigan health crisis. California responded by requiring municipal water providers to perform sampling at the schools they served. Testing by the City of San Diego was performed in April – June, 2017.
According to Drinking Water Sampling Results published by the SDUSD, excessive levels of lead (above 15 ppb) were found in a number of schools including: Bird Rock Elementary; Birney Elementary; Cabrillo Elementary; Chollas-Mead Elementary; Education Center; Emerson @ Emerson/Bandini Elementary; Encanto Elementary; Fletcher Elementar; Hoover High School; Mann Middle; Montezuma CDC; Revere Center; SD Cooperative Charter #2 @ Emerson; Webster Elementary; and Wegeforth Elementary.
Children Who Might Have Been Exposed to Lead Are Entitled to Undergo Testing.
The only way to determine if your child has suffered lead poisoning is to have a blood test. This will check the child’s blood level limit, and this can be compared to previous tests before your child started attending school.
If the blood lead levels have increased, you may have claims for compensation.
Contact Lead Exposure Lawyers at Hyde and Swigart
Hyde and Swigart partner Joshua B. Swigart, is leading the litigation for our firm on behalf of San Diego Children who may have suffered lead poisoning at their schools. You can contact Joshua by telephone at 619.233.7770 or you can use the confidential form above. There is no charge or obligation for your outreach, and all information will be held in the strictest confidence.