Children Put at Risk, NYC Tenants Outraged by City’s Negligence

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children who are exposed to lead paint have an increased risk of brain and nervous system damage, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, and hearing and speech problems.

The NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) is required by Federal regulations to conduct annual inspections of all apartments with presumed lead paint, but recent investigations uncovered the NYCHA had violated local and federal regulations by failing to perform lead paint checks.

The NYCHA plans to conduct inspections across the city, beginning with the Pomonok apartments in Queens, focusing on units that house children under 6 years old. Residents were warned that if they were not home to open the door, NYCHA would break locks.

Many tenants have expressed understandable frustration; the NYCHA first failed them by preventing potentially dangerous lead exposure, and again by providing very little notice of home inspections, forcing some tenants to run the risk of having their door locks broken.

If your child was exposed to lead paint due to the negligence of others contact us today, we may be able to help you secure compensation.