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Baltimore Court Awards $5.1 Million in Lead Poisoning Case


Source: Cochrane & Associates, LLC

The environmental and building consulting experts at Sussex Environmental Health Consultants (SEHC) provide testing services for lead hazards.

Lewes, DE, September 19th, 2011 -- This month, The Daily Record reported that a Baltimore City Circuit Court has awarded a woman suffering from brain damage to $5.1 million. The 20 year old is reported to have spent the first 12 years of her life in a rented property that contained flaking lead-based paints.


Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead.  Lead from paint, chips and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.  This is especially true for children. 


According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches


“Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in paint and other products found in and around our homes,” reported Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, one of the premier lead testing and consulting firms in the Mid-Atlantic region.  “In addition to lead dangers in the home, lead can also be emitted into the air from industrial sources and leaded aviation gasoline, and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials.  Beginning last year, the EPA began enforcing the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule to help protect people from the dangers associated with lead exposure.  The new rule mandates procedures for a number of projects in buildings that could otherwise cause unnecessary exposure of lead to people and workers,” she continued.


SEHC recently sponsored a public outreach video on lead that can be seen at:


To learn more about lead or how SEHC can provide services to protect people from lead and indoor air quality (IAQ) dangers, please visit, email or call (302) 947-1810.


About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC

SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services.  The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide.  SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.

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