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Q: Can I file a lead poisoning lawsuit at the age 21 and get compensated

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Setting aside the difficult question of proving that your elevated blood-lead levels resulted from exposure to lead paint in a specific home growing up, and the extent of any cognitive or developmental impairment, if you are claiming damages for lead poisoning that occurred before your 18th birthday, then you must file on or before your 21st birthday. The statute of limitations for filing a claim for personal injury from a defect or exposure to a dangerous condition in a property is 3 years from the date of exposure or the date you knew or should have known of the injury/damages being suffered (e.g., cognitive impairments and/or diagnosis of elevated blood-lead levels). The SOL does not run against a minor child, however, until they reach 18 years of age, and then they have 3 years until they turn 21. If you were first exposed, diagnosed or developed symptoms within the last 3 years, however, you may be within the 3 year SOL for filing a claim.

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