The attorneys at Lipsitz & Ponterio dedicate much of their time to representing children who have been injured by lead poisoning.
We have sued dozens of negligent landlords and pushed our cases with countless hours of work to bring about settlements that will make a difference in the lives of these children. Results in some of our recent lead poisoning cases follow:
- A Buffalo landlord’s insurance company agreed to pay $200,000 to the guardian of a 13-year-old boy who suffered lead poisoning in a Vermont Street house when he was a toddler. Most of the settlement funds have been placed into a Supplemental Needs Trust account that will provide him with future lump sum payments, and additional monies were made available for this young man’s current educational, extra-curricular and counseling needs as he struggles with academic and functional disabilities due to his lead poisoning.
- An Orleans County landlord’s insurance company agreed to pay $150,000 to the guardian of a 7-year-old girl who was lead poisoned as a young baby in her parents’ rental apartment. Most of these settlement funds have been placed into a Supplemental Needs Trust account that will provide her with future lump sum payments for vocational training or education, and some monies were made immediately available for this young girl’s current academic and extra-curricular needs.
- A settlement of $300,000 from a landlord’s insurer was achieved for a 6-year-old Buffalo boy who had very high lead levels and several hospital treatments for his lead poisoning that occurred at apartments on Jewett Avenue, where his mother and grandmother were living. The guardian for this child will receive lump sums for this boy’s future educational needs, and he will also receive monthly payments over a period of years under the terms of his Supplemental Needs Trust and structured settlement.
- Another Buffalo girl, aged ten, received a settlement of $225,000 from a landlord’s insurer for her injuries caused by lead poisoning in a rental dwelling on Mayer Street. Settlement monies were structured to provide lump sum amounts to address this child’s current and future academic needs and to provide funding for vocational training or higher education in later years.
- In Rochester, a settlement for $312,500 was obtained from the insurance companies for two landlords on behalf of a 14-year-old boy who had been lead poisoned as a toddler in two apartments on Alexander and Wilder Streets in Rochester. This young man will also benefit from a structured settlement that will provide him with future economic security and resources to help him meet the challenges resulting from academic and functional disabilities caused by his lead poisoning.