Mississippi Court Finds Paint Maker Liable in Child’s Lead Poisoning

June 29, 2009

  • June 29, 2009 at 1:51 am
    Dread says:
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    The only way to ingest lead is to breathe dust from sanding lead painted surfaces, or eat a lot of lead paint chips. Good for Sherwin Williams in appealing this, particularly since lead hasn’t been used for 37 years. Nobody should be surprised that a MS jury have huge bucks to one of their own. Elevated lead levels in the blood don’t translate to cognitive damage. This is so typical of un-educated, biased juries.

  • June 29, 2009 at 6:53 am
    DJones says:
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    Why would a parent allow their kid to eat paint chips? Here Johnny, have some dip, it makes them taste better. And, how much do you have to eat?

    Want to win the lawsuit lottery? Stop being a responsible parent.

  • June 30, 2009 at 8:41 am
    Marie says:
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    “stop being a responsible parent”? I doubt they ever were responsible parents. Most lead paint poisoning claims are bogus anyway. There are plenty of other sources to get elevated lead numbers in the blood. Paint gets a bad rap……rap being the operative term. And why is it only one ethnic group has children who have paint chips as a staple food?

  • June 30, 2009 at 10:54 am
    Gork says:
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    Marie, you don’t sound like a very nice person.

  • July 2, 2009 at 2:26 am
    Dr. Sandra Cottingham says:
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    You are right, Deep South. By the time a child is old enough to find paint chips and eat them, the stage of development of the brain is past the critical stage – however it would cause IQ drop at any age.
    It is in-utero exposure that is the biggest concern,
    where the mother’s life’s accumulation of lead leaches from her bones and impacts fetus.
    Why eat paint chips? Because lead is sweet; that’s why the Roman’s used it to improve their bitter wine and why unregulated countries use it in candy and chocolate – cause its cheaper than sugar!
    How much lead does it take to do permanent harm to an unborn/newborn baby? Equal amount to 3 granules of table sugar.
    The paint companies swept this disaster under the rug. Look up Dutch Boy’s claims about their lead paint and good health. They
    disbanned to avoid liability when the truth was uncovered. Even the National Lead Company changed its name.
    Lead is changing us – causing an epidemic of learning and behavior problems. Don’t underestimate the damage lead does to you and your loved ones if you have not done your homework and become a lead-savvy consumer and taken the steps to lead-proof your home.
    If any one wants a good resource on how-to and why-to, I wrote one. Get it out of the library. You don’t even have to buy it! But please… get a copy and read it:
    Breaking the cycle of learning disabilities, declining IQ, ADHD, behavior problems, and autism”

    By the way… lead paint still on the walls and ceiling, becomes dust on furniture, which becomes airborn when dusted – vacuums with bags help make it airborn as well.

    Older homes with children and pregnant women should never be renovated while they are living there.

    On older homes, exterior paint has permanently contaminated yard and garden soil.

    Please take this seriously folks,

    Dr. Sandra Cottingham

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