Are there any long-term health effects from lead exposure?

Clients frequently asked me whether or not I have been able to prove in court that lead poisoning brain damage is permanent. Unfortunately many studies have demonstrated that the negative impact of lead exposure on IQ and other neuro-behavioral outcomes is permanent.

Both long-term and short-term exposure to lead can have serious ramifications. When lead is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is distributed out to the body’s tissue and organs. Though the body can naturally eliminate some of the lead, excess is built up and can cause serious damage to the reproductive, nervous, urinary and blood systems. Common illnesses associated with lead exposure include:

  • Kidney disease
  • Anemia
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Nervous system damage

Even one time exposure to lead can lead to these dire consequences. The more exposure, the greater the risk of serious health problem.