NYCHA Lead Poisoning Lawsuits

Posted In: Environmental Law & Toxic Torts

Slater Slater Schulman LLP is currently representing families of children that have been exposed to lead paint in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).  

Red Hook East Houses is one of the oldest public housing projects in the United States, opened in 1939 as Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia fought to stave off the effects of the Great Depression.

According to recent findings the public housing project has the most lead paint in the city. NYCHA refuses to reveal the precise location of lead paint within its 178,000 aging apartments, though it estimates that 55,000 still are contaminated. Newly released data of all NYCHA lead paint test results between 2013 and early 2015 shed unprecedented light on where it is and what’s been done about it.

The data show NYCHA inspected 3,096 apartments during that time. Of those, 1,604 more than half tested positive for lead paint. NYCHA crews then abated these tainted apartments. At Red Hook, records show that between Jan. 1, 2013, and March 30, 2015, NYCHA tested 113 apartments and found lead paint in 105 of them, more than any other development during that time. It was everywhere — in 45 separate addresses spread all over the development. Just about every two weeks a test would come back positive.  NYCHA now estimates some 55,000 apartments likely contain lead paint, including 10,000 with children 6 and under.

If you live in Red Hook East House Houses or any other NYCHA owned building and your child was exposed to lead, please contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office at (800) 251-6990.

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