Just in time for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, the Maryland Court of Appeals struck down a provision giving landlords immunity in lead paint cases as unconstitutional. The Maryland Daily Record reports the provision was “inadequate and unreasonable”, as it offered children harmed by lead paint a paltry “settlement” of $17,000.
Lead paint poisoning costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year, due to medical costs and loss of income. To put this in perspective, in 2003, it was estimated that the cost to taxpayers in New York was close to $78 million (link opens a PDF) in lost tax dollars, due to the children’s loss of potential income. This doesn’t take into account the medical or associated treatment costs.
For more information on lead laws in Maryland, please visit the Maryland Department of the Environment. Let’s work together to keep Baltimore’s children safe from lead paint poisoning!