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PHOENIX, AZ, November 23, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Millions of men and women wear jewelry on a daily basis. Whether expensive or not, they have the ability to compliment an outfit and are often given as gifts to express admiration and love. Unfortunately, both men and women jewelry pieces can have harmful and poisonous amounts of lead that can cause many dangerous health problems. Children can also be susceptible to lead poisoning from jewelry and the health consequences can be more serious due to their weak and developing brains and bodies. Children are also prone to putting jewelry in their mouths making their exposure to lead poisoning in jewelry much more dangerous.
In the Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa areas many types of jewelry have been found to have dangerous amounts of lead and have been recalled by the manufacturer, but that does mean that there still is not hazardous jewelry out there. If you suspect that you are a victim of lead poisoning from a piece of jewelry, you should contact an Arizona personal injury lawyer to discuss your options for compensation.
Many men and women wear the same pieces of jewelry on a regular basis, no matter the quality of the metals used. Unfortunately due to lack of regulation from city officials, there are no warning signs on the jewelry that have hazardous materials. These pieces of jewelry can cause serious health defects that can dramatically change you and your child's life. Some examples of the types of health defects include:
Health consequences of lead poisoning
• digestive problems
• muscle and joint pain
• nerve disorders
• memory and concentration problems
• pregnancy complications
Health consequences in children
• learning disabilities
• poor speech and troubles communicating
• behavioral problems
• impaired growth
• hearing loss
It is difficult to determine which jewelry is safe and which is not. You make trust a certain distributer more than others, but in reality any distributer can unknowingly sell lead based jewelry. An Arizona personal injury attorney can help determine who is at fault, like the store the jewelry was sold in, the manufacturer, or even city health officials.
There are still safety precautions you can take in order to prevent this type of lead poisoning from occurring within your family. Some examples include:
• Try to avoid cheap pieces of jewelry sold at questionable distributers. The cheaper it is, the more likely hazardous materials are within it.
• Jewelry that has visible solder should be avoiding at all costs, since they are prone to having high amounts of lead.
• Purchase a test kit from a manufacturer so you can test the jewelry that you already own and frequently wear.
• Teach your child to never put the jewelry in their mouths, especially if it is of questionable quality.
• Try to buy plastic jewelry for your child if they are susceptible to putting the jewelry in their mouths.
Contact an Arizona personal injury attorney
Jewelry should be a fun luxury to enjoy, opposed to a potentially dangerous item. If you or your children have been diagnosed with lead poisoning and you suspect that a harmful jewelry item was the cause, contacting an Arizona personal injury lawyer can be the best step to convicting those responsible for your injuries. You do not want to be held responsible for the thousands of dollars in medical bills that lead poisoning causes. For more information please contact: www.solomonrelihan.com
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