This case was a testament to New Jersey’s jury system. A young man was permanently damaged by a landlord that chose not to care for his building, and an Essex County jury recognized that its citizens should expect more from those they rent from.
NEWARK, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 12, 2015
On Friday, May 1, 2015, a jury of eight awarded $700,000 to a twelve year old boy who was lead poisoned at two separate apartments between the ages of two and five, after a three week trial. Lead poisoning lawyers Alan Konigsberg and Corey Stern from the New York and New Jersey based personal injury law firm Levy Konigsberg LLP won the verdict in the Superior Court of Essex County, New Jersey.*
The young plaintiff ingested lead through paint chips that were flaking from peeling and chipping paint in each of the apartments, as well as from dust that occurred due to opening and closing windows and doors that had been previously painted with lead based paint. Paint chips taste sweet, so a young child that tastes one will likely like the way it tastes and seek more out.
Experts for the child testified at trial that as a result of his lead poisoning, he suffered permanent cognitive impairment, had an IQ of 81, and would never be able to perform twelfth grade work. They also testified that had he not been lead poisoned, he would have been able to obtain an advanced degree after graduating from high school.
After settling with two defendants during the trial for $250,000, the jury deliberated for almost six hours and returned a verdict in favor of the minor child for $700,000 as a result of the remaining defendant’s negligence in his ownership, operation, maintenance, repair and control of the first apartment where the child lived. This verdict marks the largest in Essex County, New Jersey for a lead poisoned child in a decade.
“This case was a testament to New Jersey’s jury system. A young man was permanently damaged by a landlord that chose not to care for his building, and an Essex County jury recognized that its citizens should expect more from those they rent from,” said Corey Stern, attorney for plaintiff.
The lead poisoning lawyers at Levy Konigsberg LLP litigate lead-caused brain damage cases against negligent landlords and their agents throughout New Jersey and New York. If you or your child has been lead poisoned in New Jersey or New York, please call 212-605-6200 or visit http://www.levylaw.com/lead.php to submit an online inquiry.
- Riche v. Chaudhry, et al., No.: ESX-L-5080-12 (N.J. Super., Essex County)