Can an adult file a lawsuit based upon his or her exposure as a young child?
As long as the adult has not yet turned 21 years of age, he or she can still sue the person responsible, negligent landlords and/or property managers. For example, when children are exposed at one, two, three or four years of age, their parent or guardian are not even aware of the exposure due to their young age. In Maryland, a lawsuit can be filed for a child, but it has to be started by a “next friend” – usually a parent or grandparent. However, it is our experience that many children exposed to lead paint, and who had elevated lead levels in their blood, never had a parent or grandparent or other adult guardian pursue a claim for them. Under Maryland law, these young adults who had elevated lead levels in their blood when they were very young children can still file a claim after they reach age 18, but not after they are 21 years of age. Any young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who believe they had elevated blood lead levels when they were children should contact our office for a free consultation. We highly recommend doing so right away because no claim can be brought after 21 years of age.