The paint manufacturer has a court date set, and will go before the Mississippi Supreme Court next month in hopes of overturning a $7 million verdict rendered last year by a Jefferson County jury. According to the Associated Press, the verdict was the result of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a woman and her son.
The original suit, which was filed in 2000, alleged the boy had consumed lead paint chips and been exposed to dust containing lead created by sanding and other removal techniques recommended by Sherwin Williams. The suit also alleged exposure to the lead paint caused the child to suffer brain damage which became evident when he entered elementary school.
We're hopeful the appellate court will allow the verdict to stand. Lead paint has been banned by the federal government since 1978 after national studies linked it to brain damage in children.
Unfortunately, victims must often take their cases to court when companies fail to comply with government standards, and injury results. If you or someone you love was harmed by a negligent corporation, contact our attorneys for a free consultation. We will be happy to review your case.