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Local Jury Awards 12-Year-Old Boy $3 Million

Lead Poisoning Was Cause Of Retardation

Jul 11, 2003 | Louisville Channel.com A Louisville jury has awarded a 12-year-old boy more than $3 million.

The award stems from a lawsuit filed by the boy's family against the Louisville Housing Authority, WLKY NewsChannel 32 reported Friday.

The little boy lived in a home on East St. Catherine Street owned by the housing authority. Testing showed that the soil around the home contained very high levels of lead, which caused lead poisoning in the young boy, according to WLKY.

His family sued after doctors found the boy had developed mild mental retardation and other problems from the lead poisoning.

"Because he's mildly mentally retarded and suffers from (attention deficit disorder), he's got a tough road ahead of him," the family's attorney, Glenn Cohen, said.

"We're disappointed with the decision and we're now seriously looking at filing an appeal," housing authority spokesman Tim Barry said.

The housing authority removed the contaminated soil more than a year after the boy tested positive for lead poisoning, WLKY reported. The use of lead paint was banned in 1978.

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