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Woman sues over alleged lead paint poisoning

February 12, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

Woman sues over alleged lead paint poisoning

A Hagerstown woman is suing a local landlord, alleging her two infant sons suffered serious developmental and behavioral injuries after being exposed to lead-based paint.

Staci Clipp, of 430 S. Potomac St., is seeking $3 million from Josef Grewe, of 110 Greenwood Circle, on behalf of her two sons, Damien Clipp, 5, and Shelby Clipp, 3, according to the lawsuit filed in Washington County Circuit Court.

While living at 134 Broadway, which Grewe rented to Clipp from October 1994 to July 1995, her sons were exposed to and ingested lead-based paint chips, peeling lead-based paint, and lead-based paint dust inside and outside the home, according to allegations contained in the complaint.

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Exposure to the paint caused Clipp's sons to suffer from lead poisoning, with lead content levels in their blood far in excess of the normal range, the complaint alleged. The lead poisoning has led to serious developmental and behavioral injuries, according to the complaint.

Numerous complaints were made to Grewe, and he or his agents entered the property and observed its dangerous conditions several times, the complaint alleged.

In May 1995, Grewe and his agents attempted to remove chipping lead-based paint from the front porch of the house by scraping and sanding the surface, the complaint said.

But that caused more lead-based paint and dust to spread throughout the house and other areas easily accessible to Clipp's sons, according to the complaint.

The suit accuses Grewe of negligence for failing to remove the lead-based paint, failing to inform her of the existence of a dangerous level of lead-based paint in the house, and failing to properly maintain the property to prevent exposure.

A nuisance charge has also been filed because the existence of poisonous lead-based paint greatly endangered the health of Clipp's children and caused them harm, the complaint alleged.

The complaint also charges Grewe with violating the Consumer Protection Act.

Clipp is seeking the $3 million for pain, anguish, mental distress, and temporary and permanent physical, mental and developmental injuries, according to the complaint.

Attempts to contact Grewe were unsuccessful.

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