18 RI children receive lead paint settlement

March 22, 2010

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PAWTUCKET, R.I.—Lawyers say 18 youths affected by lead poisoning will receive compensation from their former landlords as part of a recent court settlement.

Motley Rice, the law firm representing the children and their parents, says the compensation has been awarded as part of a settlement that was under negotiation for the past year.

Vin Greene, a lawyer for the firm, says the children suffered health problems, which affected their behavior, speech, concentration, memory and motor functions. All of them experienced lead poisoning while living in homes in Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston and Woonsocket contaminated by deteriorating lead paint before age 6.

The settlements were reached over the last year, and the terms are confidential.

The children currently range in age from 9 to 17.