BRONX, New York — The New York City Housing Authority has been ordered to pay a mother $57 million after the jury found that NYCHA is the one responsible for her daughter’s alarmingly dangerous lead levels.
In January 2010, a pediatrician doing an annual checkup discovered that Dakota was sick. Her blood tests revealed a level of 45 micrograms per deciliter of lead in her blood. Anything over the level of 5 is lead poisoning.
Jones sued NYCHA. Fast forward to 2018, after eight years of legal fight, the Bronx jury decided in favor of the plaintiff. NYCHA has been ordered to pay $57 million due to their negligence to inspect the apartment for lead paint as required by the law.
“The damage had already been done. She didn’t have a chance to go to regular school… She got held over in special ed in second grade,” she said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio puts the blame on former Mayor Michael Bloomberg who was the mayor in 2010 when Dakota acquired the high levels of lead.
NYCHA spokeswoman Jasmine Blake said they are working on the settlement with Jones’ lawyers. “NYCHA is clearly disappointed with the jury’s verdict but looks forward to the final settlement of this matter upon terms agreed to by the plaintiffs,” she said.