A mold cover-up? A baby is fighting breathing problems and a doctor asked an apartment manager to step in and get rid of the mold. Now, the manager is accused of covering up the mold instead of fixing the problem.
Coughing, wheezing and hacking are symptoms the Gorski family says began after moving into their apartment at Holland place in Appleton.
They’re the sounds of cold season. But for this family of five, they’re symptoms that won’t go away. “The two youngest one Jennifer and jack were coughing all the time.” Joe Gorski explained. It was a red flag for a family who’s youngest has suffered from a heart condition from birth.
Even more mysterious, the family says the symptoms would disappear when they stepped outside. “As we would leave the apartment and go somewhere for the who day, everybody would start feeling better.” Gorski said.
That’s when Joseph says he discovered something growing on the ceiling. “I was actually laying on the couch watching TV when I looked up and seen the mold on the ceiling. I went what the heck?”
While it may have started there, the Gorski’s say they soon discovered it all over their place. “And then it started around the air conditioner around the windows, back again from the wall.
The apartment management tried to clean up and paint over several times. But Joseph Gorski says just hasn’t worked. “You can actually see the mold coming back, on the casing through here.” Gorski described.
The apartment’s manager who wouldn’t go on camera with NBC26 but says because she was new, she was unaware of any issues involving the couple or their concerns.
Health issues that Heather Gorski says she’s reminded of all day long..”Seeing them cry in pain, wheezing, coughing, how hard they’d cough that’s gotta hurt.”
NBC26 also spoke with a representative of Dominium who owns the complex. We were issued a statement saying the company takes all concerns seriously. But admitted the wooden frame windows were prone to condensation. The company has asked tenants to wipe the condensation away.
Political Action Committee – National Apartment Association (NAA) files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.” Sharon Noonan Kramer
Information on Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Toxic Mold Infested Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana continuing to allow tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of mold toxins