“Just before opening statements in court today, PHA agreed to pay more than $9.5 million to her family. As Joyce reported, the PHA admits no wrongdoing in this case. They, for the most part, blame the Section 8 property owner and management company.”
“The property landlord and management company agreed to pay at least $2 million for their part.”
After years of legal wrangling, the Philadelphia Housing Authority settled Monday morning with a former Section 8 tenant whose daughter was left with brain damage – the result of living with mold.
Fox 29’s Joyce Evans brings you the story of Ebony Gage. She was a typical 12-year old. She developed asthma. Her attacks worsened. She now has profound brain damage. She cannot walk or talk and needs 24-hour care. Her family claims that the PHA ignored years of pleading to fix the hazardous, moldy conditions in their house. Her mother thinks it all could have been avoided.
Just before opening statements in court today, PHA agreed to pay more than $9.5 million to her family. As Joyce reported, the PHA admits no wrongdoing in this case. They, for the most part, blame the Section 8 property owner and management company.
PHA’s statement reads in part, “Our hearts go out to the victim…We hope that the settlements will serve as strong reminders to all landlords on the program that they must responsibly care for units they own and manage.”
Ebony’s attorney, Michael Trunk added that after continuing top fail inspections for year and not repairing the damage the final insult was PHA forcing the family to give 30 days notice before they could move.
It was during those 30 days that Ebony had that terrible asthma attack.
The property landlord and management company agreed to pay at least $2 million for their part.
The settlement will help Ebony’ mother pay for the mounting medical bills that are already in the millions, but she says that Ebony will never be the same girl.
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
Irrefutable evidence indicates that Riverstone Residential, Guarantee Service Team of Professionals, & plaintiffs’ attorney, J Arthur Smith III, must have agreed to exclude evidence that would have shown the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments & Riverstone Residential had knowledge of the severe MOLD INFESTATION at the complex before we moved in