Post: Mold victim awarded $500,000 Michigan
Posted by Sharon on 8/13/10
Mold victim awarded $500,000
By Staff reports
Posted Aug 10, 2010 @ 11:25 AM
ADRIAN, Mich. — An Adrian woman won a $500,000 judgment
Monday in Lenawee County Circuit Court for a moldy bathroom
she said seriously damaged her health.
A default judgment against owners of Four Seasons
Apartments on South Winter Street was awarded to Dawn Royal
and her two sons.
The judgment was requested by their attorney, Sheldon
Miller of Farmington Hills, after the apartment complex
owner failed to take any action to defend the suit since an
attorney withdrew from the case on April 8.
Miller asked for a $500,000 award for Royal, arguing "toxic
mold" she was exposed to for nearly a year in the apartment
building left her disabled and shortened her life. He
requested $25,000 apiece for her two sons who he said do
not have long-term health damage as serious as their
Royal filed the lawsuit in 2008, claiming that black mold
in the bathroom of an apartment at Four Seasons left her
with debilitating illnesses and unable to work.
Miller told Judge Margaret M.S. Noe that Royal was recently
approved for Social Security disability benefits and that
doctors have told Royal her life will be significantly
shortened because of her exposure to the mold....
"My immune system has been decimated," she said. "The
immune system damage is progressive. I'll never get better."
Royal testified she has undergone 20 outpatient surgeries
to remove growths and is awaiting reconstructive surgery on
her left arm to remove lumps growing there...
An attorney who was defending the lawsuit withdrew after a
legal battle developed between two companies over ownership
of the apartment complex....
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