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    Posted by Sharon on 8/13/10

    Mold victim awarded $500,000

    By Staff reports
    Daily Telegram
    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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