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Infested workspace causes man to develop debilitating conditions

Some people in Montgomery County, Maryland have heard horror stories about reckless or lazy landlords, causing headaches for their tenants. From losing out on safety deposits for seemingly false violations to failing in their duty to respond to complaints in a timely and proper manner, these incidents speak poorly for the landlords who can ultimately be held liable if unsafe conditions or negligent behaviors causes a tenant to be seriously hurt.

One man is not holding any punches after he filed a personal injury suit against a landlord seems to have allowed an eerie list of unsafe conditions run amok inside their property.

The man says that he developed debilitating medical conditions due to an infested workspace at a building that his company does not own. He is suing the property owners who rented the space to an engineering company called Bric. From 2009 to 2011, the man worked in his company's space and he says he was diagnosed with asthma and pneumonia because the building was infested with mold and fungi.

After inhaling the foreign compounds on a daily basis, he developed the condition. Taking the advice of his doctor, he filed the personal injury suit, requesting $250,000 for loss of a normal life, medical bills and pain and suffering. Justifying the request, the man's filing says that the owners of the property where he worked failed to maintain safe premises or even inspect the premises for such a threat.

Should the claims be proven, they owners will be liable for allowing unsafe conditions to permeate throughout their property, eventually causing the man's declining health.

Source: Madison St. Clair Record, "Mold and fungi inhalation lead to personal injury suit against building owners," Kelly Holleran, June 28, 2012

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