Q: What type of lawyer is needed for a rental with toxic well water (e.coli found) & toxic levels of black mold?
I am writing on behalf of my brother’s family.
Their rental is on a well. Main well dried up -they are on the backup well - located up the hill. The water comes out of a uncovered tube. They’ve complained to their landlords & were told the water is fine -they won’t fix or drill a new well.
They took water samples to a testing facility. Found high levels of e.coli – deemed unusable water.
My brother & daughter are getting bloody noses. Wife has had migraines. Her doctor said she has severe mold toxicity.
Part of their roof is sagging & has a leak. They’ve told their landlords about it- did nothing. A mold specialist came. Results came back with toxic levels of black mold.
Their home is unsafe to live. They fear eviction if they continue to push the issues.
They simply want legal representation during what might be a very stressful time.
A: A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You chose the correct categories to post under - landlord-tenant and personal injury. Those are the types of attorneys who would have insight into this. As a starting point, your brother could consult with a landlord-tenant attorney as to the lease issues. In terms of the health issues suffered by the family, there are personal injury attorneys with experience in exposure to toxic or hazardous substances. Good luck
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