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Radon exposure increases risk of lung cancer

Posted on July 13, 2015 1:42 pm under Premises Liability

Radon is a natural element that is present on the earth’s surface. This gas is a by-product of uranium decay, and has been found to leak from the ground and into buildings through cracks and holes in solid floors and walls and water supplies.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon is associated with approximately 21,000 lung cancer-related deaths in the country each year. In fact, 260 our of 1,000 people who smoke can get lung cancer if they are exposed to 20 picocuries (pCi) per liter or higher of radon. For non-smokers exposed to the same level of radon, 36 of the 1,000 could get the disease.

Landlords who failed to check radon levels in their premises, refused to inform their tenants about known radon risks, or failed to make the necessary repairs to reduce radon levels could be in conflict with the law. Learn more about how you might be able to file a lawsuit against an negligent property owner by consulting with our team of premises liability attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 today.