The Environment Protection Agency said nearly 1 in every 15 houses in the U.S. has high radon levels. Radon is a colorless and odorless gas found in bedrock and produced by the decay of the radioactive element uranium. Every year, radon is cited in connection with thousands of lung cancer diagnoses and deaths in the country.
To prevent radon from jeopardizing the health of occupants, residential building owners and administrators bear the responsibility of keeping their tenants safe from radon with several mitigation options. One of the most popular is the vent pipe system, where a pipe is installed underneath the ground to “pull” the radon up and vent it outside. This method is most effective when holes and cracks in the foundation and crawl spaces are first caulked or sealed.
When property owners fail to take the necessary steps to keep their tenants safe, they might be breaching their duty of care. To know if your situation allows you to pursue damages by filing a premises liability lawsuit, speak with an Appleton-based attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.