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Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer > Blog > Premises Liability > Teen Suffers Stroke And Seizure After Living In Moldy, Overheated House

Teen Suffers Stroke And Seizure After Living In Moldy, Overheated House


You can sue the owner of a property for negligence if you suffer a preventable injury while using the premises for the purpose for which it was intended.  Many premises liability lawsuits are from people who slipped and fell or tripped and fell while visiting a store or restaurant or while engaging Insafe recreational activities at a theme park, gym, or swimming pool.  The same laws apply if someone suffers a preventable illness or injury caused by unsafe conditions in a house they are renting; they can sue the owner of the property or the company handling the rental for negligence.  This year, a family’s dream of moving to South Carolina turned into a nightmare when a young woman suffered neurological injuries due to dangerously high temperatures in the house.  If you have been injured because of unsafe conditions in a house you were renting, contact a South Carolina premises liability lawyer.

Problem-Ridden Rental Home Causes More Than Just Financial Trouble

In the summer of 2020, Isabella Rosson moved from Illinois to Charleston, South Carolina with her mother Kerri Rosson and her brother Austin Zaija.  The house they rented looked great in pictures, but when they moved in, they found it virtually uninhabitable.  During the year they lived there, Kerri made maintenance requests for 103 separate problems, most of which were never fixed.  The deck behind the house was condemned, but the family could protect themselves from danger there simply by not going out to the deck.  It was harder to get away from the fact that there was mold growing in the air ducts and the house had a barely functioning air conditioning or heating system.

In August 2021, the landlord completely shut off the air conditioning for a week in order to repair the HVAC system; meanwhile, the temperatures outside soared into the triple digits.  The heat inside the house got so bad that Isabella suffered a stroke and a grand mal seizure.  Although she was only hospitalized for a few days, she continues to suffer from neurological symptoms.  Although she is able to continue her studies, she has trouble with memory and concentration; she is also unable to look at a screen for more than 15 minutes at a time, which will pose problems if schools go back to remote instruction.

The family has not announced any plans to file a lawsuit.  If they do, they can seek damages for Isabella’s medical bills and other expenses they occurred because of the uninhabitable house.  Since Isabella is still receiving treatment, it is not yet possible to know what her total medical expenses will be.

Contact Us Today for Help

A Columbia premises liability lawyer can help you recover damages if unsafe conditions in a house or apartment you rented on a short-term or long-term basis directly caused your injury or serious illness.  Contact The Stanley Law Group for more information.



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