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Philadelphia Housing Authority pays $9M to girl disabled by mold

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The Philadelphia Housing Authority will pay more than nine million dollars to the family of a girl who has become severely disabled because of mold in her privately-managed apartment. The apartment was subsidized with public money and inspected by PHA.

The girl’s attorney says his client can not talk or walk because of a severe asthma attack that led to brain damage.

Barbara Washington is an asthma care coordinator with the Health Promotion Council, a Philadelphia nonprofit. She says this is an extreme example,

“We have not had a case that went to that extent. We have had children who had frequent emergency room visits because of mold in the house. Usually it’s a continuous and progressive episode. A series of coughing, wheezing, congestion. A lot of times, the medication ends up not being enough and they end up having to go to the emergency room to get more extensive treatment.”

Washington says many parents of children who develop asthma because of a problem in the home are so focused on removing the source of the sickness, they don’t have time to wage a legal battle.


  • I forgot to mention that my precident setting mold case in MA ran from 1995-2004. Jury trial. Had many experts, medical, condition, and follow up per the law on facts.
    Dr. Eckardt Johanning, M D., MSc, Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, of Albany, N.Y. and New York, N.Y. The EPA, WHO, and many others hold him in high reguard, Attorney, Guy Keith Vann, of New York, N. Y. assisted many times through out the years including the Daubert hearing, and Attorney, Robert Doyle of Boston/Newton, MA took the case to trial. Schools are effected around the country is has been successful explaining the dangers of mold with the CDC and others. Katrine B. Stevens

    • This is a tragic incident that is representative of many like it – millions of people are sickened by mold. The World Health Organization, in July, 2009, published WHO Guide to Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould. This is a vital document to read in its entirety. Links to it and press releases can be found on and I will keep this family in prayer.

  • I hope this girl will have a chance to enjoy some of life.
    No amount of money can make her better.
    I am very glad there was a legal out come in her favor. I hope there is enogh for the rest of her life.
    My case was precedent setting in MA It over came Daubert and showed
    asthma and mold connected.
    I am grateful to this attorney for doing a good job.
    Yours truely,
    Katrine B. Stevens

  • Mold can cause serious health problems. For accurate information about the health effects of mold, go to and

  • Johnny says:

    Our daughter was ill from mold in our home. It took 13 doctor visits and 8 months before we found out that it was mold. We used ImmunoLytics mold test kit They have easy to use mold test kits at a fair price, and not just your average over the counter kit you get to speak to someone directly from the laboratory about your results.

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